Oh, how I love frankincense oils and resins! I burn resin a few times a week on my balcony.
A few drops on the soles of my feet is a frequent flying must-do for grounded peace and calm.
A few drops on my wrists are an immunity force shield.
I’ve put a few drops into coconut ice cream for a luscious treat. I’ve seen it mixed into supplements, I’ve used it on irritated skin… and it’s just… all… amazing!
Frankincense is the dried sap of the Boswellia sacra. When dried, the sap is burned as incense and is thought to have many properties that have been studied and scientifically proven to be medicinal.
Before I begin, it’s worth saying that any and all essential oils and resins are only as good as their quality. I don’t endorse or sell any brands. I’ve tried DoTerra, YoungLiving & Veriditas… and my actual favorite personally is Veriditas and it’s sold local to me in Los Angeles. Do your research and get the best oils to get the best effects and the safest. Never ever ingest or topically apply an oil that’s not meant to be food grade is my golden rule.
Now to the fun!
Science Daily published a study that revealed the effects of burning the resin to boost your mood, and reported that “Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, describe how burning frankincense (resin from the Boswellia plant) activates poorly understood ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety or depression.”
According to Dr. Axe, you can use frankincense oil to help alleviate anxiety. He suggests that you add a few drops of frankincense essential oil to your bath to help sooth a stressful day.
That’s sort of the trick when I put a few drops on the solves of my feet= instant sinking into the Earth calm.
Science Daily has further studies published of the effects of frankincense on depression. Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of The FASEB Journal. “Studies of how those psychoactive drugs work have helped us understand modern neurobiology. The discovery of how incensole acetate, purified from frankincense, works on specific targets in the brain should also help us understand diseases of the nervous system. “ Frankincense acts on the brain like a “drug” in terms of alleviating depression.
Frankincense can help prevent tooth decay and bad breath and help you maintain health oral hygiene.
A study conducted in 2011 to determine whether or not frankincense would be effective in the prevention and improvement of periodontal issue , including gingivitis found that, “Frankincense, a safe and low-cost herbal medicine, may be feasibly applied to improve inflammation based disease of gingival as an adjunct to the conventional mechanical therapy”
THIS DIY Mouthwash uses Frankincense and I’ve also used a drop in a cup of water to swish with after brushing.
Frankincense can aid people who have Irritable bowel syndrome , stomach aches and gas. Dr. Axe suggests taking frankincense as an essential oil diluted in water to help with digestive issues. Add one to two drops of pure essential oil to 8 ounces of water.
NOTE: This shouldn’t be taken any longer than one week, and while this one was put forth by Dr Axe on his blog, check with your own doctor before ingesting any supplements of any kind.
You can also diffuse frankincense, get it blended into many different forms and even mix it into your skincare routine. It’s an ever-useful, grounding, wellness-promoting addition to your holistic toolkit!
And… remember, self-care is self love. All of the loving actions that are natural and energetically buzzing with goodness that you do for yourself and for others as healthy habits will reinforce all the prosperous love energy in your life…!
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