Frankincense Endangered Species
Note: Please consider when using Frankincense that this tree is on the endangered species list. Corrupt harvesting for high prices to some local farmers will see this product extinct in the next few years. Please be mindful when purchasing.
The following uses of frankincense are based upon knowledge of trusted colleagues in the online community. In going through this list you will see that frankincense deserves its reputation as the “King of Oils.” (aka Frank, The King of Kings in my stories). Sad too that the production of this oil is unsustainable in its native environment
1) Heal wounds from cuts, scrapes and burns.
For even greater benefit, apply lavender essential oil first then layer frankincense on top. The combination of these two oils together is amazing when it comes to healing wounds.
2) Reduce and fade scars.
Continue use after the wound has healed to reduce and fade scarring.
3) Relieve the symptoms of gout.
Mixed 50/50 with a carrier oil, frankincense has been known to relieve the painful symptoms of gout. I know this is true because during our recent vacation, my husband had a flare-up of gout and after applying frank and coconut oil four times daily, the pain was all but gone within three days.
4) Foster strong immune system.
The antiseptic properties of frankincense make it ideal for supporting a strong immune system. Massage a few drops into the balls of your feet every day. In addition, try diffusing it throughout your home and especially in the bedroom at night. This is especially good during cold and flu season.
5) Stress and anxiety management.
Apply a drop at the temples to relieve stress and evoke a feeling of calmness. You can also rub a few drops mixed in a carrier oil on the back of the neck when you feel anxious. Something else you can do is simply inhale the aroma of the oil by rubbing a drop or two between the palms of your hands then bringing them up to your nose and taking a deep breath.
6) Mitigate depression and feelings of helplessness.
Apply a few drops to the back of the neck and especially around the brain stem two or more times daily.
None of us likes to look old. Dabbing frankincense on fine lines and wrinkles will make them less noticeable. A 50/50 blend with a carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil) in a glass roller ball is recommended. You can also add a drop of frank to your daily moisturizer.
8) Replacement for NSAIDS/Advil.
Frankincense is a powerful anti-Inflammatory and can be used to relieve conditions where pain and inflammation are present.
9) Colds and congestion.
Put up to six drops in a sink or bowl filled with very hot water then bend over the sink with a towel draped over your head to contain the steam. Breathe in the vapors for at least five minutes, adding more hot water as needed. Be careful not to scald yourself; the water should be hot, not boiling.
10) Relieve itching.
A single drop applied to the affected area will bring immediate relief.
11) Relieve arthritis pain and swelling.
Mix with a carrier (such a Simple Salve or DIY healing salve) and rub into aching joints at night before bed and throughout the day,
12) Clear up cystic acne.
Dab one drop on stubborn spots of cystic acne morning and night.
Add five or six drops to a diffuser and breath in the oil to open the senses and create a calming atmosphere. Perfect for quiet meditation.
14) Remove moles, skin tags, and warts.
Apply a single drop three or four times a day until gone. Note that if the mole is dark and ragged around the edges and/or growing quickly, see your healthcare professional for an assessment and possible treatment.
15) Reduce swelling from insect bites.
A single drop dabbed on an insect bite will reduce the swelling and stop the itching.
16) Enhance vision.
I have seen many references to “studies” that indicate that frankincense will improve vision and possibly eliminate the need for reading glasses. I could not find a single study myself, however. That said, my personal experience tells me that frank will indeed improve vision and if my latest test results are accurate, using frankincense along the orbital bones and under my eye has halted, for now, the progression of glaucoma. Please take care not to get any oil in the eye itself. In this case, less is more.
17) Remove musty odors.
Place a couple of drops in a small dish of water and the room will take on a much fresher smell.
18) Restless leg syndrome.
Apply two drops Frankincense with carrier oil to the bottom of each foot and massage each night to relieve restless leg syndrome.
19) Oral health:
Useful as preventative measure against oral health problems such as bad breath, toothaches, cavities, canker sores and other infections. Try mixing with baking soda and coconut oil to make your own toothpaste.
20) Promote sleep and prevent insomnia.
Diffuse frankincense at bedtime to help you slow down your breathing and relieve nervous tension and anxiety. You will sleep like a baby!
21) Boost the healing power of homemade remedies and beauty products.
Add a few drops of frankincense to DIY salves, lip balms, and roller balls. It boosts the power of everything else! (More about that in #22 below.)
22) Enhance the efficacy of other essential oils.
The best is saved for last. Layer frankincense over another essential oil to enhance that oil’s properties and drive the oils deeper into the cells. This layering will deliver amazing results for those times when you need to kick it up a notch.
Essential oils and you
Essential oils are adaptive, meaning they adapt to your unique body chemistry. What this means is that sometimes an oil will work for you right away and sometimes you have to be consistent and use it over a period of days to see results. And, in some cases, a particular oil may not work for you at all.