Burning of this sacred oil has been a part of cultural and religious ceremonies around the world for hundreds of years. However, this sticky resin may also hold the keys to your health.
The scientific community admits that frankincense holds some powerful healing properties. There are even clinical studies that show that it can help with different health issues, from headaches to cancer.
Frankincense is actually a sticky resin from the Boswellia tree. After it dries into little honey colored clumps, it’s gathered by hand. The frankincense can be burned as incense, extracted into a healing oil, ground into a powder, or distilled into an essential oil. No matter how you break it down, all forms still retain medicinal properties.
As unbelievable as it sounds, ancient oils may be even more powerful than modern pharmaceuticals. In 2013, the University of Leicester published a clinical study conducted by Omani researchers that supports the notion of frankincense as an immune booster and cancer fighting superhero. What is more, the study wasn’t limited to just petri dishes in a lab. Real life cancer patients were included.
To give yourself an overall immunity boost and to prevent cancer doctors recommend the following. Add 1 drop of frankincense oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil, and consume this first thing in the morning. Put the oil in a soft gel capsule to prevent esophageal irritation.
Migraines are caused when your blood vessels dilate to allow more blood to get into your brain. Check out this cool trick for calming down that pain. This is a super secret method you may not have even heard of before.
What you need is a drop of high quality frankincense oil. Put it on your thumb and press your thumb to the roof of your mouth. This is the ultimate, near immediate remedy for your migraines. This seems to work because the oils are immediately absorbed from the thin tissues of your mouth into your blood vessels, helping to ease the pain.
Moreover, you can also apply that same frankincense oil to your temples and forehead. It won’t penetrate into your blood vessels as quickly as the mouth method, but the pleasing scent will distract you in the meantime.
Anxiety and depression are really tough to cope with. Furthermore, taking prescription drugs may not be the answer, especially when there’s something more effective on the market. Frankincense is great for treating depression and anxiety because it provides a calming and tranquil energy as well as spiritual grounding. In aromatherapy, it helps deepen meditation and quiet the mind.
The great thing about essential oils is the variety of application methods it offers. You can use it in an aromatherapy diffuser, ingest it orally (with caution), or apply it topically.
What is more, to make a great massage oil for your skin, mix 3 drops of frankincense essential oil with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil.
Rub it on the back of your neck for a quick lift of your mood. You can also put a few drops into an aromatherapy diffuser. Not only will it make the room smell great, but it’ll lift your mood at the same time.
All in all frankincense has proven itself both scientifically and anecdotally to be a healing powerhouse for all sort of ailments.