Wow,  what a week!☺  I’ve been back and forth to Florida twice, once with my lil’ man Eli.  That’s us in the pic celebrating somewhere around 70 flights for Eli.

A good friend of mine is passing to the other side, unfortunately pretty slowly. I’m not sure what the best way to die would be, but going slowly and in pain seems like one the worst options.

His name is Andy and he suffers from the same horrible disease that claimed the life of my own father, Parkinson’s.  Parkinson’s is a neurological disorder that causes one to shake excessively and able to do progressively less and less with your muscles, leaving you feeling a sense of being trapped in your body.  It truly robs one of their personal dignities.   

My father passed pretty quickly comparatively, considering he was just 64 and Mr. Andy is 84.  Living so far away, I wasn’t with my dad very much towards the end and I truly regret that, however, I was on the phone with him when he literally took his last breath. Being with Mr. Andy has helped me be available and learn.

I’m not sure which way is better, going slow or fast, I suppose it’s an individual thing, but I’ve felt the need to care for Mr. Andy by making him laugh and rubbing his shoulders.  The loss of emotion is another awful side effect of Parkinson’s and having our brains emit endorphins as we learn in the HHC, is vital to our long term health.  Therefore, when Mr. Andy smiles, I get a sense that I am helping.  

Coming into this world and leaving it seem to me like 2 extremely powerful transitions and the veil to our creator is so evident, seen and felt.  

An essential oil that came to mind to use with Mr. Andy was Frankincense.  If you don’t have this one in your arsenal, let me tempt you.  

It’s combination of spiritual, physical, mental and emotional benefits have been felt for centuries and has been used in religions around the world, mostly known in Christianity with the wise men.  These dudes knew what to bring to baby Jesus.

Frankincense not only would keep baby Jesus virus and bacterial free upon birth, but his transition could be boosted with the anxiety relieving effects and Mary could use it as an anti-inflammatory and for her nerves as well.  Let’s face it, giving birth in a barn can’t be the cleanliest or the most comfortable way to deliver!  (I couldn’t have imagined birthing Eli that way!)

I chose to use this oil on Mr. Andy as I rubbed his shoulders because of the benefits, including helping to relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, as well as boosting his immune system.    

In addition, many studies have been done to show it’s anti-carcinogenic effects in our bodies.  Think of the magnitude of that statement….one I hope you hold dearly because cancer is kind of a big deal for many.

Many women love the effects that Frankincense has on their skin.  For me personally, noticing my skin changing with dryness and wrinkles as I age, I’ve included it in my oil that I apply to my face each morning.  I know I often talk spiritually and health, but hey, I’m a bit vain too

As I write this, unfortunately, I have the flu, likely caused from exhausting my body on the back and forth trips to Florida,  so I’ve been using it on my chest to help relieve my coughing and for those anti-viral properties I mentioned above, so double boom!  

The Frankincense tree grows mostly in Somalia.  It is different from many others trees in that it can grow with very little soil in dry and desolate conditions while giving us so much in return.

I hope you will consider the amazing benefits of this ever so precious oil and reap the benefits so many of us already are. It’s a small investment in a little bottle that will go a long, long way for years.

To get you excited, I’ve posted a few recipes here for Sleep-Inducing Facial Cream, Scar Reducer and Just Plain ‘Ol Frank Rub.  Enjoy!

To grab you some Frankincense, CLICK HERE.

To get you excited, here are a few DIY Recipes

Frankincense Oil DIY Recipes

Frankincense oil blends well with carrier oils like jojoba oil, almond, coconut oil or shea butter. It can be combined with other essential oils depending on the benefits you are looking for. For example, it blends well with citrus oils as a “uplifter” but also blends well with lavender essential oil as a relaxant and grouding. This makes it a versatile and popular oil that totally gives itself to addressing to not lends itself well to many combinations and practical uses. Check these recipes out!

 

 

 

 

Scar Reducing Body Butter

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 oounces shea butter or coconut oil
  • 10 drops of Lavender Oil
  • 10 drops Frankincense Oil
  • Small container or jar to mix the ingredients

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a double boiler, melt the shea butter until it’s liquid.
  2. Make sure the oil is just warm, not hot, then add the other oils and stir together to combine. Keep the shea butter room temperature or a bit warmer.
  3. You can either smear it on your scar right away, or if you’d like to make it into a shelf-stable cream texture, place the mixture in the fridge until it’s cool for a few minutes, then use a hand mixer on high speed to whip the oils into a white cream.
  4. Pour into a glass jar or containers, and keep it at room temperature to use whenever you want.

Sleep-Inducing Facial Cream, Wrinkle Reducer or Body Rub

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serves: 1

This all-natural night cream is great to help you fall asleep. It also doubles as a skin health-booster as it helps reduce fine lines, it tightens skin and reduces blemishes or breakouts.

INGREDIENTS:

  •  5 drops frankincense essential oil
  • 5 drops lavender essential oil
  • 1/5 tablespoons organic coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon olive oil
  • Small container or jar to mix the ingredients

DIRECTIONS:

  1.  Use coconut oil that’s not solid but rather soft. If need be, heat it first in a double broiler.
  2. Add the other oils and stir together to combine. Spread over your face and body.

 

Enjoy your new found wonders of Frankincense oil! 

To grab you some Frankincense, CLICK HERE.

It’s truly amazing…

Kindness,

Rachel