Essential Oils 101 – Frankincense

I decided to provide a little Essential Oils 101 information to a small private group of people that are either fans of essential oils, or curious about learning more on essential oils. I have also decided to share this information on here as the benefits that some essential oils provide influence my reasoning in selecting certain ingredients for my products. My next few entries will be about some of the most popular and helpful essential oils. Here I’ll give you ideas of how they can be used in your home and what they can be used for!

If you are interested in acquiring your own high quality essential oils, I’d highly recommend Young Living’s Essential Oils. You can learn more about Young Living HERE.

Frankincense has been around since biblical times. In fact, it was one of the three gifts brought to the baby Jesus. When I think about the gifts given, I would want the Frankincense if it were the same weight as the gold… ??

Frankincense oil gets its name from the term “franc encens,” which means “high-quality incense” in French. Considered to be a “pure incense,” it was the most desirable of all the other types of incense.

The history of Frankincense usage has Medieval roots and is closely linked with being burned in sacred places and religious rituals, as it was valued for its powerful aroma and the white smoke it exuded when burned. It was also used in perfume, cosmetics such as eyeliner, salves, and Egyptian mummification methods. Today, there are still daily uses for Frankincense in many cultures, namely Somali, Ethiopian, Arabian, and Indian cultures. It is believed that its fragrance will bring good health, cleanse the home, and purify clothing. In Ayurvedic medicine, Frankincense is referred to as “dhoop” and is used to heal wounds, relieve arthritis, balance hormones in females, and to purify the air.

Frankincense is another decently versatile oil. It is by no means as amazingly diverse as Lavender, but it has many accepted uses. My research has seen much evidence for uses with issues that we typically aren’t supposed to talk about — and I won’t. The above two paragraphs were a copy and paste from another website. That website makes some interesting claims. With minimal digging, you can see what other people have to say about this oil.

Because of the generally accepted benefits that Frankincense can provide through topical use, I have decided to add Frankincense essential oil to many of the products I will be creating. Frankincense has been recognized to assist with lowering stress/anxiety. And it has been known to assist with skincare by providing anti-aging benefits! Who doesn’t want to do what they can to look as long as possible for as long as possible?

Frankincense can be used topically, aromatically, and internally. **

** Please note: Not all oils are safe to use topically or internally. You must be absolutely sure that the brand of essential oils you choose to use is safe for how you decide to use it. Young Living makes essential oils that are absolutely safe for internal, topical, and aromatic uses.

Here is a short list of some accepted uses for Lavender from various Essential Oil References Guides:

Frankincense (Boswellia frereana/carteri/sacra)

  • Arthritis, Asthma, Balance, Breathing, Cancer, Confusion, Cough, Depression, Fatigue, Immune System, Inflammation, Memory, Moles, Postpartum Depression, Scarring, Warts, Wrinkles

This is what Young Living says about this wonderful oil:

  • May support overall well-being *
  • Supports healthy immune function *
  • Can be taken as a dietary supplement *
  • Promotes the appearance of healthy-looking skin
  • Reduces the appearance of uneven skin tones
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation and tranquility

Here are a few quick ideas on how to use the oil in your own home:

  • Add to your favorite facial care products to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
  • Diffuse or inhale during times of prayer and meditation for an enhanced spiritual experience.
  • Apply or diffuse during yoga to enhance feelings of groundedness and centeredness.
  • Add a drop or two to tea or in a capsule to use as a dietary supplement to support your immune system.

Helpful References:

Young Living Product Summaries:

120 Ways to Use the Young Living Starter Kit Oils
Name Orgin & History of Frankincense

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

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