Frankincense is traditionally burned as incense, and was charred and ground into a powder to produce the heavy kohl eyeliner used by Egyptian women. Today, the resin is steam distilled to produce an aromatic essential oil with a huge array of benefits.
It’s woody, earthy, spicy and slightly fruity aroma is both calming and relaxing and is known for its comforting properties while being useful for visualising, helping induce a feeling of mental peace and relaxation and a relief for anxiety, anger and stress.
Frankincense oil may also help in healthy cell regeneration and keep existing cells and tissues healthy. It is very beneficial for skin health, helping treat dry skin, reverse signs of ageing and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. Which is why it features in many natural and essential oil based preparations.
The tonifying and rejuvenating properties of frankincense make it one of the most important oils for improving skin tone and treating ageing skin and wrinkles, as well as reducing scar tissue. Because of this (and its captivating aroma) we use it extensively at Oleo Bodycare. It can be found in our:- Frankincense Day Cream, Frankincense & Palmarosa Face Mask, Luscious Bath Soak, Luscious Body Lotion, Luscious Eau de Toilette and for a great pick me up through out the day of to balance the mind before bed, try Oleo Rich Moisturising Hand Cream or Blissful Body Cream
Being a good multi all rounder, there are more health benefits of frankincense oil which are mainly attributed to its anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, disinfectant, digestive, diuretic and expectorant properties. It’s been shown to be useful for certain health conditions such as:
Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis – research has found that frankincense can aid in inhibiting the production of inflammatory molecules, helping prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue that causes these conditions.
Colds and respiratory conditions – frankincense oil can help break up phlegm deposits in the respiratory tract and lungs.
Oral health problems – the antiseptic qualities of this oil can help prevent bad breath, cavities, toothaches and mouth sores.
Digestive disorders – frankincense oil can help speed up the secretion of gastric juices, bile and acids, and help stimulate peristaltic motion to allow food to move properly through the intestines.
Uterine health – frankincense oil regulates oestrogen production in women. It helps to regulate the menstrual cycle of premenopausal women.
So next time you’re wondering what the meaning behind one of gifts those 3 wise men handed over, it was probably one of the most thoughtful of them all.