The burning of this sacred oil has been going on in cultural and religious ceremonies around the world for hundreds of years, but it may also hold the keys to your health.
Not to be outdone by Old World medicine, the scientific community now admits that frankincense holds some powerful healing mojo! There are even clinical studies that show how it can help with everything from headaches to cancer.
If you didn’t already know, frankincense is actually a sticky resin from the Boswellia tree. After it dries into little honey colored clumps, it’s gathered by hand. From there, the frankincense can be burned as incense, extracted into a healing oil, ground into a powder, or distilled into an essential oil. No matter how you break it down, all forms still retain medicinal properties!
As unbelievable as it sounds, ancient oils may be even more powerful than modern pharmaceuticals. In 2013, the University of Leicester published a clinical study conducted by Omani researchers that supports the notion of frankincense as an immune booster and cancer fighting superhero.
As quoted by Dr. Eric Zielinski:
“The Omani government-funded research has (for the first time) uncovered that frankincense has the ability to target cancer cells in late-stage ovarian cancer patients.”
Yep, you read that right! The study wasn’t limited to just petri dishes in a lab. Real life cancer patients were included in this study. You just can’t beat that kind of medicinal mojo. Bye-bye cancer, hello good health!
You don’t need for science to come knocking on your door with an easy to swallow pill. Get a head start on your health right now!
To give yourself an overall immunity boost, Dr. Eric Z recommends:
To help boost immunity and as a cancer prevention technique: Add 1 drop of frankincense oil in in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil (like coconut), and consume first thing in the morning. Put the oil in a soft gel capsule to prevent esophageal irritation. Add 3 drops each of frankincense and myrrh oils to a diffuser.
According to Dr. Z, this also works great as a preventative measure against cancer.
Migraines are caused when your pesky blood vessels dilate to allow for more blood to get to your brain. Who needs brain blood when it just makes your head hurt? Oh no wait, you probably do need it. But, you don’t need to suffer through the pain that’s brought on by the dilation!
If you’re into quick fixes, check out this cool trick for calming down that pain ASAP. This is a super secret method you may not have even heard of before!
According to Simple Organic Life, the miracle cure is:
“A drop of high quality frankincense oil on the bad [sic] of your thumb then pressed to the roof of your mouth is the ultimate, near immediate remedy for your migraines.”
It seems to work because the oils are immediately absorbed from the thin tissues of your mouth into your blood vessels, helping to ease the pain.
You can also apply that same frankincense oil to your temples and forehead. It won’t penetrate into your blood vessels as quickly as the mouth method, but the pleasing scent will district you in the meantime.
Anxiety and depression are really tough to cope with, and can make or break how you feel on a day to day basis. Taking prescription drugs may not be the answer, especially when there’s something more effective on the market.
Even natural health and wellness advocate Dr. Josh Axe confirms that:
“Frankincense is great for treating depression and anxiety because it provides a calming and tranquil energy as well as spiritual grounding. In aromatherapy, it helps deepen meditation and quiet the mind.”
The great thing about essential oils is the variety of application methods it offers. You can use it in an aromatherapy diffuser, ingest it orally (with caution), or apply it topically.
To make a great massage oil for your skin, mix 3 drops of frankincense essential oil with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Rub it on the back of your neck for a quick pick me up!
You can also put a few drops into an aromatherapy diffuser. Not only will it make the room smell great, but it’ll lift your mood at the same time.
Watch as registered pharmacist Suzy Cohen explains the health benefits of frankincense.
It’s really not that hard to make the connection with the natural world and health. After all, most modern medicines extract the “active ingredient” from the plant world to make drugs.
Frankincense has proven itself both scientifically and anecdotally to be a healing powerhouse for all sort of ailments.