“Franc Encens”

Recently I learned some new things about Frankincense essential oil and I thought I would write about it here. I love sharing new things that I learn and I hope that you enjoy learning them too!

Frankincense essential oil is distilled from the resin of the oswellia carteriiBoswellia ferreana or Boswellia serrata tree. This is what gives us different varieties of Frankincense essential oil such as Sacred Frankincense. It has been historically used for thousands of years (Jesus was gifted some at his birth in 4 BC, that’s over 2,000 years ago!) and the name Frankincense comes from the term “franc encens,” which, in old French means quality incense. How interesting!

So, with over 2,000 years of usage, there are now many known health benefits from the use of Frankincense. According to Dr. Axe, the terpenes and boswellic acids in Frankincense have been found to have strong anti-inflammatory, and potentially anti-cancer, effects. Wait, what? That is truly amazing! I love how God has given us everything we need here on earth, and that we can use natural ways to heal our bodies.

Some other benefits of Frankincense include the reduction of stress and negative emotions, immune system support, heals skin healing and anti-aging properties, memory improvement, hormone balancing, fertility improvement, digestion aid, sleep aid, decrease in inflammation, and so much more. I find this fascinating!!! Don’t you? So basically, if you’re not using Frankincense essential oil yet, go get yourself some and slather it all over you! Oh, BUT WAIT!

You need to make sure that the Frankincense you do get is good quality and totally pure. Because essential oils aren’t regulated by the FDA there is no requirement for purity except that it contain at least 5-10% of actual essential oil. This means that when you grab a bottle labeled “100% Pure Frankincense” off your local natural foods store or on Amazon, it might not actually be pure. It could contain several harmful ingredients like solvents, alcohols, fragrances (basically a label that can cover up all kinds of endocrine disrupters and gunk) and more. Here is an example from some “essential oil blends” I found at target:IMG_8798IMG_8799

Be sure to do your research and read the labels and what the company is know for. Oils that are correctly produced and that are real and pure aren’t ever going to cost less than $8. This is why, after researching it, I decided to choose Young Living as my essential oil company of choice.

So there you have it! I hope you learned something new today! Also, just for fun, here are some ways that I use Frankincense for my health.

Ingesting:
Young Living has a vitality line of essential oils (which means they are safe to eat) and Frankincense is one of them! I take it for immune system support and it works so well for me. I simply drop 1-2 drops in a veggie capsule with a little coconut oil and down the hatch it goes!

Sleep:
I LOVE the smell of Frankincense so I thoroughly enjoy diffusing it at night to help me get a good nights sleep.

Skin: I have eczema and so Frankincense is one of my go to oils to help keep my skin healthy an happy. I like to add 5-7 drops of it in some Epsom salts and take a bath, or rub it into my moisturizer. I also on occasion will spot treat specific irritating spots on my skin with just straight Frankincense.

Fever: Anytime I have a fever (which is almost never now that I use oils on the daily) I rub straight Frankincense all up and down my spine.

Stress: On occasion I will use a little coconut oil and Frankincense on my wrists and back of neck. This helps me calm down from a particularly stressful moment or day, and helps me to feel less anxiety.

For more recipes and ideas of how to use essential oils, check out my recipes section on my website!

 

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