Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is considered a historic treasure, which dates back thousands of years to the biblical times. It is said the value of Frankincense was so high during the biblical times, that it was considered to almost be as valuable as gold.
Since then, Frankincense has continued to remain one of the most popular oils in the world, but the uses have expanded past just aromatherapy. From skin health to respiratory health, Frankincense essential oil is definitely a multitasker. Not to mention it smells great- a piney scent with a hint of lemon, also combined with a sweet, woody aroma.
There are many purposes and ways to use frankincense for your everyday health.
Here are five of them:
Frankincense essential oil is popular for its ability to decrease visible signs of aging. It does this by acting as an astringent, tightening the skin and promoting a supple youthful appearance and reducing wrinkles, scars, and sun spots.
It’s also used for stretch marks, healing minor wounds, and preventing acne. Frankincense promotes cellular and tissue regeneration.
Mix a few drops of frankincense with carrier oil before applying to your skin. (learn more about diluting essential oils with carrier oil)
The strong aroma of frankincense is a great choice to use during meditation. It can help heighten your spiritual awareness, intuition, and clairvoyance. Frankincense has long been used in religious ceremonies and its calming and soothing properties help still and center the mind, body, and spirit.
During meditation, use a diffuser with a few drops of frankincense.
Coughs, Congestion, and Sore Throats
Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties. Inhalation of frankincense helps relieve congestion, a stuffy nose, a headache, and relaxes your respiratory tract. It boosts your immune system, soothes a cough, and eases the pain of a sore throat. It’s helpful in clearing the airways, easing bronchial and/or sinus infections.
Use in a diffuser or add a few drops to a pan of hot water, use a towel as a “tent,” around your face and breathe in the steam. Don’t get too close if the water is extremely hot. (read more about facial steams here)
Clear the air with frankincense. Instead of toxic cleaning supplies. Use frankincense to disinfect and eliminate germs around the house. It’s a natural antiseptic.
Put a few drops in a spray bottle with water and apply to countertops and other areas of your home; wipe dry.
To cleanse the air, put a few drops in a home diffuser. As mentioned frankincense is useful for colds and congestions, so if you use if when you’re feeling under the weather, it can also work as a disinfectant and help clear the air of germs.
Anxiety and Stress
Frankincense promotes relaxation, alleviating stress, tension, and anxiety with its calming aroma. It’s uplifting and helps balance mood, helping release negative emotions and mind chatter.
After a stressful day, put a few drops in the water of your diffuser. Its sedative and anti-depressant qualities promote a deeper level of calm (especially when used during mediation—see #2).
These are just five of the ways to use frankincense to maintain everyday health. It’s definitely one essential oil you’ll want to keep in your essential oil kit, as it serves you in so many ways.
Start using Frankincense today and let us know how you love it and which ways you put it to use!