Frankincense essential oil, a very popular oil used in aromatherapy, offers a number of health benefits including relieving stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation and boosting immunity. Frankincense, also referred to as olibanum, is produced from trees of Boswellia genus and is native to north east Africa. It is mainly grown in Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan and India. With plenty of health benefits associated with uses of frankincense oil, we shall discuss here seven common uses of frankincense essential oil.
Use of frankincense essential oil can help with wound healing and in reducing appearance of scars. It can also help with dark spots, stretch marks, eczema and healing surgical wounds.
Mix few drops of frankincense essential oil with an unscented base oil and apply directly to scars or healing wounds. Be careful not to apply on open wounds.
If you are suffering from a bad cold or under flu, frankincense essential oil use may aid in eliminating phlegm from the lungs and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent for nasal passages making breathing easier.
Add a few drops to a piece of cloth and deeply inhale the fumes for relief.
If you are facing any digestion related problems like constipation, gas, irritable bowel syndrome or even menstruation related cramps and upset stomach, frankincense essential oil use may provide relief. It helps in digestion and gives relief from chronic pain.
Add a few drops to a glass of water and drink for quick relief.
Frankincense essential oil is a potent astringent which protects skin cells. It can help in reducing acne, blemishes, appearance of large pores, wrinkles and even tighten skin.
Mix one part of frankincense essential oil with six parts of unscented oil and apply directly to skin. Make sure to do a patch test first.
Frankincense essential oil is a natural disinfectant and antiseptic which means it can successfully eliminate bacteria and viruses from your home.
Use it in an oil diffuser to reduce indoor pollution and deodorise any room or surface in your home.
Most of the essential oils used in aromatherapy helps you relax and calm your senses. Frankincense essential oil is one the best oils to induces a feeling of relaxation, peace and calm for great stress relief.
Add few drops to a diffuser or use it with a base oil and apply topically for relief and relaxation.
Use of frankincense essential oil can help in improving blood circulation and provide relief from joint pain or muscle pain like arthritis. Massage the area with frankincense essential oil for pain relief or diffuse it in an oil diffuser for sense of relaxation.
Alternatively, use frankincense oil for a hot water soak. Simply add few drops to hot water and soak a towel in it, place the towel on affected area to decrease pain.
Although there are no known side effects of frankincense essential oil but still it is advisable to always perform a patch test before using it as a remedy. Try to consult a doctor first if you are trying to use frankincense oil as a potential medical remedy for any problem. Also, use it in moderate quantities to prevent any potential toxic reaction.