But seriously, frankincense is basically the dream product to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy and young.
Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. All information I share is either from my own experience or those of others. All information in this specific post was found at DrAxe.com.
What is Frankincense?
Frankincense comes from the Boswellia serrata tree, commonly grown in Somalia and regions of Pakistan. It grows with very little soil in dry and desolate conditions.
"The word frankincense comes from the term “franc encens,” which means quality incense in old French. Frankincense has been associated with many different religions over the years, especially the Christian religion, as it was one of the first gifts given to Jesus by the wise men."
The Boswellia serrata tree has been found to carry compounds that are extremely anti-inflammatory and possibly anti-cancerous.
How can Frankincense be used?
"Frankincense oil is used by either inhaling the oil or absorbing it through the skin, usually mixed with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil. It’s believed that the oil transmits messages to the limbic system of the brain, which is known to influence the nervous system. A little bit of oil goes a long way, and it should not be ingested in large quantities as it can be toxic."
If you’re purchasing essential oils, avoid oils that say “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil” as these can be synthetic and don’t provide the desired health benefits. Instead, look for oils that say “pure essential oil” or “100% essential oil” for the highest quality essential oils. I like to take advantage of the best frankincense oils, which should feature a combination of multiple varieties of oils from boswellia trees.
Frankincense Helps Reduce Stress Reactions and Negative Emotions
When inhaled, commonly by use of a diffuser, frankincense oil has been shown to reduce heart rate and blood pressure, therefore reducing anxiety and depression. Opposite of prescribed anxiety or depression medication, frankincense does not have negative side effects or cause unwanted drowsiness.
Frankincense boosts your immune system
It may help destroy dangerous bacteria, viruses and even cancers!
Because of its antiseptic properties, it can be used to relieve, prevent, and treat oral issues including but not limited to cavities and bad breath!
Frankincense does all the good skin things
"Frankincense is an antiseptic and disinfectant agent that has antimicrobial effects." Meaning it takes care of anything bad that may form on the skin and ultimately helps prevent and treat acne!
"Frankincense has the ability to strengthen skin and improve its tone, elasticity, defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes, and appearance as someone ages. It may help tone and lift skin, reduce the appearance of scars and acne, and heals wounds. It may also be beneficial for fading of stretch marks, surgery scars or marks associated with pregnancy, and for healing dry or cracked skin.
According to a review published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, frankincense oil reduces redness and skin irritation, while also producing a more even skin tone. Studies suggest that it’s the pentacyclic triterpene (steroid-like) structure of frankincense oil that contributes to its soothing effect on irritated skin. (9)"
And that's not all! Frankincense is known to improve memory, balance hormones, improve fertility, aid in digestion, help with sleeping, and help decrease inflammation and pain.
You can read in much more detail at DrAxe.com.
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