Frankincense essential oil, derived from the resin of the Boswellia tree, has been cherished for its aromatic and therapeutic properties for thousands of years. It is a small woody tree that grows around 25 feet high, with sparse, small green leaves and small, waxy white flowers with yellow and orange centers. The part used to make the oil is the oleoresins. to obtain the oil the tree is slashed to make an incision, causing the tree to exude an opaque, whitish, yellowish resin that forms into pear-shaped tears. When hardened it can be collected. The whitest hardened resin is of the highest grade and the most prized. The essential oil is distilled from the gum.
Frankincense is a thin, colourless, pale-yellow liquid with a warm, sweet, balsamic, spicy and intense aroma.
Frankincense has always been prized in incense material. It is often used as incense to clear negative energy and bring good fortune to business as well as home life.
With a rich history dating back to ancient biblical times, this precious oil has found its place in modern aromatherapy practices. Its soothing aroma and numerous benefits have made it a staple in alternative medicine.
Aromatherapy Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil
1. Stress and Anxiety Relief: The warm and woody aroma of frankincense oil is known to promote relaxation and calmness, making it an ideal tool for managing stress and anxiety. When diffused or used in a blend, its soothing scent can create a serene atmosphere.
2. Respiratory Health: Frankincense oil possesses expectorant properties that can help alleviate respiratory issues like congestion and bronchitis. When used in steam inhalation, it can ease breathing difficulties and promote clearer airways.
3. Skin Rejuvenation: The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of frankincense oil make it beneficial for skincare. It can assist in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, stretch marks, scars, and blemishes, while also promoting healthy, radiant skin.
4. Immune System Support: Frankincense oil has immune-boosting properties that can help fortify the body’s defense against infections and diseases. Regular use may enhance overall immunity.
According to PubMed
“This traditional medicine of the East is believed to have anti-inflammatory, expectorant, antiseptic, and even anxiolytic and anti-neurotic effects.” It is also believed to have a positive effect on rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Frankincense essential oil may even help with fighting cancer and more. Clinical trials have been performed using Frankincense and published by PubMed. Check it out!
Frankincense is often used together with Myrrh. You may know about the three wise men who delivered Frankincense and Myrrh among other gifts to Jesus upon his birth. Hmmm … interesting.
In summary, Frankincense – Boswelia serrata is generally used for:
As an expectorant, clearing nasal passageways, relieving congestion, mild sedative effect, mood enhancer, stress relief, improved concentration, improved memory, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, anti-inflammatory, treating dry skin, reducing appearance of wrinkles, age spots, stretch-marks, scars, cancer, eczema, gingivitis, pain relief.
In a case study, Sarah, a 35-year-old woman, suffered from chronic anxiety and insomnia. After incorporating frankincense oil into her evening routine through aromatherapy diffuser, she reported improved sleep quality and reduced anxiety levels within two weeks.
In another story, John, a 50-year-old man, battled severe respiratory issues due to chronic bronchitis. Regular steam inhalation sessions with frankincense oil helped him experience easier breathing and a reduction in bronchial inflammation after a month of consistent use.
Ancient Biblical Significance:
In ancient biblical times, frankincense essential oil was highly regarded and considered a precious gift. It was one of the three gifts, along with gold and myrrh, that the wise men presented to the infant Jesus. Beyond its symbolic value, frankincense was used for religious and medicinal purposes. Ancient cultures burned frankincense as incense during sacred ceremonies to honor deities and purify spaces. Additionally, it was believed to have healing properties, making it a sought-after remedy for various ailments.
Frankincense essential oil continues to be a beloved and effective tool in aromatherapy, providing relief from stress, respiratory issues, and skincare concerns. Its legacy extends back to ancient times, where it was revered for its spiritual significance and medicinal properties—a timeless elixir that bridges the gap between ancient traditions and modern wellness practices.
Antibacterial, antidepressant, anti microbial, antiseptic, calmative, cicatrizing, cytophylactic, expectorant, nervine, restorative, tonic.
Coughs, colds, bronchitis, nervous asthma, skin infection, scars, wounds, urinary tract infection, mental fatigue, depression, nervousness, stress, tension, inability to communicate.
Frankincense – Boswelia serrata
Aromatherapists use it as an expectorant to help clear nasal passageways. i.e. to encourage easy breathing by relieving congestion. This sweet woody oil has a mild sedative effect and can be a mood enhancer and stress reliever while improving concentration and memory.