Due to their healing and therapeutic properties, people have used essential oils as part of aromatherapy for thousands of years. Essential oils are produced from roots, stems or leaves of herbs known to have health properties.
One of the most well-known and well-studied essential oils today is Frankincense essential oil. It offers numerous health benefits, such as reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity, helping relieve anxiety and chronic pain, and even fighting cancer.
It is derived from the resin of the Boswellia Sacara or Boswellia Carterii tree that grows in Somalia.
Frankincense oil can be used either by absorbing through the skin or inhaling it, usually combined with a carrier oil like jojoba oil, coconut oil or unscented lotion. Frankincense oil is considered to transmit messages to brain’s limbic system which is known to have a positive impact on the nervous system. Although ingesting large amounts of the oil can be toxic, a little amount (2-3 drops, 2-3times daily) is extremely beneficial.
When buying essential oils, avoid “perfume oil” or “fragrance oil” because these may be synthetic and do not offer health benefits. So, opt for “100% essential oil” or “pure essential oil” for best results.
Top 8 Frankincense oil uses
1. Stress-relieving bath soak
This beneficial oil will quickly induce the feeling of relaxation, peace, and satisfaction. To relieve stress, just add several drops of this oil to your hot bath. Moreover, you can fight anxiety and make a relaxing atmosphere in your home by adding frankincense oil to an oil vaporizer or diffuser. Plus, some people believe that the fragrance of this oil can elevate your spiritual connection and intuition.
2. Natural household cleaner
The antiseptic properties of frankincense make it an excellent virus and bacteria fighter. This means that the oil could help clean indoor spaces and remove viruses and bacteria from your home. You can use it in your oil diffuser to help lower indoor pollution as well as disinfect any surfaces and rooms in your house.
3. Natural hygiene product
You can add Frankincense oil to your oral hygiene regimen as it has antiseptic properties, so the next time you buy natural oral care products, look for one which contains this oil. It can help avoid dental health problems such as bad breath, tooth decay, oral infections, or cavities. Moreover, you can prepare a homemade toothpaste by combining baking soda and frankincense oil.
4. Anti-aging and wrinkle fighter
The strong astringent properties of the oil make it a great natural remedy to help protect your skin cells. You can use it to help prevent wrinkles, reduce the appearance of large pores, decrease acne blemishes, and tighten and lift your skin, thus slowing the signs of aging. Moreover, the good news is that you can use it anywhere where your skin becomes saggy, like under your eyes, abdomen, or jowls. Simply combine 6 drops with 1oz. of unscented oil and then apply it to the affected skin area.
5. Relieve symptoms of indigestion
Frankincense oil can help you in cases of digestive distresses like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach aches, gas, cramps, or PMS. Similar to digestive enzymes, Frankincense aids in the acceleration of the food digestion. For a gastrointestinal relief, add 1-2 drops of frankincense oil to a tablespoon of honey, or to 8 ounces of water. Make sure it’s not a perfume or fragrance oil if you are going to ingest it orally, but a 100 percent pure oil.
6. Scar, wound, stretch mark or acne remedy
It could help reduce the appearance of scars and support wound healing. Furthermore, it could help decrease the appearance of dark spots related to eczema, acne blemishes, and stretch marks. It could also help stimulate the healing process of surgical wounds. The only thing you need to do is combine a couple of drops with an unscented lotion or base oil and then apply it to the affected skin area. Even though it is beneficial for the skin that is in the process of healing, avoid applying it to broken skin.
7. Natural cold or flu medicine
Frankincense oil is beneficial for respiratory infections from a flu or a cold, as well as for cough relief. The oil can help you get rid of the phlegm in your lungs. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory properties in the nasal passages so it will make your breathing easier even if you have asthma or an allergy. Use an oil diffuser, or add several drops of it to a cloth and inhale to get its respiratory benefits.
8. Helps relieve inflammation and pain
You can diffuse Frankincense oil in your home, or massage it to the painful area to improve circulation and reduce the symptoms of muscle and joint pains connected to digestive disorders, arthritis, and asthma. Just soak a towel in a steaming water which contains a drop of frankincense oil, and put it on the painful area of your body, or over your face to breathe it in, and reduce the muscle aches. You can as well diffuse a few drops in your house, or mix few drops of the oil with a carrier oil and use it to massage your joints, muscles, neck, or feet.
Frankincense essential oil health benefits
1. Help reduce stress and negative emotions
Inhaling frankincense oil lowers high blood pressure and heart rate. It reduces depression and anxiety without the side effects of the prescription medications and doesn’t cause drowsiness.
2. Help boost the immune system and prevents illnesses
Studies suggest that frankincense oil boosts the immune system thus helping in the elimination of dangerous viruses, bacteria, and even cancer. Moreover, it can be used to prevent the formation of germs on the mouth, skin, as well as in your home. This oil naturally relieves oral health issues, since its antiseptic properties help prevent gingivitis, bad breath, toothaches, cavities, mouth sores, and other infections.
3. Fight cancer and reduce chemotherapy side effects
It has been shown that frankincense helps in the fight against cells of some cancer types. According to a 2012 study, AKBA is a chemical compound found in frankincense which successfully destroys cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy.
4. Kills harmful germs and bacteria
Frankincense essential oil is a disinfectant and antiseptic, so it naturally eliminates flu and cold germs from the body and home and can be used instead of chemical household cleaners.
5. Heals skin and prevents signs of aging
Frankincense is able to improve the skin elasticity, tone, defense mechanisms against blemishes or bacteria, it strengthens the skin, and prevents signs of aging. It heals wounds, decreases the occurrence of acne and scars, and lifts skin. Moreover, frankincense may be beneficial for fading of surgery scars, stretch marks, or marks linked to pregnancy, and for the healing of cracked or dry skin.
6. Balances hormone levels
This oil balances the hormone levels, thus lowering the symptoms related to menopause and menstruation. It can help relieve cramps, headaches, pain, constipation, nausea, anxiety, mood change, and fatigue. Furthermore, the oil aids in the regulation of the production of estrogen and lowers the risk of cyst or cancer development in pre-menopausal women.
7. Eases digestion
Frankincense has been shown to decrease stomach aches and cramps, aid the digestive system to properly detox and obtain bowel movements, relieves nausea and stomach pains associated with PMS, and helps to eliminate the excess water from the abdomen which can lead to bloating.
Frankincense oil does all this by stimulating the digestive enzymes secretion, relaxing the digestive tract muscles, improving the production of urine, and increasing the circulation essential for digestive health. Moreover, it was proved that it lowers the symptoms of chronic colitis, leaky gut syndrome, IBS, Chron’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.
8. Acts as a sleep aid
This oil is beneficial for reducing the levels of chronic stress and anxiety which can keep us up at night. Its scent is calming and can naturally help you to fall asleep. Frankincense can open your breathing airways, help your body to get the perfect sleeping temperature and get rid of the pain that keeps us up during the night.