Christmas is right around the corner, so what better time to talk about the many health benefits of frankincense? Frankincense was one of the gifts offered to baby Jesus by the three wise men, and it holds great religious meaning for Christians around the world. Aside from its religious significance, frankincense has also been transformed into an essential oil that is widely used in aromatherapy and natural health. Here are some interesting and important facts that you might not know about frankincense oil.
Used as an anointing oil in religious ceremonies for thousands of years, over the centuries frankincense has also been a popular ingredient in cosmetics and it has been used by everyone from ancient Egyptians to Anglo-Saxons. Frankincense oil has several important benefits for our health, including calming and comforting properties that allow us to deal with stressful and emotional situations. In aromatherapy frankincense oil is used as a sedative that helps create a feeling of satisfaction, relaxation, and mental peace, allowing us to deal more effectively with stress, anger, and anxiety.
Frankincense oil is also useful for your skin health, and it has been shown to treat dry skin, reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks, help with healthy cell regeneration, and reverse the signs of aging. The properties of frankincense oils can help speed up the healing of bites, cuts, boils, and acne, as well as strengthen gums and hair roots.
The health benefits of frankincense oils are associated with its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, digestive, and disinfectant properties. Frankincense oil is considered a tonic because it is beneficial to all of the systems operating within our bodies, including the nervous, respiratory, digestive, and excretory systems. Moreover, it helps our bodies absorb nutrients and strengthens our immune system.
While generally safe, it is advisable to do a spot test on your skin to check if you have any type of sensitivity to frankincense oil. In order to take the oil internally it is advisable to dilute a drop in a teaspoon of honey, an edible carrier oil (such as coconut oil), or a glass of purified water or any non-acidic, non-dairy beverage. You could also simply put one or two drops under your tongue, but be advised that ingesting the oil is not recommended for children below the age of 7, and older children and teens may require higher dilutions.
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