8 Powerful Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil
When you think of frankincense, you probably think of wise men or ancient medicine. The word is derived from the French term “franc encens,” or “quality incense,” and it is actually just that. Once considered a very rare and precious oil, it’s a product that’s readily available today with one of the many essential oil companies.
How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil
There are several ways to use frankincense. Its properties include expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, digestive, and diuretic. In other words, it can be useful for almost anything!
Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to use it.
Frankincense essential oil is used in aromatherapy to invoke feelings of relaxation, peace and spiritual awakening. It can be used in your diffuser any time of day or night to help with anxiety and depression. It can also be dropped into a hot bath, or simply inhaled from the bottle.
Tip: try diffusing it in the family room during holiday gatherings to promote peace and harmony.
2. Cancer Fighter
While its effectiveness to ward off cancer is certainly controversial, there’s no denying the studies that show Frankincense has had an effect on some specific cancers. While we make no claims that it will cure you, there’s certainly no harm in using the oil as a complementary treatment.
3. Skin Care
This is a favourite use for frankincense. This precious oil promotes skin cell regeneration, so it’s a powerful skin-tightener and wrinkle reducer. It’s also a potent astringent, so it helps repair acne blemishes and prevent further breakouts.
Frankincense can be used anywhere on the body. It’s best to add it to a carrier oil, such as grapeseed or whipped coconut oil and used daily on areas in need of a little extra attention.
4. Cleaner and Deodoriser
Frankincense is an extremely powerful antiseptic, helping to kill bacteria in your home. It can be combined with other oils and added to water to make an antiseptic spray for countertops, floor and air. It will also deodorise and remove viruses from the air when sprayed or diffused regularly.
Tip: to remove pesky odours in your home, such as cigarette smoke or pet odour, add 30 drops of frankincense to a glass spray bottle. Fill the bottle with 5 ml rubbing alcohol and the rest with water. Shake well and spray as needed into the air or onto furniture.
5. Natural Sleep Aid
Due to the peace-inducing properties of frankincense, it makes a wonderful natural sleep aid. It can be inhaled, dropped into your bath or diffused at your bedside nightly for relief of even the stubbornest insomnia.
Tip: combine frankincense with lavender in your diffuser for an extra-powerful kick to your sleep routine.
6. Cold and Flu Relief
Because frankincense is such a powerful germ destroyer, you can diffuse it by your bedside to speed healing of colds and flu. It will also quickly clear up congestion, relieve coughing and open the airways for easier breathing.
Tip: diffuse frankincense in the family room for 15 minutes every hour during flu season to nip nasty germs in the bud before they’re a threat.
7. Pain Relief
Frankincense’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a must for reducing swelling in the joints or muscles. It also promotes healthy circulation, which helps prevent stiffness. Combine 5-8 drops with a carrier oil and massage directly onto affected areas, or you can add it to a hot damp towel and lay over achy muscles.
For best results, also massage a few drops into the soles of the feet.
8. Immune Booster
There have been positive study results that show frankincense’s powerful immunity-boosting abilities. Probably due to its amazing ability to kill germs in the air, if you diffuse this oil frequently, you and your family will be less likely to contract illnesses.
Frankincense essential oil is one of the most powerful oils you can add to your arsenal. It’s usually tolerated well by most everyone with no allergens or ill effects. Used alone or in combination with other oils, it’s one of the most versatile and powerful essential oils known to man.
Always read the labels and make sure you’re purchasing only 100% therapeutic grade essential oils for the highest quality.
Use frankincense to enjoy a harmonious household, peaceful sleep and a germ-free environment.