The benefits of Frankincense and how to use it
It’s 2017! YAY another year and more opportunities for greatness. As part of my 2017 goals, I wanted to start a series around holistic healing and this is a part of that. I hope to share a post similar to this ‘The benefits of Frankincense and how to use it‘, at least once a month as part of 12 steps to holistic healing.
As for 2017 goals. there are so many things to look forward to. My quote for this year is:
“Take advantage of five matters before five other matters: your youth, before you become old; and your health, before you fall sick; and your richness, before you become poor; and your free time before you become busy; and your life, before your death.” (Musnad Imam Ahmed)
This year the Islamic New Year will be in September and at that point, I will be doing my ‘New year, New you’ thing again with a special Ebook! WOOOO.
On to todays post – Frankincense. I feel like I have to be really serious here because most posts of this nature are very factual (and rightly so) but I will try to insert some of my personality into the post too! Anyhoooo here goes.
What is Frankincense and Where does it come from?
Frankincense is a resin derived from trees belonging to the Boswellia family, of which there are many different varieties. The trees grow naturally in dry regions and a lot of it comes from Somalia, with some frankincense also growing in Yemen, Ethiopia and Sudan. It is collected either by tapping and making an incision in the tree and allowing the resin to flow and harden, or by collecting already hardened resin that has flowed naturally from the tree.
This just fascinates me! Nature is boundless and the more I learn about it, the more I realise that healing is all around us. To add to that I recently listened to a talk where a Naturopath talked of how, the specific healing you need is around you. That just makes me think of the mercy of our Creator. If only we knew! Detour coming up..
So I have some examples of how your own healing can often be found around you, from my own life –
1) Dandelions are thought to be a great detox for the liver and kidneys. As I have mentioned in previous posts, this is one of my ‘illnesses’ and dandelions specifically help detox a congested liver. The best time to pick/dig out Dandelions is during Spring/Summer. The leaves are great for the kidneys and can be added to salads. The root is good for the liver and can be made into a tea. In the UK, they grow in abundance and are often thought of as weeds. Our allotment and backyard are also full of them so my healing is around me! If you don’t want to go around digging them up, you can purchase Dandelion root tea via Amazon here.
3) Earl Grey Tea – A couple of days ago my sister in law gifted me some Earl Grey Tea. I looked up the ingredients and the first thing that jumped out at me was that it contained Bergamot. Bergamot is thought to reduce anxiety. Something I have struggled with for many years but it really peaked last year. When she gifted me the tea and I read about it, I immediately thanked my Creator for sending me this healing for my Anxiety. (More on that here).
I do have a few more examples. Like things that have helped with the weakness in my wrist and other ailments but I will be going on all day if I carry on.
Sorry about that little detour. This stuff just really excites me. Onto those benefits.
The Benefits of Frankincense
- Skin, Hair and Teeth – Frankincense helps strengthen the roots of the hair and gums and it also lifts and tones the skin. It helps fade away marks and scars of acne, spots etc. it also helps with marks from stitches as well as stretch marks. Frankincense also reduces skin discoloration and imperfections and helps to maintain and regenerate healthy cells. To use – 1 – One drop of frankincense oil diluted in half a cup of warm water can be applied on wounds, to helps heal wounds faster and protect from infections. 2 – Adding a drop of the oil to a cup of warm water and using it as a gargle helps with oral infections. 3 – You can use a diluted Frankincense oil directly on the face when spots appear or for anti ageing. This is the one I would recommend (You should always perform a patch test first). You can also add a drop to some jojoba oil and use it on the face.
- Antiseptic – When the resin is burned it removes all the germs present in the area. To use – If you do not have the resin, burn the oil by adding 2 drops to an oil burner. To burn the resin, you will need a Bukhoor Burner and Coals. There are some videos on Youtube that show how to use the burner. I am hoping to get a video up myself asap too as some of the videos are very vague.
- Gas and Acid in the body – Frankincense oil removes gas and prevents gas formation, providing relief in the intestines and eliminates the stomach pain, chest pain and helps with sweating and indigestion. Frankincense oil is also good for acidity and promotes the secretion of bile and other digestive juices. In short, it aids overall digestion. To use – Mix 2 drops of the oil with some sweet almond oil and rub on the abdomen. This will helps relieve gas, constipation and stomach pain.
- Helps regulate menstruation – Also helps to relieve pain associated with menstruation. To use – 1) Add 2 drops of Frankincense essential oil with 1 tsp of a carrier oil like Blackseed oil. Massage it on lower abdomen for relieving abdominal pain, nausea, digestive disorders, restlessness and mood swings. 2) You can also add 2 drops of Pure Frankincense oil in warm bathing water for calming the nerves and promoting restful sleep.
- Helps eliminate excess water from the body – as well as other toxins present in the body. To use – add one drop of Frankincense oil to a tablespoon of honey. Please make sure your oil is 100% pure and not a fragrance or perfume oil.
- Helps to decrease high blood pressure – To use – Add a few drops of frankincense oil to a hot bath.
- Anxiety – Frankincense helps induce feeling of relaxation, peace, spirituality and satisfaction. It removes stress, anger and anxiety. To use – 1) Add a few drops of frankincense oil to a hot bath. 2) You can also add frankincense to an oil diffuser or you can add a dot to each foot to aid relaxation.
- Removes Phlegm – It is beneficial in removing phlegm and cough build up in the lungs and respiratory tracts. It also helps with headaches, body pains, toothaches and high temperatures. To use – When chewed, it will help with phlegm buildup and help the mind become sharper. As you chew it, it will become like ‘gum’, at which point it can be discarded but not swallowed.
- Helps to increase blood flow and circulation. To use – Add a few drops of frankincense oil to a hot bath.
- Aids in reducing inflammation – ‘The resin from the trunk of Boswellia trees contains anti-inflammatory substances.’ Professor Dr Oliver Werz of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, in Germany. To use – Frankincense oil can be used in diffusers and can be directly inhaled.
- Helps to improve memory – Frankincense (‘Lubaan’ in Arabic) is an aromatic resin produced by a certain genus of trees grown mainly in Yemen, Somalia, and Oman, and is traditionally used in perfumes, incense and as a medicine. The resin is tapped and allowed to harden. It is most commonly very light yellow in colour and is discussed as one of the medicines used in the treatment of forgetfulness in the book ‘Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet by Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah’. To use – Frankincense oil can be used in diffusers and can be directly inhaled.
- Helps to cures eyesight impairment – Here is some info that will help on how to use. Please do not use the oil directly in the eye or immediately around it.
- Helps with Arthritis – Frankincense has been used for thousands of years as a traditional herbal remedy for arthritic conditions. To use – Frankincense oil can be used in diffusers and can be directly inhaled.
- Has Cancer fighting potential – The oil of frankincense has been used for thousands of years to reduce inflammation, support immunity, and prevent infections but it also has cancer fighting potential which researchers from the University of Leicester in the UK, have confirmed through rigorous testing. With funding from the government of Oman, researchers from the University of Leicester were able to uncover how frankincense may be a safe and effective remedy for women who suffer from ovarian cancer – one of the leading causes of cancer in women. More on that here.
- Helps to beat sugar addiction – Chewing Frankincense can help with sugar addiction!
- Is thought to help with speech delays and Autism – Rubbing some onto the spine can help to help in these areas.
Other ways to use Frankincense include –
You can drink the liquid by soaking the resin in water and leaving to soak for 2 hours.