Essential oils have been used for thousands of years across the world for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Distilled and purified from various parts of plants, these essential oils contain the “essence” of the plant in concentrated form.
Frankincense oil also called olibanum finds extensive use in aromatherapy and has been studied for its numerous health benefits. Some of the health benefits include boosting of immunity, stress relief, anti-cancer, anti-ageing and anti-bacterial effects.
What Is Frankincense Essential Oil?
Frankincense oil is a powerfully fragrant essential oil extracted from the resin of two species of trees called Boswellia carterii and Boswellia sacra. These trees are native to some areas of the Middle East and Africa and belong to the Boswellia genus.
The French word frankincense means “quality incense” and references to Frankincense essential oil can be found in many religions including Christianity where it is believed to be the first gift received by Jesus from the wise men.
Boswellia serrata is a species that is native to India and is used in traditional Ayurveda medicine for its anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
Boswellic acids and terpenes are the most widely researched beneficial compounds from Boswellia trees. The other important compounds from Boswellia trees include Farnesol, Limonene, alpha pinene, and Myrcene.
Health benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil
Stress relief: Inhalation of Frankincense oil results in stress reduction and reduced heart rate. Unlike anti-depressants or other medications, there are no side effects such as drowsiness with Frankincense oil.
Immunity boost: Frankincense oil strengthens the immune system and is effective against harmful virus, bacteria and some cancers. Being a natural antiseptic Frankincense oil is also effective against gingivitis, mouth sores, cavities, and other infections.
Anti-cancer effects: A study conducted in 2012 showed that a chemical in Frankincense oil, AKBA can effectively kill cancer cells resistant to chemotherapy.
Anti-ageing: Frankincense essential oil helps boost skin health by protecting against bacterial and other infections. Frankincense oil also improves skin elasticity, tone and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, acne and scars. It is useful in getting rid of stretch marks and scars that occur after pregnancy.
Digestive: Frankincense oil is a natural detox agent and is effective against cramping, pain, nausea and other digestive system issues. Frankincense oil can help regularize bowel movement while improving digestion by boosting the production of digestive enzymes. Frankincense oil has been shown in studies to be effective in terms of providing symptomatic relief in diseases such as Irritable Bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and leaky gut syndrome.
Disclaimer: The health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. VitaminsOnly strongly recommends to consult health care professionals for any questions concerning your health.
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