Frankincense oil is an essential oil that has been steam-distilled from frankincense, an aromatic resin that is obtained from the Boswellia sacra tree. It is commonly used in aromatherapy and in handmade soap. The resin itself has been used as an incense for 6,000 years, first in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and later introduced to Western Europe during the Middle Ages. It is commonly used in church services, particularly at Christmas time.
Both the resin and the oil have a uniquely earthy scent, suggestive of aromatic musty pine with spice and citrus notes. The oil smells slightly sweeter than the resin.
Frankincense oil is high in sesquiterpenols, sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes, ketones, and monoterpenoles, with known anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, expectorant, astringent, and antioxidant properties. Advocates have testified to its efficacy in treating anxiety, treating asthma, stimulating the immune system, healing cuts, improving digestion and smoothing wrinkles. There is ongoing research into frankincense oil's ability to fight certain cancers.
How to use frankincense oil
There are three main ways of administering frankincense oil. Always use a high quality frankincense essential oil, which is available here.
Frankincense oil blends nicely with citrus essential oils.
Add one or two drops of frankincense essential oil to your diffuser or oil burner to fill your room with a sense of peace, wellness and overall satisfaction. Try this in the morning for a great start to your day.
Try adding one or two drops of frankincense essential oil to a carrier oil. This will create a grounding massage oil that will relieve stress and anxiety.
Essential Oils are highly concentrated and must be used with care.
Not to be taken internally.
Do not use frankincense oil for medical treatment without first speaking to a medical professional.
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