This past week, I attended a funeral with my parents that was particularly difficult for my mother. My mom is a strong person and has a deep faith and trust in the Lord. However, losing a loved one often takes a toll on the emotions, mind, and body. After the memorial service and luncheon, we finally arrived home to relax and get comfortable. I put a few drops of Frankincense in her home diffuser then turned it on. Immediately, there was a faint smile on her face and she said, “your dad and I love that scent.”
The benefits of Frankincense are mindblowing. Google the “history of Frankincense” and you will find numerous articles detailing its ancient uses and the ongoing modern day research. Once considered more precious than gold, Frankincense is famous for being one of the gifts brought to the baby Jesus by the Magi. The value of Frankincense was not lost on ancient traders and the resin was a top commodity. Meticulously distilled from the laboriously harvested resin of the tree, Frankincense use goes back to at least the ancient Egyptians and possibly before that time.
Although there are several types of Frankincense oil, Boswellia carterii, a popular variety, includes the naturally occurring constituent boswellic acid. It has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma.
Let me suggest a few uses if you are able to obtain a high quality bottle of this precious oil:
- Apply it topically to help smooth the appearance of healthy, aging skin.
- Frankincense may be used in various DIY beauty serums and products. You may wish to add a carrier medium such as avocado oil.
- Utilize for massage after activity for a wonderfully uplifting finish.
- Enhance skin health by adding it to DIY ointments and creams.
- Diffuse or inhale Frankincense during prayer time, meditation, or scripture memory to assist with focus.
- Rub Frankincense essential oil (with a dab of coconut or other carrier) on the bottoms of your feet to help alleviate nervous energy, assist in lifting temporary minor sadness, and supporting the immune system.
Please note, this article is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used to diagnose, cure, or treat any illness.