If I were stranded on a desert island and could only take 3 essential oils with me…Frankincense would be on that list. This powerhouse oil is amazing and in my opinion, everyone should have a bottle in their medicine cabinet.
Historically, Frankincense has been used for thousands of years. Before the dawn of modern medicine, Frankincense was used because of it’s wonderful properties, (Analgesic, Antidepressant, Anti-fungal, Anti-inflammatory, Antiseptic, Astringent, Cellular protection, Diuretic, Expectorant, Sedative) The 3 Wise Men brought Frankincense as a gift to the baby Jesus and it was thought to have been a very valuable gift.
Frankincense is a white milky sap extracted from the tree bark of the Boswellia genustrees in African and Arabian regions. The sap is allowed to harden into a gum resin. It is a tedious process to extract and steam distill the drops of resin from this tree. Because of this process, the supply that is available and the wonderful properties of this plant, Frankincense is still quite valuable and is one of the more expensive essential oils today.
According to DrMercola.com:
Frankincense oil is considered a tonic, as it benefits all the systems operating in the body, including the digestive, respiratory, nervous, and excretory systems. It also aids the absorption of nutrients and strengthens your immune system. Frankincense oil has been found useful for certain health conditions, such as:
• Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) – Research by Cardiff University scientists found that frankincense can inhibit the production of key inflammatory molecules, helping prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue that causes these conditions.
• Colds and respiratory disorders – Frankincense oil can break up phlegm deposits in your respiratory tract and lungs, and can relieve bronchitis-related congestion.
• Oral health problems – The antiseptic qualities of this oil can help prevent bad breath, cavities, toothaches, mouth sores, and other infections.
• Digestive disorders – Frankincense oil speeds up the secretion of gastric juices, bile, and acids, and stimulates peristaltic motion to allow food to move properly through your intestines.
• Uterine health – Frankincense oil regulates estrogen production in women and reduces the risk of post-menopause tumor or cyst formation in the uterus (uterine cancer). It also regulates the menstrual cycle of premenopausal women.
Frankincense is also being studied for its potential to treat cancer. Scientists have observed that there’s an agent in this oil that not only stops cancer from spreading, but also induces cancerous cells to close themselves down.
What others have to say about Frankincense and cancer:
…immunologist Mahmoud Suhail is hoping to open a new chapter in the history of frankincense.
Scientists have observed that there is some agent within frankincense which stops cancer spreading, and which induces cancerous cells to close themselves down. He is trying to find out what this is.
“Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted,” he says. “It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be.
“Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.”
Working with frankincense could revolutionize the treatment of cancer. Currently, with chemotherapy, doctors blast the area around a tumor to kill the cancer, but that also kills healthy cells, and weakens the patient. Treatment with frankincense could eradicate the cancerous cells alone and let the others live.
The task now is to isolate the agent within frankincense which, apparently, works this wonder. Some ingredients of frankincense are allergenic, so you cannot give a patient the whole thing.
According to DrAxe.com:
Used because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Frankincense also known as boswellia serrata has been a favorite as a folk medicine for several health concerns including asthma, gastroenteritis, and skin conditions.
New research, like the study that came out of the University of Leicester, has recently suggested that frankincense’s disease reversing power may be even more encompassing than previously suspected.
Successfully linking AKBA as a potential treatment for brain, breast, colon, pancreatic, prostate, and stomach cancers, research trials are filling medical journals like Carcinogenesis and PLoS One about Boswellia serrata’s cancer fighting prowess.
According to researchers out of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, the frankincense cancer killing effects are due in part to it regulating cellular epigenetic machinery, which highlights its ability to influence genes to promote healing.
Baylor cancer scientists emphasize that this potency makes Boswellia viable candidate for both cancer prevention and treatment!
Back in 2011, the journal Cancer published the results of a 44 person clinical trial evaluating how brain swelling was effected by frankincense.
Astoundingly, 60% of the patients displayed 75% reduction or greater in cerebral swelling after being treated with 4200 mg/day of frankincense! These results are so significant that scientists are urging the medical community to consider prescribing this potent essential oil instead of steroids for cancer patients assigned to radiation treatment.
According to the Budwig Center, “…no anti-cancer program would be complete without the introduction of the appropriate essential oils.” They have a wonderful article with powerful stories of people with cancer and degenerative diseases and their experiences with using essential oils.
Of course, you want to talk with your doctor when using essential oils, especially when taking medications or chemotherapy. Here is a great piece of advice about Frankincense and chemotherapy from Robert Tisserand, who is widely known as a world expert in aromatherapy and essential oils.
Frankincense is known to have blood thinning effects, so anyone with problems related to blood clotting should not use Frankincense oil, or speak with a doctor before doing so. The oil could negatively react with certain anticoagulant medications.
Some great ways to use Frankincense include:
- Add a few drops to a hot bath to relieve stress.
- Diffusing it in your home has all kinds of uses.
It can help fight anxiety or produce a sense of relaxation in the home.
I acts as a natural deodorizer & reduces indoor pollution.
It may provide relief from coughing and help eliminate phlegm in the lungs.
Frankincense acts as an anti-inflammatory in the nasal passages, making breathing easier, even for those with allergies or asthma.
At night it can help open nasal passages and eliminate pain that keeps you awake.
- Use with oral care products to help prevent dental health issues like tooth decay, bad breath, cavities, or oral infections.
- Add 6 drops of Frankincense oil to 1 oz of an unscented oil and apply it directly to the skin to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, to prevent wrinkles, and help lift and tighten skin. Use anywhere where the skin sags. Always do a small patch area first to test for possible allergic reactions.
- It may also help reduce dark spots caused from acne, stretch marks, eczema and help with healing of surgical wounds. Mix 2-3 drops of oil with an unscented base oil or lotion and apply directly to skin. Do not use on freshly broken skin, but it is okay for skin that is healing.
- Diffuse or massage with a carrier oil into your muscles/joints/feet/neck or other painful areas of the body to improve circulation and lower symptoms of joint pain or reduce muscle pain related to conditions like arthritis, digestive disorders, and asthma.
I just can’t say enough about why I love my Frankincense Essential Oil. It makes me happy. I once heard someone says, “When in doubt…Frankincense!” I live by those words now! Plus…it’s just fun to say.
Do you use Frankincense essential oil? What is your favorite way to use it? Share it in the comments below.
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