Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is an aromatic resin obtained from the Boswellia tree. It has been used for centuries for its various health and wellness benefits. Here are some of the potential benefits of frankincense and how to use it:
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Frankincense contains compounds that may help reduce inflammation in the body. This makes it useful for conditions like arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and asthma.
- Pain Relief: It can be applied topically as an oil to relieve pain, particularly for conditions like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Mix a few drops of frankincense essential oil with a carrier oil and massage it into the affected area.
- Stress and Anxiety Reduction: Frankincense oil has a calming and grounding effect. It can be diffused in your home or diluted and applied to your skin to help reduce stress and anxiety.
- Immune System Support: Frankincense may boost the immune system, which can help the body fight off infections. You can diffuse it in your home or apply it topically (diluted) to support your immune system.
- Skin Health: Frankincense is beneficial for the skin. It can help reduce the appearance of scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. You can dilute it in a carrier oil and apply it to your face or body.
- Respiratory Health: Inhaling frankincense oil through steam inhalation may help alleviate symptoms of respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis, and allergies.
- Mood Enhancement: Frankincense can have a positive effect on mood and can be used in aromatherapy to promote a sense of relaxation and well-being.
- Potential Brain Cell Protector: Frankincense contains compounds known as boswellic acids, which have anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. Inflammation is a factor in various neurological conditions, and reducing it can potentially support brain health. Some studies have investigated the use of boswellic acids from frankincense in animal models to assess their impact on brain function and neurogenesis (the process of generating new brain cells).While some findings suggest that frankincense may have a positive effect on regrowing brain cells and protecting the brain from damage, it’s important to emphasize that this research is preliminary. The potential benefits of frankincense for brain health have not been definitively proven in humans, and further clinical trials are needed to establish its efficacy and safety.
Here’s how to use frankincense:
- Aromatherapy: Use a diffuser to disperse the aroma of frankincense oil throughout a room. This can help with relaxation and mood enhancement. We offer aroma therapy of Frankincense and other essential oils that you can add during your massage therapy session!
- Topical Application: To use frankincense oil on your skin, dilute it with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or jojoba oil) to prevent skin irritation. Apply it to the desired area for pain relief, skin benefits, or immune support.
- Steam Inhalation: Add a few drops of frankincense oil to a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel, and inhale the steam to help with respiratory issues.
- Bath Soak: You can add a few drops of frankincense oil to your bath for a relaxing and skin-nourishing experience.
- Incense: Traditional frankincense resin can be burned as incense to purify the air and create a pleasant fragrance.
It’s important to note that while frankincense has numerous potential benefits, it may not be suitable for everyone. Always perform a patch test when using it topically to ensure you don’t have a skin reaction. If you have any specific health concerns or conditions, it’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional before using frankincense for therapeutic purposes.