A runny nose, constant sneezing, watery eyes… we’ve all been there. Catching a cold is a pain, but it happens to the best of us. While over-the-counter medications can help temporarily relieve your symptoms, there’s a certain essential oil that works even better.

Frankincense essential oil is known for its healing properties. Smelling slightly of honey and lemon, it’s produced by the resin of the Boswellia tree, which grows in African and Arabian regions. If you find yourself battling a cold, skip the pills and try Frankincense oil instead. You might be pleasantly surprised at this essential oil’s healing abilities.

Here’s what you can use it for:

1. Frankincense Helps Relieve A Cough

An irritating cough often comes along with a common cold. If your cough won’t subside, gargle with a mixture of water and several drops of frankincense oil. This helps eliminate phlegm in the lungs to clear your airway and make breathing easier. You can also massage the oil on your neck for further relief.

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2. Frankincense Strengthens Your Immune System

Consuming frankincense oil can help boost your immune system to block out colds and other illnesses. Studies have shown that it may help destroy dangerous bacteria, viruses, and even cancers. It can also be used to prevent germs from forming on the skin and mouth. After testing to make sure you don’t have a sensitivity to it, dilute a drop of frankincense into coconut oil, a teaspoon of honey, or a glass of water.

3. Frankincense Helps You Sleep Better

It can be pretty difficult to get a good night’s sleep when you’re sick. Try using a diffuser or vaporizer with frankincense in your bedroom. The calming aroma will help you relax and you’ll be off to dreamland in no time at all. It will help open your breathing passages, allow your body to reach an ideal sleep temperature, and eliminate any pain that may keep you up at night.

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4. Frankincense Soothes Aches And Pains

Body aches often appear when your immune system is fighting an illness. Frankincense oil is naturally soothing and has the ability to inhibit inflammation. You can massage it on your neck, shoulders, and back for a calming effect. The oil will penetrate into the pores of your skin and boost your body’s dopamine production, helping you relax while combating symptoms of fatigue.

5. Frankincense Helps Relieve Anxiety

If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, you’ll have a hard time recovering from that pesky cold. Try rubbing Frankincense oil on the palms of your hands and slowly breathing it in. You’ll feel a soothing, calming effect that will help relieve nerves and anxiety. When inhaled, frankincense has been shown to reduce both heart rate and high blood pressure. It also has anti-anxiety abilities.

Check out the video below for a congestion-clearing rub that includes frankincense!