Frankincense has a long, rich history. If you’re familiar with Christianity, you’ll recognize it as one of the gifts brought to baby Jesus by the three wise men. References can also be found in Greek, Roman and Middle Eastern cultures.
Today, after extensive research, we know that frankincense is beneficial for the human body in a myriad of ways. Let’s take a look at 5.
#1 – Brain Health
From depression to anxiety, migraines and memory loss – if you’ve got an ailment originating in the brain, frankincense can help!
First of all, it’s a natural sedative. Early on, it was used to induce feelings of peace, relaxation and satisfaction conducive to spirituality. If you’re feeling a bit wired, try adding a few drops of essential oil to your bath. You can also rub the oil on the back of your neck or smell it for a similar relaxing effect.
When burned (you’ll need resin for this), it releases trahydrocannabinole – a mood-boosting psychoactive compound that can act as a mood stabilizer, reducing depression symptoms. As a bonus, frankincense also works to balance thyroid hormones that can cause depression when left unchecked.
Plagued by migraines? Research supports the use of frankincense for those too! It’s all thanks to compounds known as monoterpenes which reduce the blood vessel swelling responsible for headaches.
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#2 – Oral Hygiene
Frankincense has powerful antiseptic and disinfectant properties. According to Dr. Axe, these properties can be used to prevent tooth decay, bad breath, cavities and oral infections. Make your own toothpaste by mixing a few drops of essential oil with baking soda.
#3 – Skin Health
Are you stringent about maintaining healthy skin? Well then, you’ll appreciate (a)stringent frankincense! This ancient healer will protect your skin cells, reduce acne, close pores, prevent wrinkles, fade scars, remove skin tags and tighten skin naturally.
Take 6 drops of essential oil and mix it with one ounce of a base like coconut or olive oil. Apply this mixture directly to any problem areas on your skin. Pay attention to your abdomen and the space around your eyes, as these areas tend to sag with age.
#4 – Inflammation Relief
Frankincense possesses powerful anti-inflammatory capabilities. This makes it absolutely epic for those dealing with a respiratory illness. When it comes to the common cold, for example, it’ll clear up lung mucus and relieve nasal pressure like VapoRub dreams of doing.
Add a few drops of essential oil to a wet cloth and inhale. You can also mix it with a base oil for use as a chest rub.
Frankincense can also come in handy for arthritis. Recently, a study found that use of the ingredient on joints reduced inflammation by 50 to 60%. Whip out that base oil again and mix it with a few drops of essential oil. Rub this directly on your ailing joints for relief.
#5 – Odor-Be-Gone
Of course, how could we leave out this point? Frankincense has a mild woody and fresh smell. If you’ve found other incenses too overpowering, you’ll like frankincense. For best results, you’ll want to burn resin.
The video below will show you exactly how to burn the resin in a charcoal disc.