Frankincense Essential Oil

“King of Essential Oils”

Why the king, well this is due to its impressive amount of uses and benefits that really makes it the king of all oils.

It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer power has been on the radar of researchers around the globe for several years now, and science is starting to catch up to traditional folk medicine regarding frankincense essential oil benefits!

Frankincense is often used in aromatherapy as it has a sweet, spicy, woody scent. It gets its name from the French phrase “franc encens”, which means “high-quality incense”.

Frankincense has always been in high demand and history tells us many fascinating things about how ancient cultures used it.

The ancient Phoenicians used frankincense in trade, their caravans carrying the treasured balm on orders of the pharaohs as the Egyptians used frankincense in rituals, which made it a valuable commodity for them.

In Babylon, nearly 60,000 pounds of frankincense resin burned annually for its aromatics and its role in rituals.

In the Bible the Magi bringing frankincense along with gold and myrrh to the infant Jesus.

More than a costly, fragrant gift, frankincense essential oil benefits are well documented and have made this tree resin famous today.

An interesting fact is due to the amazing aromatic properties of frankincense, it was also used in Egypt to embalm the dead. The Egyptians would use it as a part of the mummification process in order to prevent decomposition.

Nero, a Roman emperor, burned a whole year’s worth of frankincense at his favourite mistress’s funeral. Now, if you look at the prices for a 5ml pure Frankincense essential oil, would you burn a whole years’ worth of it for any reason?

Not only was the frankincense to help with the embalming process, but it was believed that some of the funerary objects would accompany the dead to the afterlife.

When King Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1922, some 50 alabaster jars designed to hold 350 litres of oils were discovered. While tomb robbers had stolen nearly all of the precious oils, some of the jars still contained oil traces. The robbers chose oils over a literal king’s ransom in glittering gold, showing how valuable fragrant essential oils were to this ancient civilization.

After thousands of years, the frankincense in the tomb still retained its smell, which impressed the archaeologists who made the amazing discovery. Frankincense is even mentioned in historical documents dating back to 2500 BC!

Frankincense resin is obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia (family Burseraceae). Incisions are made in the trunks of the trees to produce exuded gum, which appears as milk like resin. The resin hardens into orange-brown gum resin known as frankincense. There are numerous species and varieties of frankincense trees, including Boswellia serrata in India, Boswellia carteri in East Africa and China, Boswellia frereana in Somalia, and Boswellia sacra in Arabia, each producing a slightly different type of resin. Differences in soil and climate create more diversity in the resins, even within the same species. The aroma from these resins is valued for its presumed healing properties and superior qualities for religious rituals since the time of the ancient Egyptians [1], and has been used in incense, fumigants, and as a fixative in perfumes.

Young Living distils Frankincense oil from the resin of Boswellia carterii trees located in northern Africa, near the Arabian Peninsula. Frankincense is a key ingredient in many products.

Frankincense resin has been considered throughout the ages to have a wealth of health supporting properties. It has been used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases in traditional medicine of many countries.

It has been reported that Frankincense Essential Oil may assist with:

· Boosting the Immune system

· Fighting pain and inflammation

· Preventing and treating certain cancers

· May reduce arthritis and osteoarthritis

· May improve gut functions

· May improve asthma

· Maintains oral health

· May fight certain cancers

· Anti-aging properties

· Can be used for moisturising

· Antibacterial and antiseptic

· Protects the skin

· Hair maintenance

These are just a few of the uses I found during my research. There is so much more information regarding this powerful oil. I personally use Frankincense in my beauty products, I have tablets I drink every day, I diffuse it and I use it in all my products I make. I just believe that if it does not make sense not to have frankincense in it.

And did you know you can also use Frankincense as a flavour or food supplements. Cool, don’t you think.

What essential oil blends well with frankincense?

Frankincense essential oil blends well with a variety of other essential oils. Try combining it with lavender, orange, grapefruit, sandalwood, cedarwood, neroli, lemon, geranium, rose, ylang ylang or clary sage oils

(Rose Essential Oil is available on request).

Since I started using essential oils, I have used the Daily Wellness Oils

I put 1 drip of each in a tablet with a drop or 2 of Olive Oil and drink it every morning.

Some recipes for your diffuser:

Wake me up:

2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

2 drips Lemon Essential Oil

Stress away:

2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drips Peace & Calming Essential Oil

3 drops Orange Essential Oil

Peaceful Orchid:

2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

3 drops Orange Essential Oil

1 drop Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Help me sleep:

2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drops Lavender Essential Oil

2 drops Vetiver Essential Oil

1 drop Cedarwood Essential Oil

Bitch Stick:

3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

3 drops Lavender Essential Oil

3 drops Clary Sage Essential Oil

Help my Memory:

2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

2 drops Rosemary Essential Oil

Clear Thoughts:

5 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil

3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drops Vetiver Essential Oil

Roller Bottle Recipes

These are the recipes that I use. Depending on your situation and the age of your children, you may want to increase or decrease the amount of essential oils in each roller bottle. Also, remember certain oils can not be used while pregnant or breastfeeding. Another thing to remember is the photosynthesis oils. Do not roll these on areas that will be in the sun.

Feeling Anxious:

10 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil

15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil

10 drops of Grapefruit Essential Oil

10 drops of Ylang Ylang Essential Oil

Add to 10 mL bottle and top off with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or carrier oil of your choice.

Wellness Roller:

10 ml Roller Bottle

5 drops Purification Essential Oil

5 drops Thieves Essential Oil

3 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

3 drops Lemon Essential Oil

1 drop Oregano Essential Oil (optional)

Fill rest of the bottle with V6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil or any organic carrier oil of your choice.

Have you ever tried making your own Anti-Wrinkle cream?

Try this one out:

4 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drops Rose Essential Oil

8 drops Lavender Essential Oil

30 grams Unscented Face Cream

When you buy your pure Frankincense Essential Oil always;

  • Read the product description and the ingredients list thoroughly. A bottle that says “frankincense” could be a dilution or a mixture of frankincense and another oil such as myrrh. It’s always best to double-check.

  • Buy dark glass bottles as many essential oils are sensitive to sunlight and plastic, which means they break down quicker in a clear plastic container. For long-lasting use, buy essential oil in a dark blue or amber glass container. Store at room temperature, away from a warm area.

  • Research which brands have the best reputation and customer reviews, and buy from them. A cheaper oil might not be as effective or high quality. Only buy a bottle with clear directions, to ensure safe use.

  • The label should include both the common name and the Latin name, so a bottle will read as: “Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia sacra)” or “Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia frereana)”. Both these variations of frankincense are similar, but there are dozens of variations of the tree, which means that an oil that is made from the same species of tree might not necessarily be frankincense.

Frankincense essential oil truly is the king of essential oils due to its impressive amount of uses and benefits. Whether you’re interested in aromatherapy, beauty, or are seeking help for issues such as Chron’s disease or asthma, this oil can help. Although frankincense is safe for most people; contact your doctor if you experience any adverse effects such as nausea or cramps. Consult your physician before using essential oils to assist in managing any medical conditions.

Although frankincense is safe for most people; contact your doctor if you experience any adverse effects such as nausea or cramps. Consult your physician before using essential oils to assist in managing any medical conditions.

If you have not used an Essential Oil before, always do a patch test to help you know whether you might have an adverse reaction to it.


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