Frankincense oil probably makes you think of wise men travelling from afar, but this article will make you think about how your body can benefit from it instead. Essential oils have been used by ancient cultures for healing and science is just now beginning to understand the what happens in our bodies when we use therapeutic oils.
Oils are transdermal, meaning that the skin absorbs them into the cells of the body. You can apply frankincense oil directly to your skin but most often it is mixed with a carrier oil, for example coconut oil. You can also add one or two drops of frankincense oil to water and drink it.
Frankincense is an aromatic resin that is extracted from Boswellia trees and it has a number of health supporting properties. The oil is extracted by a process of steam distillation from frankincense gum resin. There can be varying levels of the components found in frankincense oil due to different regions that the trees are found in and how the oil is prepared.
In this article we will examine 5 things that happen to your body when you use frankincense oil as a holistic therapy. Please consult with your health professional to make sure that using frankincense essential oil will not interfere with any medications or cause harmful side effects.
5 Things That Happen To Your Body When You Use Frankincense Oil
The health benefits of frankincense oil are indisputable. The International Journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology and Neurological Diseases says of frankincense oil that ‘It helps in clearing the lungs and other mucus-related problems, lightens heavy periods in females, and eases postnatal depressions. It helps in healing wounds, sores, ulcers, carbuncles, hemorrhoids, and inflammations. In Ayurvedic medicine Indian frankincense (B. serrata), commonly referred to as ‘dhoop,’ has been used for hundreds of years, for treating arthritis, healing wounds, strengthening the female hormone system, and purifying the atmosphere from undesirable germs.’
1. Frankincense oil can relieve arthritis pain.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks the lining of the joints and causes tremendous pain for those who have it. Frankincense oil has been used in the holistic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and is an anti-inflammatory herbal remedy.
In traditional Chinese medicine, both myrrh oil and frankincense oil are used for the treatment of blood stagnation and inflammation diseases, as well as for the relief of swelling and pain. To use frankincense oil for arthritic pain, mix a few drops in a carrier oil, such as almond massage oil and rub it daily on the joints that are affected.
2. Frankincense oil kills cancer cells.
In a study of the technique of using Traditional Chinese Medicine by prescribing a combination of myrrh and frankincense oils, researchers found that cancer cells died when treated with frankincense and myrrh oils. In this study myrrh had a better anticancer effect on the cancerous cells than the frankincense oil did but the combination of the two may provide other health benefits.
Research has shown that frankincense oil can help against pancreatic, breast, liver, lung and cervical cancers. Unfortunately, this type of research often shows the effect of essential oils applied directly to the cancerous cells in a petri dish in a laboratory, not in a human study on a patient who has cancer.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, speak to an oncologist about using holistic healing options that include essential oils as part of a well-rounded therapy.
3. Frankincense oil can cure migraines.
You may have already read our article on curing migraine headaches with one natural ingredient. If not, read more information on how to relieve migraines fast in our guide here. Using essential oils for healing is inexpensive compared with the copays and medical costs of a doctor’s visit.
Frankincense essential oil works to instantly relieve migraine pain for some sufferers when rubbed on the temples, the back of the neck and when a drop is applied to the pad of the thumb and then pressed into the roof of the mouth.
4. Frankincense oil can help with anxiety and depression.
The National Institute of Mental Health says that ‘major depressive disorder is the leading cause of disability in the United States for people ages 15–44, affecting approximately 14.8 million American adults. A less severe form of depression, dysthymic disorder, affects approximately 3.3 million American adults. Anxiety disorders affect 40 million American adults, and frequently co-occur with depressive disorders.’
The pleasing and therapeutic aroma of frankincense oil can be enjoyed in an aromatherapy massage, as incense or in a diffuser, in a bath or as a perfume oil. In a study of a blended oil containing bergamot, lavender, and frankincense that was massaged onto the hands of cancer patients who had anxiety and depression, those who received the aromatherapy massage had less anxiety, pain, and depression than those who did not get the benefit of aromatherapy.
The International Journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology and Neurological Diseases says that burning frankincense creates smoke which produces a psychoactive substance called trahydrocannabinole, which helps to expand consciousness. Burning frankincense in an incense burner may not only help anxiety and depression, but may be a way to reach higher meditative states.
5. Frankincense oil can boost immunity.
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Researchers studying the immune boosting powers of frankincense oil in the body found that it exhibited a strong immunostimulant activity. This information could be helpful to activate the body’s immune response to fight off diseases.