Sunday, December 7, 2008

Ancient Healing Oil

Frankincense - The Ancient Healing Oil


Frankincense oil is distilled from resin of the frankincense tree. It is considered the "holy anointing oil" in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It was well known during the time of Christ for its anointing and healing powers and was one of the gifts given to Christ at his birth. Frankincense is mentioned many times in the Bible. It was used to treat
every conceivable ill known to man and was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it.

Researchers today have discovered that frankincense is high in sesquiterpenes, which helps stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of emotions) as well as
the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. The hypothalamus is the master gland of the human body, controlling the release of many hormones including thyroid and growth hormone. Frankincense is being researched and used therapeutically in European hospitals to build immunity and treat cancer. In ancient times, it was well-known for its healing powers, and was reportedly used to treat every conceivable ill known to man.

Frankincense has been found helpful with allergies, insect and snake bites,bronchitis, pneumonia, diphtheria, headaches, high blood pressure, typhoid and
warts, supporting the immune system. Frankincense smells great and is very mood uplifting. Frankincense may be valuable for reducing or minimizing the formation
of scar tissue. It is also wonderful for the skin and prevention of wrinkles.

Frankincense is on the GRAS List. GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) approved by the
FDA as food additive. This means it can be taken internally but you would want to make sure you have truly unadulterated frankincense.

Frankincense is a commonly adulterated oil. The frankincense resin that is sold in Somalia costs between $30,000 and $35,000 per ton. A great deal of time, 12 hours or more, is required to properly steam distill this essential oil from the resin, making it very expensive. Frankincense oil that sells for $25 per ounce or less is
invariably distilled with gum resins, alcohol or other solvents, which is a cheaper process, but leaves the essential oil laden with harmful chemicals. Sadly, when these cut, synthetic, and adulterated oils cause rashes, burns, or other irritations, people wonder why they do not get the benefit they expected and
conclude that essential oils do not have much value.

High quality frankincense is one of those oils I would never want to be without. I love the smell and I use it for all kinds of things. I really love how it lifts me up when I feel depressed. I also use it when I have "brain fog" and have trouble thinking clearly. I just put a drop on my finger and rub it on my forehead and temples. Frankincense is one of the ingredients in Young Living's oil blend Brain Power.


How To Use Frankincense

Diffuse - In diffuser therapy, frankincense can be used for congestion and voice loss, as well as to calm the mind, reduce mental strain, cultivate internal peace, and place past obsessive states into perspective.

Blend with massage oil or in the bath - Frankincense can be blended with massage oil or diluted in the bath for circulatory support, respiratory support, exhaustion, and nightmares. It also has a good astringent effect on the skin; perks up older, more mature skin; and may assist the body in healing itself of wounds, sores, and ulcers.

Creams and lotions - Frankincense can be added to a base cream or lotion to help with general skin tone and condition while reducing oily skin, rejuvenating more
mature skin, and at the same time helping wounds,ulcers, and sores heal.

Wash or use as a compress - To assist the body in healing and to lessen the appearance of scars from wounds, add a few drops of frankincense to the water
when washing a wound. For other applications, apply diluted oil directly onto the affected area or use as a compress.


The potency and incredible power of this essential oil make it a great investment, even though it is one of the pricier oils. You will enjoy it.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

Hi Patty,
I just came across your blog. How very interesting about frankincense.

Congratulations on your photo being on about.com.

I will be back in the future.

December 7, 2008 at 7:33 PM  
Blogger peppylady said...

I've never used frankincense but it does sound interesting.

Coffee is on.

December 7, 2008 at 7:43 PM  

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