Frankincense was once treasured as highly as gold, and it remains one of the more expensive oils. It has many healing properties.
Frankincense has been prized since the time of the pharaohs, who considered it an oil of enlightenment and wisdom, an exotic treasure that was more valuable than gold. It’s powerful, sweet and woody fragrance is still used today as incense in temples and churches.
Medication and meditation
The magical properties of frankincense are best activated by using it in an essential oil burner. The powerful aroma is conductive to meditation and yoga as it slows down and deepens breathing, imparting a sense of elevated calm.
It also has a wide-ranging therapeutic properties; its expectorant action is used to treat colds and respiratory illnessses; it is a balancing gastric tonic; and it is also good for complexion.
Active ingredients of frankincense
Frankincense acts on the central nervous system. It promotes slow, deep breathing that helps to calm the mind and body, and lift the emotions.
Some studies suggest burning frankincense as incense or in an essential oil burner releases the mind-altering chemical trahydrocannabinole, which may be responsible for the oil’s links with religious visions and spiritual experiences.
These comprise 50 per cent of frankincense and include pinene, limonene and camphene among many others.
Terpenes are toning, warming and stimulating. They give the oil expectorant and antiseptic qualities.
Pinene, although present in small concentrations, adds a hint of pine to the frankincense’s aroma and is a potent antiseptic.
Olibanol and farnesol are both present in low concentrations. Some studies suggest farnesol in particular has outstanding anti inflammatory and antiseptic actions.
Healing with this magical oil ……. To treat mature or damaged skin……
Using frankincense oil ~ Frankincense oil has many beneficial applications, including being an aid to healing and as a toner to improve the complexion. It is also used in magic.
- To treat mature or damaged skin
- Reduce stretch marks– To reduce scarring or stretch marks, mix: 2 drops each of frankincense, lavender, and neroli into lotion and apply daily.
- Face mask for mature skin– Make a nourishing face mask for mature skin with 30ml clay, 10 ml honey and 2 drops each frankincense, carrot seed oil and lavender oils.
A few drops of frankincense on a compress helps to heal damaged skin and ease scarring after burns or surgery.
Use frankincense joss sticks, incense or oil in an oil burner to create an atmosphere of contemplation and comfort during periods of meditation and prayer, and while you practice yoga.
- Dispel apathy with a pulse-point massage oil blend of 8 drops of grapefruit, 6 drops of frankincense, 5 drops of sandalwood and 3 drops of neroli in 50ml of sweet almond oil, rubbed into your temples.
- Banish frustration by inhaling 4-5 drops each of frankincense, neroli and bergamot from a handkerchief.
For insight and inner strength, use a mind-expanding blend of 5 drops each of frankincense, juniper and beragamot in an oil burner.
Frankincense has decongestant and expectorant properties that can help to ease stuffy heads and bronchial problems.
- Use a night time rub to fight chest infections. Add 3-4 drops each of frankincense and cedar wood to 15ml of sweet almond oil.
- Ease asthma symptoms with a massage blend of 3-4 drops each of lavender, clary sage and frankincense in 25ml sweet almond oil.
A woman’s Comfort Oil
Frankincense’s balancing properties make it a valuable oil for women.
- Relieve period pain – Ease painful periods with an abdominal massage blend of 6 drops frankincense, 3 drops rose, and 25ml sweet almond carrier oil.
- Postnatal depression – To ease depression, dilute 10 drops geranium, 8 drops frankincense and 4 each lavender and neroli in 50 ml carrier oil.
- Dispel grief – Soothe feelings of loss with 10 drops frankincense and 5 drops each geranium and grapefruit oil added to a warm bath.
A gentle head massage can also help to ease feelings of depression or grief.
Frankincense has been regarded as a holy and purifying aroma since Ancient Babylon.
- Ancient Egyptians burned frankincense in their temples at midday to symbolise the Sun God. Ra’s passage through the skies. Their name for frankincense translates as ‘becoming godly’.
- Egyptians myths told of the Phoenix bringing frankincense to Egypt in its claws.
- Frankincense was one of the three gifts brought by the wise men to the Baby Jesus in Christian lore.
In the ancient world, frankincense was only found in the lands of the Queen of Sheba, where it was traded at a greater value than gold.