Also known as "olibanum". or "Oil of Lebanon", frankincense essential oil is considered the "holy anointing oil" in the Middle East. It 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. (Matthew 2:11)
"Used to treat every conceivable ill known to man," it was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it.
Researchers today have discovered that the sequiterpenes in it help stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of emotion) 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.
This "holy anointing oil" is now being researched and used therapeutically in European hospitals and is being investigated for its ability to improve human growth hormone production.
Now just to give you a glimpse of uses of this essential oil today, I'll list a few. People use it for allergies, insect and snake bites, bronchitis, cancer (particularily breast cancer), respiratory infections, diphtheria, headaches, hemorrhaging, herpes, high blood pressure, inflammation, stress, tonsilitis, typhoid, and warts.
It contains sesquiterpenes, enabling it to go beyond the blood brain barrier where it is elevating to the mind and helps to overcome stress and despair. It also increases the activity of leukocytes in defense of the body against infection.
The fragrance, alone, of this incedible oil increases your spiritual awareness and promotes meditation. It can also help improve your attitude and uplift spirits.
So knowing all of this helps your to realize that this incense-type oil is relaxing, soothing, focusing and healing.
There are over 52 references to frankincense - considering that "incense" is translated from the Hebrew/Greek "frankincense" and is referring to the same oil.
Let me just list a few references here: Exodus 30:34; Leviticus 2:1-2,15-16, 5:11, 6:15, 24:7; Numbers 5:15; I Chronicles 9:29; Nehemiah 13:5,9; Song of Solomon 3:6, 4:6,14; Matthew 2:11; Revelation 18:13.
If you have a pure oil, it is very safe to use. It is recommended that you dilute it in a 1:1 ration with a carrier oil before applying topically. Also know this oil is considered GRAS (generally regarded as safe for ingesting), a FDA-approved food additive and can be used as a flavoring agent. Please only ingest it with proper instruction from a practioner.
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Frankincense essential oil's botanical name is Boswellia carteri. It's antioxidant capacity (ORAC) is 630. The essential oil is distilled from the gum/resin that comes from cuts made in the bark of the twisted, scrubby trees.
This oil is useful for the immune system, emotional balance, anti-aging, and hair and skin.
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