With the upswing in wellness trends, essential oils have become a mainstay for those practicing more holistic approaches to health. One old school healing oil has become particularly buzzy—but chances are it's not yet in your arsenal.
Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is harvested from the resin of Boswellia trees that commonly grow in Somalia. Frankincense oil has been used for thousands of years for its health-boosting properties and has been an essential component in Ayurvedic medicine.
Frankincense oil benefits span from alleviating pain and healing wounds to balancing hormones and purifying the air. A little bit of frankincense oil can go a long way, and even if you're not using it for one of these medicinal treatments, you'll benefit from its unique balsamic-spicy fragrance.
Head below to discover seven frankincense oil benefits that will make you wonder why you haven't used it yet.
One of the major ways frankincense oil is used is for stress relief. Its scent can immediately induce a calming effect, and regular use has even been known to dial down chronic stress. Add a few drops of frankincense oil to an essential oil diffuser to help reduce anxiety, or add a few drops to a hot bath for a soothing stress-relief session.
Frankincense oil boasts antiseptic properties, making it an effective natural element to incorporate into your oral hygiene practices. You can make your own toothpaste by mixing frankincense oil with baking soda—frankincense helps to target tooth decay and oral infections—or you can look for natural oral care products that contain frankincense oil.
Frankincense has been used since ancient times for its healing properties. It can help to reduce the appearance of scars and dark spots caused by acne, stretch marks, and even eczema. You can mix a few drops of frankincense oil into your lotion or a base oil like Jojoba to apply the healing formula directly to the skin, making sure to avoid if the area is already inflamed or skin is broken.
Frankincense oil can help to regulate estrogen production and balance hormone levels, relieving cramps, headaches, nausea, and fatigue.
Frankincense oil facilitates digestion by speeding up the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach and stimulating peristalsis, the involuntary wavelike movements of the intestine that push food forward.
Because frankincense oil helps to reduce anxiety and stress, it can help improve sleep quality at night. Additionally, its scent can help open breathing passages and create a soothing environment for rest. Add a few drop of frankincense oil to an essential oil diffuser near your bed to enjoy these relaxing benefits.
It's not just your body that can directly benefit from frankincense oil. If you want to keep your home a clean, natural place, consider safely burning the oil to disinfect and deodorize an area or use it in an essential oil diffuser to ameliorate indoor pollution.
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