Frankincense oil is known as the King of Oils – and it truly deserves this title. I use it daily to promote my health and if I ever had to choose just one oil to have, it would be frankincense. Frankincense has a long history of being used as a prized and precious essential oil. Historically it was used by the Babylonians, Assyrians and Egyptians in religious ceremonies, and as a resin for balms and salves. And of course, the three wise men brought frankincense to the baby Jesus as an offering.
Frankincense is taken from Boswellias when it is extracted from the bark of the tree. The milky-white sap will quickly harden to a resin and then be scraped off the tree in the form of pear-shaped droplets. The color and quality of this resin varies greatly, from the highest quality (clear and silvery in color) to the lowest (of a brown-yellow hue).
Today, the essential oil, acquired by steam distillation of the resin, is widely used and holds great therapeutic value.
The following uses of Frankincense are based upon my own personal experience.
1. Help with wounds from cuts, scrapes, and burns. For even greater benefit, apply Lavender essential oil first then layer Frankincense on top. The combination of these two oils together is amazing when it comes to helping with wounds.
2. Neurology. It is known to balance the senses and help with brain functions and clarity.
3. Fades and reduces scars. All you need to do is mix coconut oil and 2 to 3 drops of Frankincense oil and apply it on your skin directly.
4. Strengthens the immune system. Apply some oil on the balls of your feet on a daily basis and promote your immune system. Moreover, you can also diffuse it all over your home.
5. Reduces anxious feelings and stress. This oil promotes the feeling of calmness and relaxation. All you need to do is mix it with a carrier oil and massage it on the back of your neck if you feel stressed.
6. Memory and Hormones. This oil improves memory and balances the hormones.
7. Aging skin. Make a mixture of unscented oil and some Frankincense and apply it to your skin. Also, you can add some Frankincense to your moisturizer.
8. Head Tension. Frankincense relieves conditions which are associated with tension and pain.
9. Fill a bowl with hot water and add 6 drops of Frankincense. Next, bend over it and cover your head with a towel. You need to breathe in the vapors for five minutes at the minimum, and add more hot water if it is necessary. However, make sure not to scald yourself.
10. Relieve Itching. As little as one drop of frankincense oil applied onto the itchy are provides instant relief.
11. Relieve Joint Pain and Swelling. Combine it with a carrier oil and rub it onto the painful joints before bedtime and during the day, when needed.
12. Eliminates skin issues. Apply one drop on the problematic area every morning and night.
13. Take a diffuser and add 5-6 drops of Frankincense in it. This is going to create a calming atmosphere and open the senses. You can also use it as a perfume for improving your mood.
14. Eliminates skin tags, moles and warts. Run a drop of this oil 3 to 4 times on a daily basis till the issue is eliminated.
15. Improves vision. Rub some Frankincense oil on your temple using your index finger. It is going to bring clarity and improve your focus.
16. Eliminates musty odors. Add a few drops in a dish of water and improve the smell of your room.
17. Oral health. Frankincense oil prevents oral health issues, such as a toothache, cavities, canker sores, and bad breath. To fight off these issues, combine it with baking soda and coconut oil and use it as toothpaste.
18. Acts as a Sleep Aid. Frankincense essential oil is useful in lowering levels of anxiety or chronic stress that can keep you up at night. It has a calming, grounding scent that can naturally help you to fall asleep. It helps open breathing passages, allows your body to reach an ideal sleeping temperature, and can eliminate pain that keeps you up.
19. Boosts Efficacy of Other Essential Oils. Applying frankincense over other essential oil enhances its properties and penetrates deeper into the cells.