Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is made from the resin of the Boswellia tree. It typically grows in the dry, mountainous regions of India, Africa and the Middle East. Frankincense has a woody, spicy smell and can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, steeped into a tea or taken as a supplement. Frankincense is used in Ayurveda medicine. Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic “whole-body” healing systems. It was developed more than 3,000 years ago in India. It’s based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit. For hundreds of years, frankincense appears to offer certain health benefits, from improved arthritis and digestion to reduced asthma and better oral health. It may even help fight certain types of cancer. More research is necessary to determine whether this is a viable treatment option, as well as whether there are short -and long -term effects associated with it’s use.
Benefits of Frankincense Oil
Its active component, boswellic acid is an anti-inflammatory. When diffused into the air, the oil is said to encourage feeling of peace and relaxation. People throughout history have used frankincense it to improve personal satisfaction and combat various ailments.
Frankincense For The Skin
Fankincense essential oil (FREO) has become increasingly popular in skin care. It can help support cellular function, so it’s often used to soothe skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes. Researcher have found boswellic acid, the active component found in frankincenseis has anti-inflammatory properties.
Frankincense For Arthritis
Frankincense has anti-inflammatory effects that may help reduce joint inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers believe that frankincense can prevent the release of leukotrienes, which are compounds that can cause inflammation. Terpenes and boswellic acids appear to be the strongest anti-inflammatory compounds in frankincense. Test-tube and animal studies note that boswellic acids may be as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — with fewer negative side effects. In humans, frankincense extracts may help reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Frankincense For Asthma
Traditional medicine has used frankincense to treat bronchitis and asthma for centuries. Research suggests that its compounds may prevent the production of leukotrienes, which cause your bronchial muscles to constrict in asthma. In one small study in people with asthma, 70% of participants reported improvements in symptoms, such as shortness of breath and wheezing, after receiving 300 mg of frankincense three times daily for six weeks
Frankincense For Cancer
Frankincense oil has been linked to treatments for ovarian, breast, and skin cancers. Studies are generally done in vitro, or on cells in a laboratory. No studies have been conducted on people living with cancer. Trusted Source has done research in 2009 to assess its anti -tumor activity on bladder cancer. Researcher concluded that when administered the oil appeared to differentiate between healthy and cancerous cells. The oil can also suppress cancer cell viability. Then in 2011 Trusted Source found in a study the effects of the oil from B.sacra on breast cancer cells. The findings from another study in 2015 suggested that breast cancer cells may stop growing and die off when exposed to frankincense oil. This approach could be cost effective and less time consuming than other methods. More research is necessary to determine whether the oil or its extract can be consistently and effectively used to treat people who have these cancers.
How To Use Essential Oils
Never ingest any essential oil. Instead dilute one or two drops of frankincense oil with 1 or 2 drop of a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil. Carrier oils help reduce the potency of essential oils to prevent your skin from having an adverse action. Or diffuse the oil into the air to get potential aromatic benefits. If you have a diffuser, add 3 or 4 drops and allow it to disperse. If you don’t have a diffuser, you can add 3 or 4 drops to a pot of boiling water. The steam will allow the scent to disperse into the air. the short-and long -term effects of using frankincense are still unclear.
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