What is frankincense essential oil? Frankincense is a tree or shrub that produces a gum or resin that can be steam distilled into an essential oil with huge health benefits. Although frankincense trees can be grown anywhere, the region of Oman is known for producing the best, highest quality oils today.
Frankincense has long been a revered and holy oil in the Middle East. It was used ceremonially to create greater connection with the God of one's understanding.
But it wasn't until more recently that we began to research and understand the incredible benefits of the oil.
The properties of Oman oil of frankincense include:
(I highly recommend the book Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils to learn more about the research on this and other essential oils.)
Many companies produce frankincense essential oil, but few are produced in Oman, where the trees are indigenous and therefore grow best to produce the best oils.
In addition to where the frankincense tree is grown, other factors affect the potency of the oil: growing practices, harvesting times and methods, the extraction process and so on. Essentially every step - from planting to sending you the finished product - will affect the potency, quality and your results using the oil. On top of that the regulations regarding purity and labeling are very lenient; according to some sources, as much as half of the ingredients may be fillers.
After over a decade of experience with essential oils, I have discovered a company I love so much I actively promote their oils. This company is call doTERRA, meaning "gift of the earth", and I've been in love with them since I first tried their oils and research their practices.
doTERRA is the only essential oil company I've ever heard that third-party tests EVERY SINGLE BATCH of essential oil they produce. No amount of contamination, pesticides, foreign substances, etc are allowed past their inspection. Even certified organic oils aren't held to the standard doTERRA has created in the industry. They guarantee their products with their own Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade label.
But the real test comes in using their Oman oil of frankincense. So below I've listed multiple ideas for uses of this oil in your home.
Read More: Choosing the best essential oils possible.
Traditionally, you can use frankincense essential oil in three ways. Use these suggestions unless otherwise noted below:
Aromatically - Can be diffused in the air or inhaled directly. This promotes health, healing, energy, and purification with its invigorating, enhancing and warming aroma.
Topically - Can be applied directly to the skin or within a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for young or sensitive skin. Start with one drop to 1-3 tsp of carrier oil and increase as needed.
Internally - Generally recognized as safe by the FDA (21CFR182.20) to be used in cooking, adding a drop to purified water or taken as a dietary supplement, diluting 1 drop in 1 tsp. honey or 4 oz of non-acidic, non-dairy beverage (not for children under 6 years old and in greater dilution for older children).
NEAT - "Neat" means that you can generally apply the oil directly to the skin or reflex points of the feet without the need for dilution. However, every person is different so it's always a good idea to test it on your inner elbow first.
Remember that this guide is in no way here to replace medical advice or your own judgment. Consult your doctor, always do a skin test and use caution. Essential oils may be natural, but that doesn't mean they aren't powerful.
Precaution: Dilute greatly and use with caution on children.
Diffuse through the room, add to a shirt collar or pillow. Massage into the feet and toes or use in a full body massage.
Inhale directly or through steam (such as a bowl of hot water). Massage into the reflex points of the feet.
Massage frankincense essential oil into the joints and diffuse or inhale through steam daily.
Inhale directly or through steam or diffusion. Massage into the chest and throat and over the balls and arches of the feet.
Inhale frankincense essential oil whenever you're feeling overwhelmed. Diffuse in the room. Massage into the feet.
Use daily both aromatically and topically: massaged into the feet or body, inhaled or diffused, added to bathwater, etc.
Follow the same instructions above: Brain (Aging)
Diffuse through the home, add to the shirt collar and massage into the chest. Or add a drop to the hands and inhale directly.
You can use this topically on the reflex points of the feet or body, and aromatically in any manner. But also consider adding 1 drop to unsweetened beverage and consuming throughout the day.
Massage into the hands, and feet, as well as over the entire body to keep the muscles from atrophy.
Add a drop to steaming water, place a towel over your head and inhale until the steam stops. Massage it into the feet and toes as well.
Diffuse throughout the home, add a dab to the shirt collar or behind the ears.
Add a drop to steaming water, place a towel over your head and inhale until the steam stops. Also massage into the chest and balls of the feet.
Add a drop to steaming water, place a towel over your head and inhale until the steam stops. Massage into the pads of feet and the toes.
Massage into the reflex points of the feet, or try a hot compress or adding several drops to a bath.
Add a dab to the wart once a day until it disappears.
Inhale via steam and massage 2 drops into each of the feet and hands daily.
Immune System Support
Great during cold and flu season. Diffuse throughout the home and massage 1-2 drops into the feet daily, as needed.
Massage into the reflex points of the feet (toes) and hands (tips of fingers).
Inhale from steam, add a drop to warm water and soak the infected area, create a spray using distilled water and several drops of frankincense essential oil and diffuse through the home for overall wellness.
Massage frankincense essential oil into the inflicted area, being careful to move toward the heart. For general inflammation, add 1 drop to a steaming pot of water and inhale until the water is cooled.
Massage oil of frankincense over the liver, as well as into the outside of the right foot. Aromatic uses are also beneficial.
Lou Gehrig's Disease
Inhale 1-2 drops via steam daily. Massage into the entire body, always moving toward the heart. Massage over the soles of the feet daily.
Meditation and Prayer Diffuse through the room, rub on hands, feet and over head.
Inhale 1-2 drops via steam as needed. Diffuse while study or working. Massage into the toes and base of the toes.
Add to your bath water at the end of a long day, massage into your scalp or across your chest.
Add to a warm bath, massage the abdomen and around the ankles and over the feet. Diffuse through the room. And allow yourself stillness, care and vulnerability.
Apply a dab directly to the mole daily.
Massage into the pads of the feet and across the chest. Steam inhalation or diffusing may also be beneficial if it doesn't aggravate the condition.
Use over the entire body during gentle massage. Apply to the soles of the feet daily. Diffuse or inhale via steam daily.
Inhale directly via steam (adding 1 drop to a pot of hot water) and massage into the base of the toes daily.
Inhale directly via steam daily or twice a day. Also use during full body massage and add to the soles of the feet daily.
Diffuse through the room, inhale directly (especially via steam for longer periods of time) and apply topically to the reflex points of the feet.
Add several drops to bathwater or a foot bath, rub into hair or receive during a foot massage as frequently as possible. Also use aromatically in any way you prefer.
Add a drop to wounds or use during your daily facial cleansing to prevent acne scarring. It may also be beneficial in reducing the appearance of scars when used daily.
Add 2 drops of frankincense essential oil to a pot of steaming water, place a towel over your head and inhale until the water stops steaming. Do this at least daily. Massage into the reflex points of the feet and also use during body massage, always working toward the heart.
Take internally in capsules or food, as described above. Gently massage over the area and into the reflex points of the feet.
Virus of Nerves
Massage over entire body, always moving toward the heart. Massage into the reflex points of the feet. Add to a warm bath.
Apply frankincense essential oil directly to the wart daily.
Gently massage into the skin in upward circular motions daily.
Because it contains sesquiterpenes, allowing it to go beyond the blood-brain barrier, many other uses for frankincense essential oil have been reported: aging, insect bites, any respiratory illness or disease, carbuncles, diarrhea, diphtheria, gonorrhea, headaches, healing of any kind, hemorrhaging, herpes, high blood pressure, jaundice, laryngitis, meningitis, nervous conditions, prostate, pneumonia, sciatic pain, snake bites, sores, spiritual awareness, stress, syphilis, tension, tonsillitis, wounds, pineal and pituitary gland function, increases leukocyte activity, defending against infection. Also said to increase good moods, which in turn strengthens the immune system.
Be sure to always choose Oman frankincense essential oil.
Because quality is everything when it comes to essential oils, never buy your oils from the grocery store. Although they may be suitable for aroma, they aren't the quality you need for health purposes. This is why we support and affiliate for our favorite brand, doTERRA essential oils.
There are several ways to get your hands on Oman Frankincense essential oil: retail, discounted, or wholesale.
But retail sucks.
So we recommend purchasing a discounted or wholesale account (similar to something like Costco) to get the best prices on this or other oils. Which is the best fit for you will depend on your needs.
Using a health product such as frankincense essential oil is a great step toward eco-friendly living.
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