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Calming, Revitalizing and Uplifting– I always tell people when they aren’t sure what oil to use – Always start with Frankincense. Good for children, seniors, pregnancy, life transitions and emotional peace.

FRANKINCENSE is also known as olibanum, and is a small, shrubby tree with white flowers. Incisions in the bark produce a milky-white resin that hardens into orange-brown “tears,” and the essential oil is steam-distilled from these “tears” of hardened resin. Frankincense has fresh, citrus, turpentine top notes and sweet, warm, balsamic, camphoraceous, wood-smoke undertones. It blends well with most floral, woods, spices and citruses, and also mixes well with patchouli, clary sage, rosemary, basil, vetiver and a favorite mix is with Wild Orange – Frankincense is such a protector on so many several levels.

The word Frankincense comes from the old French – “franc encens” meaning high quality incense. Frankincense has been traded on the Arabian Peninsula and in Northern Africa for over 5,000 years. Research shows us that frankincense was used in many old world traditions. It was thought to be able to drive away evil spirits (Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, French, Asian folklore and rituals), and if we think of these spirits in modern terms as unwanted obsessions, fears and anxieties which may manifest themselves as physical illness and ailments, we understand the benefits of applying Frankincense for all occasions.

Of course Frankincense is mentioned in the Bible as a gift given to the Christ Child from the Three Wise Men.

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of frankincense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

Matthew 2:1-12

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FRANKINCENSE: is analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-depressant, astringent, carminative (relieves gas), cicatrizant, cytophylactic (stimulating regeneration of cells), digestive, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, immune boosting tonic, anti-carcinogistic.

Frankincense is the most valuable essential oil for slowing and deepening breathing, helping to calm fear, anxiety, nervous tension and stress. It smells divine, and was traditionally burned as an offering to the gods. Useful in massage and bath oils, Frankincense is also good in inhalation, diffusers and mood blends. It counteracts respiratory problems and is useful in treating colds, bronchitis, asthma, coughs and sore throats.

One of the gifts of Frankincense is its’ chemistry – sesquiterpenes–can cross the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) and facilitates oxygenation of cells for optimal communication at the cellular level. In a study that has already triggered follow-up work, sesquiterpenes were shown to increase the number of certain receptors in the brain and are now considered prospects for treatment of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and schizophrenia.* (Frankincense, Sandalwood, Valerian, Myrrh, Vetiver research) Skin treated with the sesquiterpenes allows polar compounds such as water to penetrate more effectively.

Frankincense has profound psychological and spiritual benefits, long recognized by religious and spiritual traditions the world over. Its centering effect allows one to focus clearly and is an ideal aid to meditation, contemplation, and prayer — ceasing mental chatter and stilling the mind. Facilitating a state of single-pointed concentration, it allows the Spirit to Soar. Helpful in allowing the past to be in the past, and creating an environment in which optimism and an expectation of freedom in dwelling on current successes that allow peace and self-acceptance to take place.

In skincare, Frankincense is particularly helpful for older skins, and has a definite tonic effect, helping to restore some tone to slack looking facial skin, and slowing down the appearance of wrinkles. Frankincense is safe to use during pregnancy.

*Elisabetsky,E., 1997 Anti convulsive proper.. Erreira,F., Santos, M.S. Faro, C., Pires, E., Carvalho, A.P., Cunha, P.A.,Macedo, T., 1996…

Frankincense

Boswellia carterii, freana, and sacra

Renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils, Frankincense has extraordinary health benefits. In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies and the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin.

This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. It’s soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of imperfections. As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to support healthy cellular function. When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense promotes feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

 

  • Supports healthy cellular function
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation
  • Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections

Uses:

  • Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening for a warming and soothing effect.
  • Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections.
  • Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
  • Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

  • Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
  • Internal: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
  • Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with carrier oil of your choice.

CAUTIONS Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.

Frankincense Recipes

Clearing Blend

  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 3 drops Wild Orange

Blend in palm of hands by rubbing palms together and when warm apply to back of neck and forehead and focus on accepting positive thoughts and personal courage to be aware of goodness in self and those around you – also inhale from warm hands – relaxes chest and makes the Heart Happy.

Birth Blend

For New Mother: Rub Frankincense on chest and neck. For Newborn: Rub small amount of Frankincense on the head, chest and umbilical cord.

The use of Frankincense during the birth process provides the newborn with a positive experience in the adjustment of being brought into the world away from the warmth and rhythm of being in their mother’s womb and supports the physical and emotional support of changes for the new mom.

End of Life Care

Diffuse frankincense in the room of Hospice patient to help with breathing, clarity and emotional well being. Supports family and friends by helping emotions stay balanced and focus on the loved one during the passing stages. Allows the mind of patient to be more clear even when on heavy pain medication – applying Frankincense to throat, neck and chest relieves anxiety and helps with simple expressions of love and appreciation. Helps loved one to keep fluids down when Frankincense is blended with lemon oil – the combination is great for relief of mouth thickness and mucous that can gather in throat, and relieve mouth sores. (Apply with big Q-tip or gentle spritzer).

Anti-Depression Roller bottle/Diffuser Blend:

  • 8 drops Frankincense
  • 3 drops Ylang Ylang
  • 6 drops Clary Sage
  • 10 drops Wild Orange
  • 8 drops White Fir
  • 15 drops Geranium
  • 15 drops Lavender

Fill roller bottle and apply to bottoms of feet and pulse points. Add 4-6 drops to Diffuser and run 15 minutes every two hours.

Instant Mind Clarity

3 drops Frankincense in palm of hand, rub hands together to make warm, hold hands around nose and mouth – and inhale deeply three times and allow the body to process for 3 minutes.

Cut and Wound Healing Oil Blend:

  • 2 tablespoons of Coconut oil
  • 6 drops of Frankincense
  • 7 drops of Melaleuca
  • 4 drops of Cypress
  • 3 drops of Helichrysum
  • 2 drops of Myrrh
  • 1 drop of Sandalwood

Combine oils with coconut oil and apply gently after cleaning the cut or wound. Repeat application several times daily as needed.

Scar Massage Oil:

  • 2 Tablespoons of Coconut oil
  • 10 drops of Wheat germ oil
  • 2 Tablespoons of Flaxseed oil
  • 5 drops of Frankincense
  • 3 drops of Geranium
  • 3 drops of Patchouli
  • 6 drops of Wild Orange
  • 2 drops of Sandalwood
  • 3 drops of Cypress

Combine ingredients in roller bottle and apply over recovering wound or old scar 3-4 times a day.

Cold and Flu Chest Rub:

  • 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 4 drops of Frankincense
  • 1 drop of Thyme
  • 1 drop of Oregano
  • 1 drop of Ginger
  • 2 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 2 drops of Cypress
  • 1 drop of White Fir

Combine oils in a roller bottle and apply along the sternum in an upward motion several times a day to relieve congestion and tightness in chest and ease breathing.

All-Purpose Diffuser Breathing Blend:

  • 6 drops of Frankincense
  • 8 drops of Myrrh
  • 8 drops of Cypress
  • 4 drops of White Fir
  • 8 drops of Thyme
  • 12 drops of Eucalyptus
  • 10 drops of Lemon

Combine oils and put 6-8 drops into Diffuser.

Anxiety Relieving Blend:

  • 2 drops of Frankincense
  • 2 drops of Marjoram
  • 3 drops of Geranium
  • 3 drops of Clary Sage
  • 2 drops of Wild Orange

Combine and inhale – apply to back of neck and enjoy a sense of calm.

Alzheimer’s Disease/Memory Issues

Frankincense inside and out – diffuse, apply to the bridge of the nose, forehead, back of the neck, inside of the forearms, in capsules before meals and deep breathing techniques several times a day – just inhaling this remarkable Frankincense can reduce disorientation and help with long term memory loss.

 

Meditation/Prayer Diffuser Blend:

  • 20 drops of Sandalwood
  • 14 drops of Elevation
  • 9 drops of Frankincense
  • 6 drops of Myrrh
  • 7 drops of Vetiver
  • 5 drops of Lime

Combine oils and put 3 drops in diffuser while meditating or praying.

Parkinson’s Disease

Diffuse Frankincense in home, apply to spine with coconut oil each morning and use the Aroma-Touch Technique twice a week.

 

Support Emotional Transition:

  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • 5 drops of Frankincense
  • 4 drops of Myrrh
  • 2 drops of Clary Sage
  • 2 drops of Patchouli
  • 1 drop of Lemon

Combine oils in roller bottle and apply to wrists, on the bones behind the ears and breathe deeply from hands after rubbed together with a few drops; expect to feel courage and enjoy new freedom.

Flow-Minimizing Bath 

  • 1/4 cup Epsom Salts
  • 1 drop of Frankincense
  • 2 drops of Cypress Oil
  • 1 drop of Geranium
  • 1 drop Rose Oil

Add the oils to the Epsom Salts and then mix into a very warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.

Letting Go Personal Blend:

  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut oil
  • 4 drops of Frankincense
  • 3 drops of Myrrh
  • 2 drops of Rose(optional)
  • 2 drops of Black Pepper
  • 2 drops of Helichrysum

Combine the essential oils with the coconut oil. Apply behind the ears, or inhale deeply from the bottle.

Nerve Soothing Personal Blend

  • 3 drops of Clary Sage

  • 3 drops of Melissa (optional)

  • 2 drops of Vetiver

  • 2 drops of Lemon

    Combine oils – use in diffuser and apply behind the ears and on the wrists to keep calm.

Impatience/Irritability Eliminator Personal Blend

  • 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
  • 2 drops of Frankincense
  • 4 drops of Lavender
  • 4 drops of Geranium
  • 3 drops of Clary Sage

Combine oils and apply to pulse points or inhale often to stay calm and focused.

Dry Skin on Arms and Legs

Blend Frankincense with Essential Therapy Hand and Body Lotion and apply to dry areas – especially when going in and out in the cold weather. This blend is also great for gift giving (you can also use different oils). Just mix and put in small salve containers.

Broken Bones:

Mix Frankincense and White Fir 1:1, rub directly on bone that is injured. If you can’t get to the bone because of cast, bandage, etc., rub on the opposite arm, leg, knee, etc. and the injured bone will still benefit due to Sympathetic Response.

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