Healing Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense is a non-toxic, non-irritant natural oil which is suitable for most people and has some incredible healing benefits. It can improve asthma, gut function, and stimulate the immune system, it can soothe stress, anxiety and calm the mind, amongst many other wonderful things. Let’s take a closer look at how this natural oil can do such things.
How do essential oils work?
“In aromatherapy, inhaling the scent of an essential oil (or absorbing it through the skin) is thought to send messages to the limbic system, a brain region that influences our emotions and nervous systems. Proponents suggest that essential oils may affect a number of biological factors, such as heart rate, stress levels, blood pressure, breathing, and immune function.”
How does it beautify and rejuvenate your skin?
The potent antiseptic qualities in Frankincense Essential Oil can combat acne and shrink pores. Frankincense heals wounds faster, tightens mature skin, reduces the appearance of scars and minimises wrinkles by promoting the growth of new skin cells.
How does it provide a balance for both dry and oily skin?
Frankincense is naturally a powerful astringent, regulating sebum and removing excess oil, it helps moderate either dry or oily skin. The Boswellic acids in Frankincense kill the bacteria associated with acne; with its anti-microbial qualities, it is a strong antiseptic and disinfectant.
How does it ease anxiety and soothe stress?
Frankincense is one of the best essential oils for stress and anxiety, because it helps to quieten and focus the mind. According to a 2008 study, an aromatherapy hand massage using a blend of frankincense, lavender and bergamot improved anxiety, depression and pain in people with terminal cancer. The effectiveness of certain neurotransmitters is boosted, which are linked to having a positive mood and thus easing anxiety and stress signals.
How does it calm the mind?
Frankincense may help promote a calm mood, enhance feelings of well-being, and even strengthen learning and memory. Many of these benefits are attributed to the anti-inflammatory activity that this essential oil demonstrates.
This miracle oil enhances mood by boosting the effectiveness of certain neurotransmitters in the body, which are linked to having a positive mood.
How does it stimulate the immune system?
Frankincense can help to constrain harmful microorganisms, and the Boswellic acids are able to support the immune system. This creates a strong defense against infections, injury, inflammation and associated health conditions.
Frankincense Oil supports your immune system by increasing white blood cells, which are essential for your body to better fight infections.
How does it relieve pain associated with rheumatism, asthma & muscular aches?
The anti-inflammatory properties in Frankincense Essential Oil can reduce inflammation and therefore pain associated with osteoarthritis, knee pain, rheumatism, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, muscular aches and so on. It is used to treat chronic inflammatory illnesses, as well as other significant illnesses. It also helps to reduce the levels of a cartilage-degrading enzyme.
A 2008 review of multiple studies showed clinically significant pain reduction of short-term use, more studies need to be done on long-term effects.
The Boswellic acid in Frankincense can prevent the formation of leukotrienes in the body. Leukotrienes are molecules which have been identified as a cause of inflammation. They may trigger asthma symptoms.
How does it aid Lung Qi circulation?
Frankincense aids Lung Qi circulation. If you haven’t heard of this before, it’s worth looking up. In short, Qi can become blocked due to the stress of anxiety. This stagnation leads to the slowing of blood flow, which means that it can manifest as many different health issues. Depression is a common sign of Qi stagnation. Most definitely one for a separate blog! Do let me know if this interests you.
How to use Frankincense Essential Oil?
Dilute with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil, or peach kernel oil which are often used in the Dandelion-Rose products. Then massage into the skin in areas like the wrists, neck and temples to ease tension and bring clarity to your mind.
To absorb the oil deep into your pores, use a few drops of Calming Spice Aromatherapy Oil in a face bath for a deep clean once a week. This also reaps the benefits of inhaling the oil, soothing the respiratory tract and really enhancing feelings of wellbeing just to mention a few! Frankincense may also help you to slow down and deepen your breathing.
(The benefits are astounding, however I must ask that you do this safely by starting with 1-2 drops for a short period of time such as 30 seconds, and let some steam off first, make sure you don’t burn yourself! When you know that it works for you, you can slowly increase the time. I do ten minutes at a time. Some believe that the heat absorption can create inflammation and therefore worsen asthma, but personally it helps mine ten-fold. See what works for you, and let me know!)
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