What is it?
Frankincense is the sap tapped from the scraggly looking Boswellia tree and grown in Oman, Yemen and Somalia. Omani frankincense is said to be the best in the world. The sap is allowed to harden into a gum resin for several days, and then scraped off in tear-shaped droplets. The resin is then gently steam distilled to extract the very aromatic hugely sought after essential oil. In Oman, the best frankincense is usually reserved for the Sultan and is rarely shipped out of the country.
Good quality Boswellia sacra frankincense oil has a woody, earthy, mellow aroma, which is calming and relaxing, and has a host of benefits for your mind and body.
Why should I use it?
Boswellia sacra frankincense has a host of skin benefits, most recognised for reducing the signs of ageing, ‘ showing a more youthful appearance within weeks’. The skin becomes more toned and lifted, healing a host of problematic skin conditions ranging from acne, age spots, moles, scars, fine lines and wrinkles to dry and cracked skin.
Other incredible benefits include;Reduces stress, anxiety & depression - relaxes the mind while up-lifting the spirits - Improves concentration and focus - Helps one disconnect from unpleasant thoughts and mental chatter - Boosts immunity - Fights illness - Balances hormones - Eases digestion - Sleeping aid - Anti-ageing
Cancer - What the research says!
" Frankincense oil has been linked to treatments for ovarian, breast, and skin cancers. The findings suggest that breast cancer cells may stop growing and die off when exposed to frankincense oil. The researchers concluded that their approach is cost-effective and less time consuming than other methods." Healthline (** see ref)
How does it really work?
Frankincense Sacra heals and nourishes the skin at a cellular level. This is partly due to it’s powerful phytochemicals. These are chemical compounds in plants to help them thrive and also prevent attack from competitors, predators, or pathogens. Two compounds in particular have had outstanding results in terms of dis-ease prevention and rejuvenation of cells (Boswellic acid and Sesquiterpenes)
Sesquiterpenes help increase the amount of oxygen in the limbic system of the brain, particularly around the pineal and pituitary glands. This leads to an increase in secretions of antibodies, endorphins and neurotransmitters.
How do I use it?
It can be applied directly to the skin for an intense antioxidant boost to work and heal problem areas such as age spots, acne, scars, moles, or should be diluted into your everyday skincare creams and balms. It may also prevent and heal problematic skin issues and fight unhealthy cells.
- Add 6-10 drops in a bath.
- Mix 5 drops with water to use in an oil burner/ diffuser.
- Mix 6-10 drops with hot water as an inhalation
- Mix 1-2 drops per 10ml of carrier oil for massage.
Can it be ingested?
Is the Frankincense sustainable?
Fortunately the Omani government is very strict on controlling over harvesting of the resin. They want to make sure that the trees are protected so the resin is sustainable. It is also not farmed but wild growing. Good news for sustaining the resources and our planet!
The history of frankincense - the power of its medicinal properties
Frankincense has been used in a variety of ways over the centuries. The Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Israelites and numerous other cultures used frankincense as part of their religious ceremonies. Many ancient texts including the Old Testament make frequent mention of frankincense in a religious context and the origin of Frankincense can be traced back to the Arabian Peninsula. Because frankincense grows almost exclusively in Oman, it has been a vital part of the Omani culture for millennia, originally it was only kept for the sultan and forbidden to leave the country.
Frankincense was the main export, which found its way to Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt in 1500BC. The Queen of Sheba also dispatched a boatload of frankincense from this port as a gift to King Solomon. In these ancient times Frankincense had also been used in India to make incense for worship as in the Middle East. Frankincense traded throughout the Middle East at least since 3000 B.C and eventually came to China to also be used in medicine. In these historic years the value of Frankincense was equal to if not greater than the value of Gold.
We are familiar with the use of Frankincense in the story of the Three Wise Men . Many believe that these gifts brought to Baby Jesus may well have been the origins of our present-day custom of gift giving at Christmas. In ancient times the Frankincense Trail was considered to be the most important commercial route throughout southern Arabia. Frankincense was shipped overland across Oman’s rugged interior to and beyond into Egypt. Still used in important ceremonies including religious festivals, frankincense also remains a symbol of Omani hospitality and its fragrant resin is still burned today throughout the Sultanate to welcome guests.
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