I love frankincense essential oil. It has to be one of my top 5 oils along with rose, sandalwood, jasmine and genuine lavender (not lavendin). This gorgeous oil has been around for thousands of years, yet thanks to alternative health news sites such as Dr Mercola, Natural News and Green Med Info as well as the widely popular documentary series, The Truth About Cancer, frankincense’s health benefits are becoming more widely known and accepted.
Originating from the Boswellia genus; carteri, sacra, frereana and serrata, frankincense has beautiful woody, earthy, spicy and even slightly fruity aroma.
This oil is an essential ingredient in my skincare range, Maia Pure Botanicals. I’ve been using it for over 10 years now in all my anti aging products. The ability of this supreme oil to regenerate cells, repair damaged cells, treat dull tired skin, reverse the visible signs of aging, reduce the appearance of scars, speed up healing of wounds and cuts, heal acne and blemishes is unsurpassed.
Frankincense benefits all of the systems in the body including digestive, respiratory, nervous and excretory. It’s known for its comforting properties, and is useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and helping overcome stress and despair. You can add frankincense oil to a diffuser (recommended) or in an inhaler to experience it’s truly amazingly sedative effects. Sedative effects such as a feeling of mental peace, relaxation, and satisfaction, and helping to relieve anxiety, anger, and stress ¹
Benefits of Frankincense Oil
The health benefits of frankincense oil are mainly attributed to it’s various properties of being an anti inflammatory, astringent, diuretic, disinfectant, expectorant, antiseptic, digestive and carminative.
Frankincense oil is considered to be a tonic and helps boost the immune system² , fights pain and inflammation, strengthens gums and hair roots, and speeds up the healing of cuts and skin blemishes and acne.
Due to its antiseptic properties, Frankincense oil is excellent for oral health. Healing cavities, tooth decay, bad breath or oral infections³
Frankincense Side Effects or Interactions
There are no reported severe side effects of Frankincense oil. In rare circumstances, frankincense oil can cause certain reactions for some people – including minor skin rashes and digestive problems like nausea or stomach pains. Frankincense is known to have blood thinning effects and may increase the risk of abnormal bleeding in people with a bleeding disorder or taking anticoagulant medications.
Frankincense oil is not recommended for pregnant or lactating mothers. It is an emenagogue and may induce menstruation thus being potentially dangerous for an unborn foetus.