Frankincense Benefits

Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is an aromatic gum resin obtained from African and Middle Eastern trees. When the bark of the frankincense tree is damaged or deliberately cut, the tree exudes its resin, or “tears”. The essential oil is steam distilled from the gum resin.

Frankincense, one of the three gifts of the Magi to the infant Jesus, has been used since ancient times in religious rituals. Frankincense slows and deepens the breath, produces feelings of calm and puts us in the right mental state for prayer or mediation.

Frankincense is a particularly good aid to the lungs, helping in cases of respiratory infection, nervous and allergic asthma, and chronic bronchitis.

Botanical Name: Boswellia carteri
Note: Base
Order Intensity: High

Key Uses:Frankincense Tree
Aging skin, wrinkles
Colds and coughs
Cystic breasts
Fear, nightmares
Painful periods
Respiratory congestion, infections
Skin—scars, infections, boils
Spiritual aid
Varicose veins
Wound healing

Aroma: Balsamic, woody, dry with notes ofFrankincense Resin turpentine, rich, incense-like.

Blends well with: All citrus, especially Bergamot and Lemon, Cinnamon, Geranium, Pine, Rose, Sandalwood, and Lavender

Parts Used: Resin

Properties: Antiseptic, sedative, tonic, expectorant, cicatrizant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, hemostatic vulnerary.

Emotional Concerns: Frankincense is opening, relaxing and fear-relieving. It soothes the spirit as it deepens the breathing.

Contraindications: Avoid during Pregnancy.

Asthma Rub—Children 3-7
2 drops Frankincense
3 drops Lavender
2 drops Geranium
Add to 1 Tbsp massage oil.

Massaging the chest area helps to open constricted lungs. Regular chest massage may prevent asthma attacks from occurring frequently. Asthmatics should test-smell essential oils to avoid individual allergic reactions.

Asthma Rub—Spasmodic:
3 drops Frankincense
3 drops Clary Sage
2 drops Peppermint

Add to 10 ml carrier oil, and massage on chest. Caution: do not use on people with low blood pressure.

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