Frankincense is also known as olibanum, its oil is extracted from the resin of Boswellia carteri or Boswellia sacra tree. Frankincense word derived from Old French which means high-quality incense. The oil has been used for centuries in religious ceremonies because of its positive soothing aroma and for medicinal purposes for of its healing properties.
Frankincense offers a variety of health benefits that include boosting of the immune system, fight against cancer cells, its aromatherapy helps to relieve chronic stress, anxiety, and much more.
Frankincense Essential Oil Benefits And Uses
DIY frankincense room freshener
You can make your own room freshener with frankincense and can enjoy its satisfactory fragrance that helps release stress. To prepare this you’ll need a spray bottle. Add 15 drops of frankincense essential oil, 15 drops of grapefruit oil, 30 drops of douglas fir oil in the bottle and fill the rest with water. Now spritz it wherever you want to enjoy its rich fragrance.
Use it as a household cleaner
Its antiseptic properties make it the best household cleaner, use it in a diffuser to disinfect the atmosphere of the room. Spray that DIY room freshener (recipe of which is given in the above paragraph) on the carpet, furniture, other households to kill harmful germs or bacteria and create a safe and comforting environment.
Maintains oral health
Frankincense oil when use orally prevents bad breath, cavities, tooth decay, mouth sores, and other oral infections. You can also create frankincense mouthwash by adding 1 drop of frankincense oil and 1 drop of peppermint oil to a half cup of water and swish swash it in your mouth for a minute then spit.
The astringent quality of frankincense oil protects premature teeth and hair loss. It strengthens hair roots, gums, tones skin, contract muscles, relieves diarrhea, reduces wrinkles and helps in blood clotting to stop bleeding from wounds.
Helps lighten stretch marks or scars
Frankincense oil not only fastens the healing process, but it also lightens the marks that wounds leave behind. It improves the elasticity of skin, lifts skin, lightens dark spots, and is also effective in fading stretch marks or acne scars.
Frankincense oil for age spots
Frankincense oil advances regeneration of healthy cells and furthermore keeps the current cells and tissues sound. When you unite this part of frankincense oil with its effective astringent properties, you have a strong anti-aging quality that this oil is frequently utilized for. It aids you to remove age spots, remove wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and it usually tones and tightens the skin, while at the same time supplanting old cells with the new ones.
Hand and foot fare
In cold winter air, our palms loss its moisture and become dry and scaly, adding a few drops of frankincense oil to your lotion can repair those dry hands and rejuvenate the skin. Do the same with your feet to keep them hydrated and soft. You can also rub a drop of this oil on your hand and toe nails to make them strong, shiny and look healthy.
Frankincense essential oil acts as a natural medicine to promote urination which removes extra water from your body and with that it also eliminates harmful toxins. Removal of extra water from the body also results in weight loss.
Full body tonic
Benefits of pure frankincense oil makes it a full body tonic as it benefits all the systems of the body. These benefits include reduction of respiratory issues, improvement in the process digestion, nervous system, excretory system and also aid in the absorption of nutrients from the food we intake. Besides, frankincense oil fortifies the immune system and keeps you solid.
Is Frankincense Oil Safe?
Yes, the oil is safe but before actually start using it, check the oil by applying on a small patch of skin to see if you are not allergic to it. It’s best to use frankincense oil with a carrier oil like olive, coconut, jojoba oil and any other of your choice. Dilute it before oral use and you should know that not all the frankincense oil brands are made for internal use so ensure you read the label before taking it. The oil has no severe side effects and in rare cases can cause gastrointestinal discomfort, skin rash, stomach ache, and hyper-acidity.
Word of Caution
- Not recommended to ingest for children below 12 years of age.
- Not recommended to use for pregnant women and nursing moms. Do not diffuse in the presence of babies and small children.
- Frankincense oil is flammable, so, do not use near flame, fire, heat or sparks.