Many individuals were first introduction to Frankincense as a little children, listening to the story of the Wise Men and how they brought gifts to the Christ child at the time of His birth. As children, we likely had no idea what Frankincense was or what its symbolism portrayed. “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary is mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.” Matthew 2: 11. Isn’t it amazing that frankincense was considered valuable enough in biblical times to be presented with gifts such as gold?
Even in those early days’ frankincense was considered a royal oil; one of great value and worthy of a King. It is extracted from the resin of a variety of Boswellia species and is plentiful in Arabia and other parts of the Middle East. It was commonly used as an incense and a perfume. Early Egyptian women took the charred remains, after frankincense was burned as an incense, and made an eyeliner from it. Photographs of “King Tut” demonstrate this heavy black eyeliner emphasizing the individual’s eyes. Today, this valuable oil has been used by some for its ability to relieve arthritis, inflammation, mental tiredness, breathing issues, and even skin concerns. The results vary depending on each individual and the specifics of their ailments.
The woody, earthy, aromatic scent of Frankincense can be enjoyed as it is diffused into the air or applied topically to the skin. Diffusing Frankincense or massaging a dilution of the oil into your neck, shoulders, and feet can provide feelings of relief from tension and stress as well as focus your mind. Frankincense has been used for ages to condition mature or environmentally-challenged skin with its powerful natural constituents. It has also been used to help with burns, rashes, cuts, scrapes and sores.
If you are new to essential oils, below is a list of a few benefits individuals claim to have realized as a result of using frankincense:
- Speedy healing of burns, cuts, and scratches
- Warding off of infection
- Inflammation relief caused by arthritic conditions
- Fading of scars
- Phlegm dissolver in the throat and breathing passages
- Adding a few drops to bathwater promotes relaxation and relieve stress. Perfect just before bedtime to help promote a restful sleep
- Some have experienced a reduction in the swelling of the tissue surrounding an insect bite and the decrease in overall discomfort related to the bite
- Relief to itchy skin
- By adding a few drops of frankincense to baking soda and a little coconut oil, it has been used to improve bad breath, control canker sores, and provide relief from tooth pain
- Its relaxing properties help relieve restlessness
If you haven’t already done so, right now is the perfect time to start realizing the many benefits this powerful essential oil has to offer.