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.

Benefits of using Lemongrass Oil

 

History:

Lemongrass and its oil have been used for hundreds of years. It is well known for its herbal and medicinal properties. Back in the day, Indian and Chinese doctors, who were known as the natural healers, used Lemongrass in various ways to help people with their ailments. They used it to treat infectious illnesses and fevers, cold, and rheumatism. The plant was used to cleanse dwellings, used in spiritual cleansing rituals to protect and purify the home against evil, negative energies.

Lemongrass oil has a citrus aroma and lemony flavor. It is used to flavor soups, teas, and other meat, poultry dishes. This essential oil also adds fragrance to homemade cleaners, deodorizers, candles, soaps, and shampoos.

Today, Swiss Mist’s organic Lemongrass Essential Oil has potential medicinal and therapeutic properties. It can be used externally to reduce muscle inflammation, as an insect repellent, and kill bacteria on contact. Using it as a home cleaner helps. Used in foods and soups, it helps with ease of digestion. It is not only an anti-bacterial but an antiviral, antifungal and antiseptic.

Chemical Compounds and Properties: The Lemongrass plant’s biological names are Andropogon Citratus and Cymbopogon Citratus. The oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant through steam distillation. The chemical compounds extracted are Citral, Geranyl Acetate, Limonene, Myrcene, Farnesol, Nerol, Neral, Citronellal, Geraniol, Terpineol, Dipentene, Methyl and Heptenone.

These naturally derived chemical properties have the power to mitigate fungal and bacterial infections on surface tops and in the air.

Benefits and Uses of Lemongrass Oil:

1. Lemongrass oil is an anti-inflammatory. It helps with relieving sore muscles when used as a massage oil. It can also help alleviate a cramped stomach.

2. It can be used to apply on cuts and wounds. Mix a few drops of Lemongrass essential oil in saline solution to wash and clean wounds.

3. When used in soups and foods along with Ginger Carrier oil, this essential oil can act as an antimicrobial to prevent infections in the urinary tract, stomach, colon, respiratory tube and organs.

4. Lemongrass oil can be used to bring down anxiety levels due to stress caused by work, sorrow, and grief caused due to death of a loved one. It can help uplift human spirits, improve mental strength, levels of tolerance and raise confidence levels. Add a few drops to unlit candles or use in diffusers.

5. The Lemongrass essential oil can be used in moist heat applied through a hot, wet towel on the forehead of a person or child suffering from fever. It can also relieve congestion in the windpipe and infection in the lungs if added to green tea or regular hot tea.

6. Viral infections like the cold, influenza, can be reduced by inhaling Lemongrass essential oil in a hot vapor steam inhalation.

7. Using lemongrass oil in foods and soups helps with increased urination. This helps the user lose fat through urine. About 4% of the urine volume is composed of fats. And urinating frequently keeps your kidney and bladder healthy, as urine cleanses out your body by removing toxins.

8. The oil from Lemongrass can be used to treat athlete’s foot and ringworm infections.

9. Adding 20 to 30 drops of Lemongrass essential oil to 24 or 32 oz of water can make the resulting spray an effective insect repellent.

10. Pour 2 drops of Lemongrass essential oil on your palm and rub both your palms together, then inhale it gently. This will help your senses revive and make you more alert to your surroundings.

11. Inhaling Lemongrass oil can help calm your body, lower stress levels, and stimulate your nerves.

12.  Adding a few drop of Lemongrass essential oil to tea can help with reducing menstrual cramps for women.

13. Lemongrass essential oil can be added to body wash, shampoos, or in a tub for a relaxing, hot water soak. This oil helps fight skin infections and keep your skin looking young.

14. Strengthen your hair follicles by mixing a few drops of lemongrass oil with a carrier oil like Coconut oil to make your hair roots vibrant and healthy.

15. Adding a few drops of Lemongrass oil to your daily tea will help you produce anti oxidants which will help your body fight cancerous cells by strengthening your immune system and antibodies for other infections.

16. Inflammation caused by Arthritis, Diabetes, Nerve disorders, unhealthy Cholesterol levels, Cardiovascular disease and other health issues, can be mitigated when you rub 3 drops of Lemongrass oil over the affected area.

Precaution: Using Lemongrass oil without proper directions or applying it to users with sensitive skin or babies is not advised. If you must use Lemongrass essential oil make sure the recipient does not get affected by it. Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children, at all times. Wash your hands before and after use of all types of essential oils. Make sure your family members are not allergic to the smell and flavors of Lemongrass oil before you use it in soups or dishes. Always, perform a skin patch test before you apply it fully. Sensitive skin users have to be extra careful with the use of essential oils. Pregnant women and people with medical conditions have to use essential oils with caution or not use it at all.