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The Facts about Frankincense

The word “frankincense” evokes images of wise men of antiquity bearing gifts to the young Christ.  This was no token or ceremonial gift – it was precious both in price and in all it could do for Jesus and His family.   This oil is suitable for aromatic, topical, and internal use.

The use of Frankincense in antiquity is documented with amazing frequency.  It was used very heavily by the Egyptians who bought it by the boatload from the Phoenicians.  It was burned to create the kohl that darkened the eyes of Egyptian women and was heavily used in worship and embalming.  It was used equally as extensively for medicinal purposes.  The Ebers Papyrus recommended the use of Frankincense for baldness, wound care, infections, leprosy, poisoning, snake bites, and much much more.

Frankincense continued to be used heavily throughout antiquity.  The Hebrews burned it as part of the holy incense used in the temple and the Greeks and Romans relied on it very heavily for medicinal purposes as well as in religious ceremonies.  There is no doubt whatsoever that the wise men knew that they were bringing a gift that offered incredible medicinal powers!  With the fall of the Roman Empire and the collapse of trade routes, frankincense fell from common use outside the Middle East with the exception of use in Catholic incense.

Some Studies You Might Enjoy:

Modern research has brought fascinating information about frankincense to light and has revealed that frankincense has as much to offer us today as it did thousands of years ago!  (In reading, please note that “Boswellia serrata” is the scientific name for Frankincense Serrata, the type of Frankincense in Young Living Frankincense essential oil.)

The effect of Frankincense on the immune system and inflammatory diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial asthma, osteoarthritis, and ulcerative colitis: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20696559

Frankincense and inflammation and arithritis: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20696559
Effects of Frankincense in killing bladder cancer cells: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2664784/  AND http://bmccomplementalternmed.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1472-6882-9-6
Effects of Frankincense on photo-damaged and aged skin http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19918712
Frankincense uses and applications (from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)  https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/integrative-medicine/herbs/boswellia
Frankincense and osteoarthritis  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0944711304701890
Frankincense and colitis http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00384-007-0364-1
Frankincense and prostate tumors http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/69/14/5893.short

Here is a wonderful video about Frankincense – it really dives into a lot of the science of Frankincense!  https://youtu.be/1giDlLuuPp4  If you prefer to read the transcript, you can do so here http://essentialoilsage.com/?p=689.  The video was done by Doug Corrigan, Director of Training and Education at Young Living!

So what are some ways you can use Frankincense?

  1. Add a drop or two to your face moisturizer.  I mix it right in my palm with a dollop of moisturizer.
  2. Diffuse it to uplift your mood.
  3. Before spending time praying or worshipping, place a drop or two in the palms of your hands.  Rub together and place your palms in front of your nose.  Inhale deeply for several minutes.
  4. Diffuse with lavender at bedtime.
  5.  Use it to support your immune system by taking it internally or applying it to the soles of the feet and the spine.
  6. Apply to areas of the skin where you would like to support a more healthy skin appearance.

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