Frankincense Oil: Uses and Benefits
The first thing that comes to mind when you think about essential oils may be olive or lavender oil. There is a high chance that you have never heard about the essential oil frankincense at all.
Well, you should know about it, because frankincense oil (also known as olibanum) is one of the most ancient oils recognized through the centuries for its healing and therapeutic properties. Commonly called sacred frankincense oil, it originates from the resin of Boswellia sacara tree grown in Somalia.
Common frankincense oil benefits
Not just the oil itself but also the leaves and stems of the roots are known for their health benefits. For example, frankincense oil is one of the most used oils in aromatherapy, and may relieve chronic depression, stress, anxiety, reduce pains and the moderate inflammation, and even improve the skin tone.
Take a frankincense based bath for a stress relief
One of the most recognized frankincense oil uses is the instant induction of satisfaction, peace, and relaxation. If you want to relax after a hard-working day, consider following the recommendation from Wellness Mama for a stress-relieving bath with a few drops frankincense oil. Instead of a warm bath, you may add some frankincense oil to your diffuser/vaporizer to beat anxiety and achieve relaxation.
Fight against aging skin and wrinkles
Any organic brand oil, like doTerra frankincense oil, can work as a powerful astringent that may help protect your skin cells from premature damage. The astringent properties of frankincense oil may result in reduced acne blemishes, large pores, and wrinkles. Also, some aromatherapy enthusiasts believe that among the possible frankincense essential oil uses are also the abilities to lift and tighten the skin even after it shows the first signs of aging. You may try applying frankincense oil on any areas with saggy skin – like abdomen, under the eyes, or jowls. It can be enough to mix only 6 drops of frankincense essential oil with 1 ounce of any unscented carrier oil. This mixture can be applied directly to the affected skin.
Can heal scars, wounds, and stretch marks faster
According to some recent U.S. studies, frankincense benefits may include speeding the healing process of wounds (including the surgical ones), acne scars, and reduce the size of old scars. Sometimes, frankincense oil is recommended for reducing the appearance of dark spots developed from acne blemishes, eczema, and stretch marks.
You can add 2-3 drops of frankincense oil with any unscented base oil or lotion. The “upgraded” lotion can be applied straight to the skin. However, it shouldn’t be applied to broken skin or open wounds, but rather to the skin that is already in the process of healing.
Also, you can take advantage of the natural benefits of frankincense oil for strengthening the skin, improving its tone, elasticity, and protecting it from blemishes and bacteria. Due to these properties, frankincense oil may reduce the scars associated with pregnancy by healing dry or cracked skin.
Natural remedy for colds or flu
Frankincense oil can be good for respiratory infections from a cold or flu, since it may provide cough and sore throat relief. For instance, Dr. Josh Axe claims that frankincense oil may reduce the release of phlegm in the lungs. It may also benefit as an anti-inflammatory natural remedy in clogged nasal passages, allowing you breathe easier, even if you have hay fever or asthma. Experts recommend pouring a few drops of frankincense oil onto a cloth and inhaling to reduce the cold or flu symptoms.
Can relieve pain and inflammation
In order to enhance blood circulation and decrease the symptoms of muscle or joint pains caused by arthritis, digestive problems, and asthma, you may rub the painful area with frankincense oil or use via a diffuser.
Multiple natural components of frankincense oil may also result in such health benefits:
- Balanced hormonal level in women coming through the period of menopause;
- Regulated estrogen production and reduced risks of breast tumors or cysts in premenopausal women;
- Better digestion if you need to increase bowel movement frequency, reduce stomach pain or cramps, relieve nausea, and flush out the excess water from the abdomen that may cause bloating and menstruation-related pains;
- Improved sleep patterns by lowering the levels of anxiety or chronic stress that may keep you awake at night.
Potential benefits of frankincense and myrrh oils
In some stores, you may find the combinatory frankincense and myrrh oil that have a few things in common. Both essential oils come from aromatic resins, even originating from the same plant family. For this reason they may increase the health benefits of one another.
In addition to all the mentioned benefits of frankincense oil, you may use this combo to get a specifically unique aroma. The scent of frankincense oil is distinctive with a piney, lemony, sweet, and woody aroma, while myrrh oil can be recognized thanks to its slightly earthy scent resembling black licorice.
How should you buy and use organic frankincense oil?
When you buy any essential oil, including frankincense oil, avoid labels saying “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil” because they tend to contain more synthetic components than organic ones. Instead, opt for oil labeled“pure essential oil” or “100% essential oil” because they are likely to be better quality.
When it comes to frankincense uses, you may apply this oil in multiple ways – for example, by inhaling or absorbing through the skin. However, before using pure frankincense oil consider mixing it with a carrier oil (like jojoba oil, coconut oil or shea butter). Those who prefer using frankincense incense instead of oil, should understand that the oil faster absorbs and can deliver more health benefits without eating it.
Surely, there are ways to consume frankincense oil internally. However, before adding it to foods or drinks, you need to dilute each drop of frankincense oil with any edible carrier oil (for example, coconut oil), or a teaspoon of honey, or with a glass of purified water (any other non-acidic and non-dairy drink). Alternatively, you can drip 1-2 drops of organic frankincense essential oil straight under the tongue. This method of using frankincense oil is not recommended to children who under 6 years.
Possible side effects and interactions of frankincense essential oil
If you use organic frankincense essential oil, then you probably won’t come across any side effects. According to Dr. Josh Axe, when taken in moderate amounts, pure frankincense oil is well-tolerated, specifically if you compare it with any prescription pills. HOWEVER, an overdose of frankincense oil may result in high toxicity levels in your bloodstream.
Also, in some people, frankincense oil may trigger certain allergic reactions like digestive problems (stomach pains or nausea) and minor skin rashes. Anyone who has problems with blood clots should avoid frankincense oil because it is known for its blood-thinning properties. Due to the same reason, frankincense oil can negatively interact with some anticoagulant medications.
Frankincense oil is one of the most versatile essential oils and can be combined with any other essential or carrier oil. It practically has no side effects, which is why you may use frankincense oil even in different home remedies for you and your family.