There are a number of reasons to admire this ancient oil that has much therapeutic value. Here are just a few of its desirable characteristics.
Wound Healing and Infection Prevention: Frankincense has powerful antiseptic properties that help speed up wound, healing including burns, scrapes and cuts. It also helps to keep infection at bay. Put a few drops of lavender oil on the wound followed by a few drops of frankincense for rapid healing.
Inflammation Buster: Researchers at Cardiff University found that frankincense inhibits the formation of inflammatory molecules and helps prevent the breakdown of cartilage tissue that can cause arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Mix a few drops in a carrier salve and rub into your hands for relief.
Fade Scars: After a wound has healed, frankincense can help fade scars.
Phlegm Fighter: Frankincense oil can break up phlegm in your respiratory tract and lungs, and help reduce congestion of the nasal tract, larynx, pharynx, bronchi, and lungs. In addition, it acts as a an antidepressant and anti-inflammatory to help relax breathing passages
To use, put six drops into a bowl with some very hot water and lean over the bowl with a towel over your head to keep the steam contained. Breathe deeply for about five minutes to reduce congestion.
Stress Reliever: Just a drop or two of oil on your temples can help to melt away stress. Also, mixing a few drops with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil and rubbing it on the back of your neck will also help you handle stress. Rub a little oil between the palms of your hand and take a deep breath to promote calmness. Also, try adding a few drops along with a few drops of lavender to your bath for a relaxing soak. You can even add a few drops to your washcloth while in the shower. Once the hot water hits the cloth you will instantly feel yourself relax
Immune System Booster: Massage a few drops into the balls of your feet daily to boost your immune system. You can also diffuse it throughout your home or in your bedroom at night. This is especially good to do during cold and flu season.
Mood Booster: Improve your mental outlook by placing a few drops of the oil on the back of your neck by your brain stem a few times each day.
Reduce Swelling from Insect Bites: To reduce swelling, place a few drops on the bite several times a day until the discomfort is gone.
Promote Sleep: If you have trouble sleeping or just want to relax before bed, try diffusing frankincense in your bedroom. You will sleep like a baby.
Reduce Indigestion: To remedy digestive distress such as gas, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, PMS, stomach ache or cramps, you can add 1 drop of the oil to one tablespoon of honey. Be sure to use only 100% pure oil not fragrance oil.
Eliminate an Itch: If you have an itch, place a few drops of oil on your skin for immediate relief.
Improve Oral Health: Frankincense oil will help to keep your mouth as clean and fresh as possible. It can help keep bad breath, canker sores, toothaches and cavities at bay. Make up your own toothpaste using a few drops of oil, coconut oil and a little baking soda.
Restless Leg Syndrome: If you suffer from restless leg syndrome, simply apply a couple of drops of frankincense oil in a carrier oil to the bottom of your feet before going to sleep.
Blending: Frankincense blends well with the following: