So why is Frankincense is awarded the title “The King of Oils”? Does it date back to its well-versed uses in the birth of Christ? Because it is one of the more expensive oils to purchase? Or is it because of its versatility, and powerful anti-aging properties?
Frankincense Essential Oil comes from the Boswellia Carterii tree, native to Somalia and regions of Pakistan. This sacred tree which produces Frankincense & Myrrh are practically impossible to grow outside of the Arabian Peninsula, resultant they are in short supply and high in demand.
How fitting then that the word ‘Frankincense’ came from the old French translation of ‘franc encens’, which means ‘quality incense’.
Here are the various benefits of using Frankincense for our physical appearance:
- It aids cellular function and appearance of healthy-looking skin, evening out skin tone and minimizing blemishes
- It helps reduce the appearance of sunspots
- Improves skin tone, reduce / prevent wrinkles appearance, lift and tighten skin to stop or reverse signs of aging due to its powerful astringent properties
- It keeps hair shiny & moisturized, soothing hair follicles
Frankincense is not a purely shallow oil, however, it also has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties, making it a contender to aid with digestive, respiratory & nervous systems problems. Here are some of its benefits for our mind and body:
Boosts Immune system – allowing us to fight off bacteria and viruses. It can help to break up mucus in the respiratory tract & lungs and alleviate congestion.
Reduces stress & anxiety –This oil is shown to reduce high blood pressure and our heart rate when it is inhaled. It is also used to alleviate the symptoms of anxiety &depression.
Improve digestion –It speeds up the release of gastric juices in the digestive tract such as bile and acids. It stimulates peristalsis–the muscle contractions, helping move food through the digestive tract, which can also help relieve cramping and constipation.
Helps improve Asthma
This oil can help reduce the symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath.
Helps Maintain Oral Health
Frankincense consists of boswellic acids which has good antibacterial/ antiseptic properties, making this oil useful in preventing and treating oral (mouth-related) infections, includes, toothaches, bad breath and cavities.
May Improve Stomach Function
This oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which can help with digestion and in particular reduce the symptoms of diseases including ulcerative colitis & Crohn’s disease.
This oil is a popular choice for using in our diffusers, as its aroma creates such a sense of calm and relaxation, while helping to balance the emotions and reduce stress. It is often used to aid meditation.
Try this blend to create emotional wellness:
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Bergamot
3 drops Copaiba
It has become easy to see why this oil has the title King of Oils, its rich set of benefits and woody aroma make it an exquisite choice.