Frankincense Oil is obtained from resin or gum of Olibanum (Frankincense) tree which is quite popular and widely used due to its strong medicinal and aromatic properties.
Chemical composition of Frankincense Oil
Known as Boswellia Carteri (its scientific name), the prominent ingredients of this essential oil are Actanol, Bornyl Acetate, Alpha Pinene, Octyl Acetate, Linalool, Incensyl Acetate and Incensole. This essential oil is majorly known to be used in incense burners and cosmetics for centuries.
Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil is also popular for multiple health benefits. In addition to having gained popularity due to its usages in cosmetic and in the form of a fragrance, it has several medicinal benefits also which include:
Anti Septic & Disinfectant : Frankincense essential oil is considered to be a great anti septic. Its smoke or fumes are armed with disinfectant properties and ward off germs within the area which comes in the contact of this fume. This oil is administered on injuries to make the wound infection-free and protect against tetanus.
Astringent : The astringent characteristics of frankincense essential oil also manifest several benefits. It strengthens hair roots, gums, tones skin, contracts muscles, blood vessels and intestines, thus protects from premature fall of hair and tooth, intestine weakness, wrinkles and other weaknesses associated with old age. The astringent also treats diarrhea of certain types.
Digestive : Frankincense essential oil is equipped with digestive properties also and is totally free from any type of side effects. It eases the digestion process just like any medicine can work. The oil elevates the secretion of juices helpful in digestive process (gastric juices, acids and bile) and stimulates the movement of food particles in the intestines. Some other properties include its carminative properties useful for stomach disorder.
Diuretic : This essential oil triggers urination process and helps lose excess water, sodium, fats and uric acid from the body and thus lowers blood pressure.
Stimulate Menstruation : Frankincense essential oil clears obstructed or irregular menstruation cycle and delays menopause stage. This oil is also helpful in treating other indications associated with menses and post menstrual phases, like abdominal ache, headache, fatigue and nausea etc.
Expectorant : It is useful in warding off phlegm and cough stored in the lungs and respiratory paths. It also relives from bronchitis and congestion of nasal path, pharynx and larynx, lungs and bronchi. It offer soothing effects during body ache, toothache, headache, and accentuation in body temperature linked with cold.
A great Tonic : Frankincense oil is used to tone and bolster health and hence is accepted as a good tonic. It boosts all the operating systems of the body, which include nervous system, respiratory system, excretory system and digestive system. In addition, it also stimulates the process of absorption of nutrients within the body. It is also helpful in consolidating immune system and keeps you healthy and safe for longer period of time.
Uterine health promoter : This essential oil is a good tonic for uterine health. It maintain the creation of estrogen hormone and thus cuts down the possibility of post-menopause cyst or tumor formation found in the uterus, as this situation is considered to be uterine cancer.
Soothing Effects on Mind and Spirit : Frankincense has been considered as base note by aroma therapists due to its sharp penetrating and lasting aromatic property. It is used in creating other scents and to combine the fusion together, strengthening more volatile oils, and consolidating the life of the mix of oils. It is useful in catapulting self-esteem and soothes anxiety.
Good for Skin : Frankincense essential oil is used to enhance the toning of skin, healing of wounds, and infected skin. When mixed with the rose oil, carrier oil or some cream, it is helpful in treating the dry, wrinkled or mature skin. It assists in withering away scars.
Removes Warts : Frankincense essential oil can also treat wart if a drop of this essential oil is applied on the wart for a couple of times in a day till the warts are completely vanished.
Asthma : This oil is helpful in asthma. Inhaling directly or via steam/diffusion or massaging it on the throat or chest and over the arches and balls of the feet can be soothing in case of asthma.
Helps in Hepatitis : Frankincense oil, if taken through steam and when 2 drops are massaged in both the feet and hands regularly, can help in offering soothing effect in hepatitis condition.
Improve Vision : Massaging few drops of this essential oil into the reflex points of the hands and feet can provide healing effect.
Infected Wounds : To heal infected injury; inhaling from steam after adding a drop of this essential oil to warm water along with soaking the infected area, and creating a spray facilitating distilled water and few drops of this oil; can do wonders.
Boosts Memory : To sharpen the memory, frankincense essential oil can be inhaled via steam by dropping 1-2 drops into the steam. It can be used during working or study. Massaging of this oil into the base of the toes can provide relief and also enhance memory.
Parkinson's Disease : Inhaling this essential oil directly through steam regularly two times a day can provide soothing effect in Parkinson’s condition. It should also be administered while full body massage including the soles of your feet on regular basis.
Plague : To treat plague, diffuse it all over the room and breathe in directly. In addition, it can also be administered directly to the points of the feet which can offer soothing effects.
Benefits in Ulcers : Intake of this oil in the form of capsule or in the food internally can also be useful in the medical conditions of ulcers. Gentle massage of the effected locations and on the reflex points of legs can also be effective.
Precautions using Frankincense Essential Oil
No apparent and known side effects have been reported in using frankincense essential oil. Still, it is advisable to avoid using this essential oil in the pregnancy as this oil is equipped with emenagogue and astringent properties.
Frankincense essential oil is a soothing and beneficial essential oil coupled with aromatic, medicinal and health related benefits. Just take advice of some professional before enjoying its soothing effects and health benefits as all essential oils are very strong and should be used in limited quantity.