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Featured Oil: Frankincense

Frankincense, what a versatile and beneficial oil! We are on our second Featured Oil in this series! If you haven’t read the first one, you can do that by clicking Featured Oil: Lavender! And, if you’re curious about what this whole thing is, click here!

Frankincense is one of my favorite oils! It has a very earthy aroma, which I just love. It has a ton of therapeutic properties, and makes a great common oil to keep on hand!

Frankincense is from the Burseracaea family. It has also been called Touchwood family. This family has 540 species of flowering plants! It is extracted from the resins in the bark of trees. One of the best ways to use this oil is for congestion. It can be helpful with bronchitis, or chest congestion. And, it smells good! 🙂

Frankincense types & botanical names

There are many types of Frankincense out there, but there are two popular ones that get used most often. Boswellia carterii and Boswellia serrata. When you’re shopping for the oil, it will say Frankincense with the botanical name under the big name.

There isn’t much of a difference in therapeutic properties like there was with lavender. So, I will list all the things in regards to both types of oils!

Therapeutic Properties of Frankincense

Anti-bacterial, anti-catarrhal, anti-depressant, anti-helmintic, anti-infections, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-migraine, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, decongestant, deodorant, disinfectant, insecticidal.

Therapeutic Uses of Frankincense

Frankincense is great for skin uses like dark spots, aging, and if you add it to a carrier oil first, dry skin. It can also help reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. Emotional health can also benefit greatly from using this oil. It can be used to aid in mediation because of its deep relaxing qualities, and it is great for grief, and loneliness. The immune system can be encouraged by using this oil to help benefit the body in fighting off bacterial and viral infections. Diffusing this oil will help clean the air of bacteria. Respiratory is one of the most popular ways to use it as it helps with congestion and cough. Chest congestion, bronchitis, and a cough from irritation. And last but certainly not least, pain. Mixing frankincense will a carrier oil before rubbing it into your skin can help decrease pain from things like migraines, muscle aches, and other body aches.

As with all essential oils, there are precautions.

Precautions

Frankincense is a very safe oil and can be used for many things. The only real precaution that it has (as long as you’re not ingesting it) is that it can become irritating to the skin if it’s been oxidized.

I am sharing with you my favorite inhaler blend. I have one for myself, and I have made these for other people as well!

Frankincense Recipe

Emotional Balance Inhaler

You will need an aromatherapy inhaler for this recipe. You can find those here. These are my favorite inhalers!

Once you have your inhalers and the wicks you can begin!

5 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
5 drops Lemon (Citrus Limon)

Put one wick in a small bowl, add the drops, and roll the wick around until all the oil is soaked up. Put wick into the inhaler, and reassemble! There you go!
Use it throughout the day as needed to help balance your emotions!

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