Your Natural Health Care Essential – Frankincense
This essential oil is KING. Frankincense is an ancient and most cherished gift from Mother Earth in our household. This oil is at the top of the list for anti-inflammatory properties. Not sure which essential oil to use? Use Frankincense essential oil for it’s therapeutic benefits.
Frankincense essential oil comes from the sap of Boswellia trees. When the tree is wounded it releases a sap to help heal it’s own wound. The sap dries to a resin like consistency which is then distilled and we end up with this sacred essential oil that we can benefit from the same way in which the tree does itself.
Another astounding fact is that Frankincense can cross the blood brain barrier, say whaaaaat? Yep, something completely natural that can support our brain. Say it with me peeps ‘no side effects’. It’s the molecular make up of Frankincense, which includes sesquiterpenes that can cross the blood brain barrier and offer physical and emotional support. Simply using this oil aromatically can have these benefits. We use this oil everyday at our place.
Along with the brain stuff, there is more incredible goodness to be had from this oil. Okay, think about this with me, we are made up of trillions of cells right? Skin cells, heart cells, lung cells, cells that make up our joints, muscles and cartilage, we’re all cells. So, when we feel some sort of discomfort in our body, say for example head and neck tension then you can bet there is dis…ease in the cells in that area of the body. Frank is the man (essential oil) for the job because of the anti-inflammatory properties and the ability to cross the cell membrane, whilst being completely natural. Does Frank have any more powerful properties? Ahhhh, YES:
- Immune stimulant
The way I use Frankincense everyday to support my body against a feeling of dis….ease goes something like this…..I place two drops of Frankincense under my tongue and hubby is now also convinced that it’s worthwhile doing the same. For my children, I have Frankincense in a rollerball and they all know that they can go and grab the rollerball of Frankincense themselves. They’ll roll it behind their ears, behind their neck and under their feet to receive those same anti-inflammatory and emotional health benefits, topically.
There are so many other uses for this rescue oil. Here are a few of my favourite ideas:
Cupping technique ~ Place a drop in the palm of your hands then cup your hands over your face and inhale deeply. You might do this as a mood and mental health support and to support your immune system during air travel.
Place a few drops of Frank in a diffuser with Eucalyptus, Lemon &/or Melaleuca (Tea Tree) as a super support for the respiratory system. Take note as we welcome the cooler evenings of Autumn. This blend smells soooo good. See you later toxic wall plug in air freshener thingies. You now have something that will support your family’s respiratory and immune system (rather than hinder it) that will smell lovely and clean.
Yoga ~ This oil will centre and ground you from your toes right past your nose and up to your busy brain. I love using Frankincense with Peppermint before my yoga practice. I use the cupping technique mentioned above. I start with Peppermint to invigorate me and open my airways. Then I use my Frankincense to connect into all that is Mother Earth, Source and Me.
1-2 drops of Frankincense in carrier oil and massage it over your temples & behind your ears to support your mood and mental health and soothe your head and neck tension.
Respiratory support ~ The same blend mentioned above can be used with some carrier oil and massaged over the chest, back and under feet. I would use this through out the day every 2-3 hours whenever there is respiratory discomfort.
Skin health ~ 1 drop of Frank with your favourite carrier oil (I like Jojoba for this) around the eye area to reduce appearance of blemishes and rejuvenate skin. For the naughty middle of the day sun worshipers without adequate protection you can also use Frankincense as a skin care support for blemishes on other areas of your body. It can also soothe the discomfort experienced with skin ‘ouchies’.
Emotions ~ Applying a drop or two of Frankincense to your temples and/or feet will help centre and balance your mood.
Chakras ~ Balance your crown chakra by placing a drop right on top of your head. Simply part your hair or if you’re bald, drop it straight on top.
Immune system support ~ Feeling run down, hot and a little under the weather? Frankincense and Peppermint together can be cooling and can support your immune system. In fact it’s my go to for the boys if they’re ever hot and miserable, which to be honest does not happen all that often anymore.
Babies ~ Frankincense and Lavender together make a gentle combination for babies. With some fractionated coconut oil it can be used to soothe skin including around the nappy area. Tried and tested by my lovely sister in law with my newborn nephew. Works a treat on his delicate little backside. This combo is also useful to calm and soothe at rest time and for the breastfeeding mumma for emotional and breast tissue support. Something completely natural for mum and bub, I wish I had this for my newborns and when I was breastfeeding.
Although I recommend starting with the oils topically I do place 1-2 drops under my tongue daily as a daily overall support for my body and mind. In this way it supports cellular function and can help soothe head and neck tension.
A Word on Quality
The quality of essential oils is very important for safety and effectiveness. Essential oils are not all created equal. Chemical constituents, distillation process, testing and purity are important factors in quality and ultimately effectiveness. Please check the labels of your essential oils and further to this be aware that there is no governing body for essential oils so you want to be sure of the brand that you are using. I trust and use doTERRA essential oils for my family. My suggestions only relate to using doTERRA essential oils. doTERRA has been a catalyst for change, better health and learning in our home.
Frankincense essential oil is one of the oils in our starter kits and is worth considering as a support for your journey toward vitality and wellness, naturally. You know I love to chat about all things natural and wellness related so go ahead and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can schedule a time to talk natural health, essential oils and purpose.
Dr Axe outlines the benefits and uses of Frankincense
Pub Med article