A little Frankincense trivia
Frankincense is commonly found in the countries of Oman and Somalia.
The harvesting of Frankincense is a time-consuming process. Several incisions are cut into the tree and it is thought that more than five incisions causes stress to the tree. From these incisions the precious sap seeps out. The sap then hardens to protect the wound in the tree.
After about three months this hardened resin is scraped from the tree. The process is then repeated twice more as the resin from the third harvest is deemed to be of superior quality.
Frankincense is often called the “King of Oils” and Myrrh is regarded as its “Queen of Oils”.
*Caution: All essential oils are not created equal. Not all essential oils can be ingested. Make sure that the oils you are using are certified pure therapeutic grade and the label indicates that it/they are safe to take internally.
10 Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil
- Nourish Your Skin: Frankincense has been used since ancient times to maintain beautiful skin and refresh skin that has had issues. In fact, for anything related to your skin, Frankincense is a “go to” essential oil. Use a ratio of 1 drop of Frankincense to 3 drops of a carrier oil, such as Fractionated Coconut Oil, or simply add the Frankincense to your current hand and body lotions and moisturizers for beautiful, radiant looking skin.
- Added tip 1: After a long day of gardening or other work that takes a toll on your hands, rub Frankincense onto your hands. Not only will it benefit your skin but any signs of inflammation will start to ebb as well.
- Added tip 2: Frankincense has been known for its healing properties. Rub Frankincense directly on a wound or a scar or dilute with a carrier oil to spread over a larger area.
- Oh my aching joints: Massage Frankincense into arthritic joints or a sore muscle to reduce the inflammation. If you have overindulged in your workout, add some Frankincense to a cold compress and apply to muscles.
- Are distractions everywhere? Improve your concentration by applying a couple of drops of Frankincense to your temples and on the back of your neck.
- Relieve stress and relax: Lavender, Peppermint and Frankincense are a “triple threat” when working as a team. Diffuse the three oils together or apply them to the back of your neck to calm you down and relieve tension. Another option is to rub a drop of each of the three oils in your hands, cup your hands over your nose and inhale deeply several times. This will have an almost immediate effect of calming.
- Mood swings? If you are feeling just a little off in your mood, apply Frankincense to the bottoms of your feet to relax. Diffusing the oil will have a continuous calming effect as well, or massage a drop onto the chest or back of the neck.
- Here’s to your health: Add a drop of Frankincense to one teaspoon of honey and take daily to maintain good health. You could also add the Frankincense (and the honey) to your favorite tea as a mood lifter.
- Mid-afternoon boost: Rub 1 or 2 drops of each of Frankincense, Peppermint and Orange essential oils into your hands. Cup your hands over your nose and inhale the wonderful scent several times. What a great uplifter to get you through the rest of the afternoon on a high note.
- Germs be gone: Frankincense has antiseptic properties and so diffusing will fill the room with this great “tool” for eliminating bacteria in your home or office.
- Added tip: Add a couple of drops of Frankincense to a glass of water and swish in your mouth. The antiseptic properties help prevent tooth decay, freshen breath and help prevent cavities.
- Upset tummy? Add a drop or two of Frankincense to some water and drink to relieve digestive issues such as gas, cramps and indigestion, to name a few. Or simply add the drops to a tablespoon of honey.
- All stuffed up? If you feel a cold coming on or are suffering from a cough, using Frankincense in your diffuser or rubbing on your chest and throat goes a long way to relieve the symptoms and speed up the recovery.