The health benefits of frankincense oil are impressive! It can can be applied topically to help with dry skin or diabetic leg ulcers. It can also be used to remove unsightly skin tags and to help heal burns. It is also beneficial for improving brain issues like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
On an emotional level It helps to ground us and connect us with others. It also helps us to open our memory recall and clarity of thought. Scientific studies show that frankincense helps to repair damaged DNA in the body.
This oil should be used not only to combat existing health concerns but as a way of strengthening your body and preventing sickness. Frankincense does a great job of keeping chronic inflammation in check in the body. It can be used for a wide and diverse array of health problems. You should take this oil as part of your daily health regimen. The finest frankincense can be ingested orally. Take two drops under your tongue morning and night.
What is Frankincense?
This essential oil is produced from the resin of the boswellia tree. The trunk of the tree is scored or carefully cut by workers. The tree’s resin slowly flows to the incision forming what are referred to as tears. These tear drops are carefully harvested and then processed.
The workers actually sleep among the frankincense trees during this process in order to guard against theft or damage to the forming tear drops. After the resin has been harvested skilled workers divide the resin into three different grades. The finest oil is produced from the resin closest to the tree trunk. It is much lighter in color and is highly prized.
The best frankincense in the world comes from a specific region of Oman in the Middle East. The frankincense tree thrives in this arid and rocky terrain. One of the reasons the resin has so many health benefits is due to the fact that the tree has learned to adapt and survive in a very harsh climate that experiences annual temperature extremes. The tree passes on to us some of those health benefits through it’s resin.
There are several species of boswellia trees. They grow in Somalia, the Arabian Peninsula and in India. Many consider the boswellia seratta grown in Oman to produce the finest therapeutic grade frankincense.
Benefits of Frankincense
Here is a list of some of the many health benefits of frankincense essential oil:
- Colds and flu
- Digestive problems – Crohn’s disease, ulcerated colitis, stomach upsets
- Removes skin tags (apply several times daily)
- Improves eyesight (night vision and focus)
- Helps heal open wounds
- Decreases depression and anxiety
- Parkinsons Disease
- Alzheimers Disease
- Joint pain
- Improves circulation
- Cell regeneration
- Protects against infections
History of Frankincense
Anciently, the three wise men brought frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child! It has been a valued commodity for thousands of years. The famous frankincense trail is still visible in satellite photos of the earth.
At one time this precious tree resin was more valuable than gold. It has been used in religious ceremonies as an incense for centuries.
Caravans with camels laden with their valuable cargo would use the frankincense trail to reach the fortress city of Petra. Here merchants would store their valuable commodity among the narrow rock passage ways and caverns of the city.
Originating from Northern Africa, India, and the Middle East, frankincense oil has been important both socially, economically and medicinally for thousands of years.
At one time farmers produced 3,000 tons of frankincense annually. The demand over time has declined and much less of this valuable essential oil is produced today.
How to Use Frankincense?
This oil can be used aromatically, topically or internally (depending on brand). I like to smell the aroma straight from the bottle. I have also tried it orally, just two drops under the tongue. It does not taste good so be prepared, but I did feel like it gave my body a boost. This oil can be added to other oils to improve their effectiveness. Remember, a little goes a long ways.
You can apply this oil “neat” to the skin. It is very soothing and healing. Apply a drop to the back of your neck to help balance your emotions. Take a couple of drops and run into your hands with two drops if orange oil and peppermint oil. Cup your hands over your nose and breath deeply several times. This combination makes a great pick me up during the day.
Here are some additional practical every day benefits of frankincense as reported by essential oil users:
- Reduces stress
- Helps me to stay calm on hectic days
- It helps me stay focused
- Childrens cuts and bruises
- I apply it to my skin issues
- I add it to my facial moisturizer
- Boots my immune system
- I apply it directly to my face for softer skin
- Mix with coconut oil and use to help reduce children’s temper tantrums
Frankincense Research Studies
The following summaries of recent scientific research demonstrate the potential health benefits of frankincense oil and other natural essential oils.
1. A study published in 2013 concluded that compounds found in Boswellia carteri (Frankincense) inhibited tumor cell proliferation or growth.
2. A study conducted by the Department of General Surgery, Long Hua Hospital, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine showed that “All fractions of frankincense essential oil from Boswellia sacra are capable of suppressing viability and inducing apoptosis (cell repair or removal) of a panel of human pancreatic cancer cell lines.”
3. A 2013 study done at the Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine in India found, “A pentacyclic triterpenediol (TPD) from Boswellia serrata has significant cytotoxic and apoptotic potential in a large number of human cancer cell lines. To enhance its anticancer potential, it was successfully formulated into solid lipid nanoparticles…”.
4. Another 2013 study, this one conducted by the Central Laboratory of German Pharmacists stated “Boswellia serrata gum resin extracts (BSE) revealed potent anti-inflammatory actions in preclinical and clinical studies. In 2002 BSE was assigned an orphan drug status by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) for the treatment of peritumoral edema.”
We encourage additional scientific research into the health benefits of frankincense and other pure essential oils.