When we hear the word “Frankincense” an image comes to most people of the Christmas story of the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to the nativity scene. But Frankincense is an essential oil with an incredible number of benefits.
Frankincense, divined from a tree common to Somalia, is an essential oil, typically used in aromatherapy, that offers a variety of health benefits. These benefits, whether from inhaling the oil or absorbing it, include helping to relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, and boosting immunity. It is even thought by many to help to fight cancer.
Frankincense, usually mixed with a carrier oil like jojoba oil, is believed to transmit messages to the limbic system of the brain; the system that has influence over the nervous system. The limbic system helps to control our emotions and how we react to the environment around us.
By employing Frankincense, one can benefit because it:
- Helps reduce stress reactions and negative emotions
- Helps boost immune system function and prevents illness
- May help fight cancer or deal with chemotherapy side effects
- Acts as an astringent killing kills harmful germs and bacteria
- Heals skin and prevents signs of aging
- Balances hormone levels
- Eases digestion
- Acts as a sleep aid
- Helps decrease inflammation and pain
Additionally, Frankincense has a plethora of uses, both medicinal and not. Some of those uses include bath soaks, natural household cleaner, and as a natural hygiene product.
So, take the time to explore not only the world of essential oils but the many benefits and uses of Frankincense. You would be a “wise man or woman” for doing so!
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