How to Use Frankincense Oil to Treat Arthritis, Asthma, Anxiety and More
Did you know that the essential oil we get from frankincense is known as the ‘King of Oils’?
And no wonder, since it is not only anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-neurotic, it is many, many more things, such as:
Whew! Is it really a mystery why it’s been a popular folk remedy for all this time? And now science is catching up too by attesting to its magnificent properties.
A Little Bit of Background
They extract this special oil from the resin or gum of an African tree which goes by the same name: Frankincense. It is also known as Olibanum (so you can find its essential oil under the same name sometimes too) and its scientific name is Boswellia Carteri.
It has been a favorite for using in incense burners and cosmetics for many centuries now. Why, it even seems to date back to ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon times. It also plays a huge part in the many religious ceremonies, rites, and traditions, especially for the Christians.
But apart from these fields, it has also branched its way into the field of medicine. It can, among other things:
- Boost the immune system
- Helps with anxiety
- Prevent any oral issues
- Prevent any premature hair loss
- Promote urination
- Aid in digestion
- Relieve PMS-related symptoms
- Help fade any skin blemishes
- Relieve congestion and bronchitis
- Slow down your skin’s aging process
- Relieve arthritis-related pain
- Potentially aid in the treatment of cancer
But let us take a look at some of these wondrous benefits more closely.
1. Great for Gastrointestinal Issues
Digestive stress can come in many forms. These can be stomach aches, constipation, gas, and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome).
The European Journal of Medical Research published a study where they claimed that taking 350 mg of frankincense 3 times a day during 6 weeks effectively induced remission of ulcerative colitis in 80% of the participants.
It can aid your digestive system in operating more smoothly since it also, much like the digestive enzymes, speed up food digestion.
2. Supports Respiratory Health
Traditional medicine uses this essential oil in massages, baths and steam inhalators for dealing with respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis and persistent coughs.
The European Journal of Medical Research once again published a study where they observed how 70% of the participants with chronic asthma who took 300mg of this oil three times a day for six weeks enjoyed an improvement in their symptoms.
The conclusion of this research was clear: frankincense can most certainly aid in treating bronchial asthma.
3. Soothes Arthritic Pain
Frankincense, thanks to its previously mentioned anti-inflammatory properties, can prove useful when it comes to any condition who leading factor happens to be inflammation.
And those are not few in number. This time, let us take a more detailed look at what it can do for this inflammatory condition. Because frankincense can inhibit the main inflammatory molecule production, it can help in preventing any cartilage tissue breakdown.
Another great news is that those suffering from arthritic pain can opt for frankincense instead of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
That way they won’t have to worry about the side effects these drugs can bring, such as gastrointestinal damage, increased heart failure risk, and the accelerated damage of joints. Frankincense has proven itself as just as effective (thanks to its boswellic acids), minus any consequences to your health.
You can relieve any arthritis symptoms you may have by topically applying 2-3 drops of this oil on the affected area. In case you have sensitive skin, you can dilute it with a carrier oil such as coconut, and apply directly.
Another option you can try is adding 5-10 drops of frankincense to a nice, warm bath and soak in it. Such a bath does wonders for your muscles and joints.
4. Maintains Oral Hygiene Naturally
We already mentioned frankincense oil is a natural antiseptic, which makes it an excellent oral hygiene tool. You can use it to prevent many issues such as bad breath, tooth decay, oral infections, and cavities.
All you need to do is either add it to your toothpaste or use your finger to rub 2-3 drops directly onto your gums. Another thing it’s good for is helping with gingivitis, which is a plaque-induced gum disease with symptoms like irritation, swelling, and redness.
5. Can Help Deal with Cancer
According to this study, this essential oil can aid in fighting cancer cells. This includes many kinds of cancer, such as: brain, breast, pancreatic, stomach, prostate and colon.
Researchers have discovered that this oil has the ability to activate the genes which are responsible for suppressing cell growth, cell cycle and even inducing apoptosis (cell death) when it comes to cancer cells.
Another good thing is that frankincense seems to differentiate normal cells from cancer cells, which means it can fight and suppress the latter without causing damage to the former.
It can also keep cancer at bay by combating any inflammations in the body, giving one’s immune system a boost and even causing white blood cell proliferation.
A Word of Caution
Now that you know the benefits (these 5 are just the tip of the iceberg!) there are some things you should know before purchasing this oil. If you plan on using it internally, you must be 100% sure it is completely pure and organic.
That means no added preservatives or filters. Always make sure to purchase your essential oils from a trustworthy company or manufacturer. It’s preferable not to use frankincense on pregnant women, children or babies.
Furthermore, (and this doesn’t just refer to frankincense, but to all essential oils) there still needs to be plenty of research conducted on whether or not they cause contraindications with any medications you may be using at the time.
Not even the most world-renowned doctors can say for sure what effects and interactions these oils can have with the pharmaceutical drugs in one’s body.
That’s why it’s absolutely fundamental to dilute any essential oils, whether they’re meant to be used internally or externally (topical application on your skin). That way you are ensuring your safety. Stay safe and healthy, dear readers.
Source: Healthy Holistic Living | Dr. Axe | Organic Facts | Dr. Ericz | The Hearty Soul