I believe that the best all rounder and most powerful essential oil is Frankincense! In this post I will give you an overview of why it’s such a great oil and how you can use it.
Firstly, it is important that you use high quality therapeutic grade essential oils. I use [eafl id=1797 name=”Karen’s NYR” text=”Neal’s Yard Remedies”], because I know they source the most pure and organic Essential Oils on the planet and their fair trade and ethical practices are second to none.
Frankincense Oil is special because it contains a compound called Boswelia which is highly anti- inflammatory, anti-septic and can boost your immune system. Frankincense has been highly regarded since before biblical times as a great healer – so much so – it was considered on equal value to gold.
Here are some of the top uses of Frankincense Oil:
- Spiritual Practice / Meditation
Frankincense reduces neural inflammation and helps to calm the mind, and allow deeper focus. It helps with stress or brain fog – and allows you to connect more deeply while in meditation or prayer.
2. Reducing Inflammation
If you suffer with joint pain or any sort of inflammatory health condition such as colitis or inflammation of the thyroid you can take a few drops of frankincense oil and rub it topically over that affected area or inhale via a diffuser.
Frankincense has been proven to even out skin tone – Frankincense Oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. It can help you to eliminate sun spots and age spots, smooth out scarring, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones! I personally love it as I find my skin looks more glowing and youthful since I have been using it. You can add 3 or 4 drops to your moisturiser everyday to help with that purpose.
One of the reason’s I love The [eafl id=1797 name=”Karen’s NYR” text=”Neal’s Yard Remedies”] range is because they have a whole skin care range dedicated to Frankincense. And as their entire range is organic you never need to worry that there are any unnatural nasties in the products.
4. Uterine Health
This oil is very good for uterine health as it regulates the production of oestrogen. It can reduce the chance of post-menopause tumour or cyst formation in the uterus, also known as uterine cancer. In terms of the pre-menopause period, it keeps a woman’s uterus healthy by regulating proper menstrual cycles.
5. Respiratory Issues
Frankincense Oil soothes coughs and eliminates mucus from the respiratory tracts and lungs, and can also ease nasal congestion. It’s anti inflammatory properties help to ease the breathing passages also reducing the dangers of asthma.
There have been 4 studies showing that Frankincense has been shown to reduce cancerous tumours (specifically in Breast and Brain Tumours). I would never suggest that you replace the advice of a GP or medical practitioner – I would say that prevention is better than cure always. This is why I use it daily in my skincare routine by adding it to my body lotion, and breathing it in via a diffuser.
How to use Essential Oils
The two main ways to use essential oils are:
Via a diffuser / humidifier. Diffusers work by mixing water and the essential oil of your choice. Using a ultra sonic method, they create a cold steam that is safe for inhalation – this is recommended for all conditions – particularly respiratory.
The other way to use essential oil is topically, either in a skin cream or neat (please see caution below if using neat). If you would like to use products containing frankincense, [eafl id=1797 name=”Karen’s NYR” text=”Neal’s Yard Remedies”] have a fantastic range of facial and body products – not forgetting the essential oil itself.
Caution: When using Essential Oils directly on the skin, always conduct a skin test first to make sure you do not have an allergy. Start with the inside of your elbow – if that is ok – dab under your chin.
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