About the Plant: Procured from a mature tree that can grow to twenty-five feet. The tree is slashed causing it to secrete a pale resin that forms tears when hardened.
The Frankincense tree mostly is grown in Somalia. It is different from many others in that it can grow with very little soil in dry and desolate conditions and yet gives us so much in return.
Frankincense Essential Oil Benefits
1. Helps Reduce Stress Reactions and Negative Emotions
When inhaled, it’s been shown to reduce heart rate and high blood pressure. It has anti-anxiety and depression- reducing abilities, but unlike prescription medications it does not have negative side effects and does not cause unwanted drowsiness.
2. Helps Boost Immune System Function and Prevents Illness
Studies have demonstrated that frankincense hasimmune-enhancing abilities that may help destroy dangerous bacteria, viruses and even cancers. It can be used to prevent germs from forming on the skin, mouth or in your home. This is the reason many people choose to use frankincense to naturally relieve oral health problems; the antiseptic qualities of this oil can help prevent gingivitis,bad breath, cavities, toothaches, mouth sores and other infections from occurring.
3. May Help Fight Cancer or Deal with Chemotherapy Side Effects
Frankincense oil has been shown to help fight cells of specific types of cancer. A 2012 study even found that a chemical compound found in frankincense called AKBA is successful at killing cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy, which may make it a potentialnatural cancer treatment.
4. Astringent, Kills Harmful Germs and Bacteria
Frankincense is an antiseptic and disinfectant. It has the ability to eliminate cold and flu germs from the home and the body naturally and can be used in place of chemical household cleaners.
5. Heals Skin and Prevents Signs of Aging
Frankincense has the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, elasticity, defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes, and appearance as someone ages. It helps tone and lift skin, reduces appearance of scars and acne, and heals wounds. It can also be beneficial for fading of stretch marks, surgery scars or marks associated with pregnancy, and for healing dry or cracked skin.
6. Balances Hormone Levels
Frankincense oil reduces symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause bybalancing hormone levels. It can help relieve pain, cramps, constipation,headaches, anxiety, nausea,fatigue and mood swings. Frankincense oil also helps with regulating estrogen production and may reduce the risk of tumor or cyst development in premenopausal women.
7. Eases Digestion
Frankincense helps the digestive system properlydetoxand to produce bowel movements, reduces pain and cramping in the stomach, can relieve nausea, helps flush out excess water from the abdomen that can cause bloating and even relieves PMS-related stomach pains. It does this by speeding up the secretion ofdigestive enzymes, increasing urination production, relaxing the muscles of the digestive tract and also helps improve circulation, which is needed for proper digestive health. It’s been shown to be beneficial in reducing symptoms ofleaky gut syndrome, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and IBS.
8. Acts as a Sleep Aid
Frankincense essential oil is useful in lowering levels of anxiety orchronic stressthat can keep you up at night. It has a calming, grounding scent that can naturally help you tofall asleep. It helps open breathing passages, allows your body to reach an ideal sleeping temperature and can eliminate pain that keeps you up.
9. Helps Decrease Inflammation and Pain
Frankincense can inhibit the production of key inflammatory molecules associated with conditions like arthritis,asthma, painful bowel disorders like IBS and many more conditions. It can be useful in helping prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue and has been shown to significantly reduce levels of dangerous and painfulinflammation, making it a natural treatment option for pain-related conditions that affect the muscles, joints and tendons.
How to use essential oils:
Diffuse: Use a few drops in your essential oil diffuser to not only purify the air but reap a plethora of benefits.
Home:Excellent for respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, catarrh and asthma; for wrinkles, wounds and dry skin, and in cases of rheumatism, cystitis and leukorrea.
The most important effect of the essential oil may be on the nervous system. Regarded as an antidepressant,the aroma can both relax and revitalize, and can help in cases of nervous tension and exhaustion. Frankincense oil contains sesquiterpenes, which stimulate the limbic system, the hypothalamus, the pineal and the pituitary glands. The oil is now being researched for it’s ability to increase human growth hormone production. Further,it is considered to strengthen the immune system, which may in-fact occur as a result of it’s uplifting properties.
Frankincense essential oil can be used in a manner similar to burning of the incense in spiritual practice. Warming in a candle lamp or direct application to the temples and third eye will quiet the mind, deepen the breath, and promote meditative stillness. It is often blended with Sandalwood, Myrrh and Cedar wood for such uses, and the single-pointed concentration it invokes is thought to allow the spirit to soar.
Warning: Keep out of reach of children. Possible skin sensitivity dilute and test on skin before overly applying. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Essential oils are a great way to promote health and wellness, however, are not intended to prevent, treat or cure illnesses. Blue Moon Elise is not responsible for any injuries that occur through improper handling of essential oils. Please keep yourself up to date and do your research.