What is Frankincense?
Frankincense oil originates from the resin of Boswellia Carterii or the Boswellia Sacara tree that can be found in Somalia, Yemen, Oman, and Etheopia. The milky white sap is extracted from the tree bark, allowed to harden into gum resin for several days, and is then scraped off in tear-shaped droplets. The highest-quality frankincense is clear and silvery, but with a slight green tinge. Brown-yellow varieties are the cheapest and most readily available. In Oman, the best frankincense is usually reserved for the sultan and is rarely shipped out of the country.
The frankincense oil and resin are used in rituals to remove negative energy from a space by providing protection. It is also used to raise spiritual awareness and helps lifts moods, and ease stress and anxiety. The resin is burned to create an aromatic smoke. You’ll need a piece of charcoal and heat proof surface. Once the charcoal is hot and glowing place a few tears-shaped droplets on the charcoal and watch it burn. Enjoy the aroma and let the smoke filter throughout your home.
It is believed that Frankincense transmits messages to the limbic system of the brain, which is known to influence the nervous system. It can be used by inhaling the resin and oil or absorbing the oil through the skin with the use of a carrier oil. This essential oil also promotes health cell regeneration and keeps existing cells and tissues healthy.
Healthy Benefits and uses of Frankincense:
Decreases inflammation and pain
Natural cold/flu remedy
Boosts immune system
Balances hormone levels
Acts as sleep aid
There are no known severe side-effects of this oil as long as it is not ingested in large quantities. It is also extremely important to ensure you use a high quality oil from a reputable source.