Health Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense oil is extracted from the resin of the Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacara tree that’s commonly grown in the Middle Eastern regions and Somalia. This tree can grow in extremely dry and arid conditions.

The Frankincense resin has been used by many different religions over the years, especially the Jewish and Christian religions, burning it as incense during worship. Frankincense got its importance because it was one of the first gifts given to Jesus by the wise men.  Frankincense oil is either inhaled or absorbed through the skin after mixing with a carrier oil, like almond, coconut or olive oil. It can also be used after mixing with any unscented lotion or jojoba oil. The oil supposedly transmits messages to the limbic system of the brain, which influences the nervous system.  Only a few drops of this oil should be inhaled or used on the skin. This oil may not suit all people, so test this oil before starting to use it daily.

This oil is nowadays used in homes during Meditation and Yoga time. Experiencing peace and quiet while diffusing this oil can help promote brain focus. Use 2 – 3 drops in a diffuser for a 15 – 30-minute session.

When purchasing essential oils, always avoid synthetic oils. They don’t provide the desired health benefits. Instead, look for oils that say “pure essential oil” or “100% essential oil” for the highest quality essential oils.

  1. Helps Reduce Stress and Negative Emotions: Inhaling the fragrance from the diffuser has been shown to reduce heart rate and high blood pressure. This oil helps with overcoming anxiety and depression. It does not have negative side effects.
  2. Helps Boost Immune system of the body:  Scientific research has shown that Frankincense has immune-enhancing abilities to help the body destroy harmful bacteria, viruses and even certain cancers. (1) This essential oil can be used to keep germs from forming on the skin, mouth or in your home. People choose to use frankincense to naturally relieve oral health issues; the antiseptic qualities of this oil can help prevent gingivitis, bad breath, cavities, toothaches, mouth sores and other infections from occurring. (2)
  3. Helps Fight Cancer and deal with Chemotherapy side effects: Frankincense oil has been shown to help fight certain types of cancer. (3) A 2012 study even found that a chemical compound found in frankincense called Akba is successful at killing cancer cells that have become resistant to chemotherapy, which may make this oil a potential natural cancer treatment. Studies are still ongoing in this field.
  4. Powerful Astringent that helps kill harmful Bacteria and germs: Frankincense is an antiseptic and disinfectant. It has the ability to eliminate cold and flu germs from the home and the body naturally and can be used instead of chemical cleaners. Drops of this oil can be mixed in with plain warm water soap solution and used to mop and wipe floors at home, in hospitals, clinics, dental clinics and office buildings.
  5. Rejuvenates youthful look and heals skin: Frankincense has the ability to strengthen elasticity of the skin and improve its tone, improve the skin’s defense mechanisms against blemishes caused by bacteria or daily exposure to climate, and refresh youthful appearance as you age. It helps improve the tone and make the skin taut, helping avoid wrinkles, reduces the appearance of scars and acne, and heals wounds. It is also used on the skin to help fade surgery scars, stretch marks due to pregnancy, and for healing dry or severely cracked skin, due to cold winter or harsh external conditions.
  6. Helps balance our hormonal levels as we age: Frankincense oil reduces painful symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause by balancing hormone levels. It can help relieve pain, cramps, constipation, headaches, anxiety, nausea, fatigue and wild mood swings. Frankincense oil helps with regulating estrogen production and reduce the risk of tumor or cyst development in premenopausal women.
  7. Beneficial to Digestion: Frankincense essential oil helps the digestive system to properly detox and produce regular bowel movements.  It helps reduce severe cramping in the stomach, relieve nausea, flushes out excess water from the abdomen that causes bloating and relieve PMS-related stomach pains. (4) This oil helps speed up the secretion of digestive enzymes, relaxing the muscles of your digestive tract thereby helping improve blood circulation, which is needed for proper digestive tract health. It’s been shown to be beneficial in reducing symptoms of the leaky gut syndrome, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) all of which are age-related health issues. (5) It also helps in increasing urine production which helps eliminate toxic wastes from the body, resulting in the overall great health of your body.
  8. An effective sleep aid: Frankincense essential oil is useful in lowering levels of anxiety or chronic stress that can keep you awake at night. It has a calming fragrance that can help you fall asleep without the need for medication. It helps by opening your nostrils and allows your body to reach and keep an ideal sleeping temperature throughout the night.
  9. Helps Decrease Inflammation and Pain due to age: Frankincense can stop the production of inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis, asthma, painful bowel disorders like IBS and similar conditions. (6) It can be useful in helping prevent the breakdown of the cartilage tissue and has been shown to significantly reduce levels of dangerous and painful inflammation, making it a natural treatment option for pain-related conditions that affect the muscles, joints, and tendons. Applying this oil topically on the affected area is recommended in small doses. If allergy or other reaction occurs, discontinue use at once, as this oil may not suit all people.

Use with caution: Frankincense essential oil is extremely well-tolerated by most people. There are no serious side effects of using frankincense oil reported so far. The user must not ingest large quantities, which can result in this oil becoming toxic. Direct Ingestion is not recommended. Ingest this oil by using small quantities (up to a teaspoon) indirectly through soups or stews to provide health benefits to your body. Stop use immediately if this oil does not agree with you.

Frankincense oil can cause certain adverse reactions for some people, like minor skin rashes, digestive issues like nausea or stomach pains. Frankincense has blood-thinning effects, so anyone who has problems related to blood clotting should avoid using this oil or consult with a doctor first. Avoid total use of Frankincense essential oil if you are taking anticoagulant or nervous system related medications.

What do you breathe after you spray air freshener?

 

Air fresheners are used in homes daily. But have you ever wondered what poisonous fumes your family breathes once you spray it? True, it takes care of odors instantly, leaving a fresh smell that pleases your senses.

One of the largest Air Fresheners that advertises hugely is Febreze, created by Procter & Gamble. It traps odor molecules in its spray. But you have to understand that the product does not remove odor molecules, it just masks them. Second, it does not clean dirt and grime that cause the odors. The bacteria that causes the odor still remains. Your nose believes that everything smells clean, just because the chemical scent is stronger than the odor.

You know as well as anyone does that inhalation of chemicals is dangerous. Several ingredients can irritate the lungs and affect the nervous system. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) conducted a test for harmful ingredients to humans, for one of their products, Febreze Air Effects.

Febreze’s manufacturer, P&G discloses only 3 ingredients in this product, but EWG found 87 chemicals in total in one bottle of spray. This and other products that Febreze has are all carriers of these chemicals. Other air fresheners on the market have similar chemicals. “Febreze Air Effects released 89 air contaminants, the third highest number released by any product tested. One of these chemicals is linked to cancer, another to neurotoxicity.” (EWG)

Here are the directions, that seem noticeably, generous, printed on the Febreze can. “Hold can upright, pull trigger back and spray the air in a sweeping motion throughout the entire room. For a noticeably fresh home, spray all the rooms in your home.”  

What about the toxins you are spraying from the can? Does anyone care? Or are we all that oblivious to toxins in the air inside our homes, that we ask, what’s the difference in adding 89 more toxins inside our homes where our children live?

BHT – a neurotoxin, also disrupts endocrine, immunotoxicity, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin, eye and lung irritant.

Acetaldehyde – a chemical that is known to cause cancer, toxic to reproduction and body development, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin, eye and lung irritant.

Fragrance – one of the 3 ingredients disclosed is a neurotoxin, immunotoxin, and allergen to those with sensitive respiratory problems.

Propylene Glycol – causes cancer, allergies, toxic to the immune system, accumulates in the system, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, has shown to be highly absorbed by the skin, irritates the eyes and lungs.

1,3- Dichloro-2-propanol – Carcinogenic (causes cancer) Limonene -Allergen, immunotoxin, skin irritant, irritates the eyes and lungs.

Methyl pyrrolidone – Toxin that affects reproductive organs and development in youth, allergen and immunotoxin, non-reproductive organ system toxicity, skin, eye and lung irritant.

Alcohol denatured – Also disclosed by Febreze, this is linked to cancer, development /reproductive organ toxicity, organ system toxicity, skin, eyes and lung irritant.

Butylphenyl Methyl propionyl – can you even say that out loud without twisting your tongue? – This is an allergen that affects asthma patients, and people with sensitive lungs. It is an immunotoxin, skin, eyes and lung irritant.

Ethyl Acetate – linked to developmental/reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, organ system toxicity, skin, eyes, and lung irritant.

Geraniol – a chemical linked to allergies, immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity and skin eyes and lung irritant.

Linalool – allergen, immunotoxin, skin, eyes and lung irritant.

Benzaldehyde – neurotoxin, skin, eyes and lung irritant.

Diethylene glycol monoethyl ether – non-reproductive organ system toxicity.

Ethylphenol – developmental and reproductive toxin in younger kids, skin,  eyes and lung irritant.

Hexyl Cinnamal – allergen, immunotoxin, skin, eyes and lung irritant.

These chemicals are only a partial list of the ingredients tested by EWG. To get a read on the full list, click here.

Health Benefits of Peppermint

 

 

 

Peppermint leaves are from the mint plant that has therapeutic properties. Here are many health uses for Peppermint.

  1. Ease your Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Peppermint essential oil is “the drug of first choice” in IBS patients. It safely helps alleviate symptoms, making them feel much better. Research has shown that it is effective in children and adults alike, with one study showing a 50 percent reduction in “total irritable bowel syndrome score” among 75 percent of patients who tried it.

  1. Reduce Colonic Spasm and Gas

Peppermint oil is an effective alternative to drugs for reducing colonic spasms. It may also relax the muscles of your intestines, allowing gas to pass and easing abdominal pain if you rub a few drops of peppermint essential oil in circles on your abdomen. Add peppermint oil or leaves to green tea for gas relief.

  1. Breastfeeding-Associated Nipple Pain and Damage

Add a few drops of Peppermint essential oil to warm water and rub on.  This helps prevent nipple cracks and pain in breastfeeding mothers. Do not do this just before feeding as it may not be safe for your child.

  1. Reduce your Tuberculosis Inflammation

Inhaled essential oil of peppermint helps rapidly reduce tuberculosis inflammation, and it could help prevent recurrences or exacerbation of this disease.

  1. Allergic Rhinitis (Hay Fever)

Peppermint essential oil can inhibit histamine release, which suggests it may help alleviate hay fever symptoms.

  1. Reduce Shingles associated Pain

A topical treatment of peppermint oil has shown immediate improvement in shingles-associated pain.

  1. Help improve Memory Problems

The aroma of peppermint oil has been shown to enhance memory and increase alertness.

  1. Ease Chemotherapy Induced Nausea

Peppermint oil effectively reduces chemotherapy-induced nausea, and at a reduced cost compared to standard drug-based treatments.

  1. Inhibit growth of Prostate Cancer

Peppermint essential oil contains menthol, which can inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.

  1. Prevent Dental Cavities and Bad Breath

Peppermint essential oil has been shown to be superior to the mouthwash chemicals in inhibiting the formation of biofilm formations linked to dental cavities. Powdered peppermint leaves have also been used historically to freshen breath and whiten teeth; you can even add a drop or two of the essential oil directly to your toothpaste to give it a minty, fresh flavor.

  1. Breathe better, clear nasal congestion

Peppermint essential oil acts as an expectorant and decongestant and can help clear your respiratory tract. Use peppermint essential oil as a cold rub on your chest or inhale it through a vaporizer to help clear nasal congestion and relieve your cough and cold symptoms.

  1. Relieve your Migraines and Headaches

Peppermint oil has shown to relieve severe migraines and tension headache pain. Try dabbing a few drops on your wrist or sprinkling a few drops on a cloth, then inhaling the aroma. You can also massage the oil directly onto your temples and forehead.

  1. Ease your Stress

Peppermint oil is known to have cooling and energizing properties. Add a few drops to your warm water bath, or dab a few drops directly on your body then get into the tub, for stress relief. You can also put the oil into a diffuser for a stress-relieving aroma.

  1. Healthy Hair and Skin

Blend daily, drops of peppermint oil into your massage oil, shampoo, body wash or body lotion. It has antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can help your skin and remove dandruff and lice from your scalp.

  1. Ease your Asthma Condition

Peppermint contains rosmarinic acid (also found in rosemary herb), which is known to help reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract in people with asthma.

  1. Relax your Muscle Pain

Peppermint essential oil can help relieve muscle spasms and pain. Try massaging this essential oil onto sore muscles or adding it to your hot water bath for muscle pain relief.