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  • Writer's pictureMiechelle Hwang

The Benefits of Frankincense Oil

You've probably heard of frankincense in the context of the biblical Three Kings, but what you may not know is that frankincense has a long history of use in medicine. Frankincense is derived from the resin of trees native to the middle east. It was used historically in religious ceremonies and in traditional Chinese medicine, and was highly prized for its scent. The English word “frankincense” comes from Old French, and means “high-quality incense.”

Today, frankincense oil is a popular choice in aromatherapy and has a number of different health benefits. It is known to relieve stress and promote good sleep due to its anti-anxiety and anti-depression qualities, and lower nervousness which may affect sleep. It has anti-microbial and astringent properties that help boost immunity, fight infections (especially those of the mouth), and prevent acne and symptoms of skin aging. Frankincense is full of boswellic acids which are very effective in treating inflammation, especially pain in the muscles, tendons, and joints, and also painful digestive disorders. Additionally, it encourages the release of digestive enzymes, and relaxes the digestive tract muscles. It also improves circulation and aids in lowering blood pressure. Frankincense oil is also good for respiratory ailments because it works to reduce phlegm and congestion. Additionally, it aids in balancing hormone levels.

Perhaps most surprisingly, studies have been done that show frankincense may have cancer-fighting properties. Studies in 2012 and 2013 investigated the chemical compounds in frankincense as cancer-fighting agents, and they agree that frankincense has potential in modern western medicine to be used in cancer treatment. According to these studies, frankincense may work to fight tumor growth.

Frankincense oil can be used on the skin, in a diffuser, inhaled, or even consumed in tea. It is important to use a high-quality oil, and research amounts before ingesting. It is usually non-irritant and non-toxic, and can be used by anyone. Frankincense oil is an excellent addition to a massage, or simply your everyday life

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