The ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans were all aware of the positive effects of the essential oil frankincense. The Egyptians even bathed in it thinking it would make them look younger. This not only had a positive effect on the mood, it also helped to reduce stress and generally improve health. Frankincense oil, which is produced from the resin of the Boswellia tree, has a spicy smell with hints of lemon and honey. When you find out what it can do, you’ll never want to be without it again.
1. Relieve coughing
If you have a cold and are constantly coughing, this oil can be a big help. Simply apply it to your neck and throat or put a few drops in water and gargle it.
2. Remove scars
Mix frankincense oil with coconut oil, rub it on your scars and let it soak in. After a few applications, you’ll notice that your scars are not as obvious.
3. Treat insect bites
If your skin is irritated, itchy or red, a few drops of frankincense oil can help. Simply rub it on the affected area.
4. Boost your immune system
Ingest a few drops of frankincense oil to give your immune system a boost. This will help prevent colds and other illnesses brought on by a weak immune system.
5. Find inner peace
Put a few drops of frankincense oil on your neck to aid concentration. This will also make you feel more emotionally balanced. Frankincense oil stimulates the production of noradrenalin and dopamine which help to counteract fatigue, bad moods and general lethargy.
6. Heal wounds
Putting frankincense oil on a cut or other skin injury will help it to heal faster.
7. Remove wrinkles
You don’t need expensive Botox shots or anti-aging creams to battle those wrinkles. Mix some frankincense oil with a couple of lavender leaves and apply it to your face in the morning and the evening. After a few minutes you can wash it off with lukewarm water.
8. Relieve anxiety
If you’re suffering from anxiety, you can put a few drops of frankincense oil on your hand and then inhale it. You’ll feel calmer and more relaxed.
9. Sleep better
If you’re having problems falling asleep, staying asleep or getting out of bed in the morning, you can try putting a small bowl of frankincense oil beside your bed. You’ll get a noticeably better night’s sleep.
Frankincense helps you to breath more deeply and for this reason is often used for mediation. If you want to try meditating to help you relax, you’ll also find it easier to concentrate on the task at hand.
Who would have thought that an essential oil could be so beneficial to your body and soul? From now on it should be a standard part of every medicine cabinet!