What’s so special about Frankincense?
When it comes to natural healing remedies, Frankincense is a star player. This fragrant oil has been used for centuries to treat all sorts of illnesses and disorders. But what makes Frankincense so special? What health benefits does it offer?
Frankincense is one of the most precious natural oils in the world. Let's discover what makes it so special and why you need it.
1. What is Frankincense anyway?
Most people think Frankincense is an oil. Well, it is, but it doesn't start that way. It is an aromatic tree resin from the Boswellia tree native to Oman and Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, and in Somalia, in north-eastern Africa and some parts of India.
The trees are almost impossible to grow outside of the Arabian Peninsula. Because this makes Frankincense very rare, some believe it helped to make the Arabians one of the wealthiest peoples on earth by the time Jesus was born.
2. Its royal history
There is a long, revered, and royal history surrounding this almost magical oil.
As far back as the 16th century BC in Egypt, Frankincense, with its medicinal and wellness properties, was passed from generation to generation. Deeply revered among the Greek, Roman and Egyptian Royalty, they used it in their rituals, festivals and sacred ceremonies.
According to Christian history, Frankincense was one of the three royal gifts given to the baby Jesus by the Three Magi – commonly known as Kings or Wise Men - after his birth. Their gifts were Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.
Transporting this valuable resin is believed to have started the 'Incense Trade Route' around 1000 BC to supply Frankincense and Myrrh to the Mediterranean. At its height, it is thought that this overland route transported 3000 tons of Frankincense and Myrrh (in various forms) every year. That's impressive for the sap of a desert tree!
3. Its scent
OK, we know that Frankincense is amazing, but what does it smell like?
It has an aromatic, earthy, woody scent combined with pepper and citrus. It carries an undertone of rosemary and pine and has a surprising sweetness when used in essential oils.
It is often blended with other fragrances to provide richness, depth, and mystery to the overall aroma.
Frankincense blends beautifully with citrus oils like Lime, Lemon and Wild Orange. You can also mix it with Lavender, Geranium, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and Clary Sage in your diffuser.
If you like the scents of Musk and Sandalwood, bright and lively citrus, plus woody scents, you should enjoy Frankincense.
4. Why it's so good for you
The medicinal and wellbeing qualities of the very versatile Frankincense are well known.
Its medicinal properties are said to include: anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic effects, improved digestion, reduced asthma, improved oral health and Frankincense has even been said to help fight certain types of cancer. Amazingly the long list of wonderful benefits extends to skincare, as it helps beautify and rejuvenate the skin.
You can use this versatile wonder topically, take it internally, (can be considerered a little contreversial) burn it (incense), and use it in a diffuser. (See our tips for fragrances to mix it with above!)
It can even help you to enjoy a more profound meditation and deeper relaxation during yoga. Just pop it on your temples and feel the calm wash over you.
What we love the most about Frankincense is how it makes you feel!
Its beautiful aroma promotes feelings of satisfaction, peace, relaxation, and overall wellness and can also help soothe anxiety and relieve negative emotions like stress and mild depression. It works well to balance your mood and calm your racing mind. Who doesn't love that?
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