Welcome back to another essential oil close up!

This week we’re going to focus on Frankincense.

I’m sure pretty much everyone has heard of this oil (although you may not have realised it is an oil and instead just thought it was something from your school nativity days!)

I love this oil (OK so I love all of the oils…) but this one has a special place in my heart because as soon as I smell it I think of Christmas and this instantly reminds me of being with family and this lifts my spirits.

But what is it?

Frankincense - 18 months to tree sap quote.pngFrankincense is the sap from the Boswellia sacra tree. Back in 2008 the trees are classed as ‘Near Threatened’ by the International Union for Conservation and it takes up to 18 months to go from tree sap to oil.

“The frankincense tree begins to yield resin in its third or fourth year. Collectors make slight incisions or slashes in the stout lower branches with a special knife. The gum exudes at these points and hardens into a tear-shaped resinous substance. After about ten days the drops are large enough for collection. Frankincense is collected chiefly during the monsoon months, and in Oman (from where the best frankincense comes), is stored in mountain caves until the winter after the south-west monsoon is over. This delay enables the product to dry properly, though normally it can be ready for export ten to twenty days after collection. A single tree can yield several kilograms of resin each year.”

(Kew Royal Botanical Gardens)

So it’s something to bear in mind when you’re grabbing a bottle of frankincense for £15 – I mean realistically, how much oil is really in there?

What does it do?

Frankincense - when in doubt quote.png

In the oil world, it’s known as the ‘king of oils’ because it pretty much does everything. There is even a saying ‘when in doubt use frankincense’. Now, while I do respect the fabulous properties of frankincense I tend not to follow this saying.

Personally, I believe that the power of frankincense deserves to be respected and instead I use this oil when it’s required. I am a firm believer of the ‘less is more’ principle and ‘the right tools for the job’ rather than a slap dash ‘hope for the best’ approach.

Plus, I love testing out all the oils in my kit and not just limiting myself to 1 or 2 oils.

So I best get on with telling you how it can help!

All the A’s:

  • Anticatarrhal*
  • Anticancer
  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-infectious
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Antitumour
  • Expectorant **
  • Immune stimulant
  • Sedative

*Catarrh is a build-up of mucus in an airway or cavity of the body. It usually affects the back of the nose, the throat or the sinuses (air-filled cavities in the bones of the face). It’s often temporary, but some people experience it for months or years

**Expectorant: a medicine which promotes the secretion of sputum by the air passages, used to treat coughs.

Primary Uses:

As you can see from the above properties (of which there are a lot), frankincense really can do loads. It’s most commonly used to support these areas of wellbeing:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Balance
  • Brain Injury
  • Cancer
  • Concussions
  • Depression
  • Fibroids
  • Immune System Support
  • Inflammation
  • Lou Gehrigs Disease
  • Memory
  • Mental Fatigue
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Ulcers
  • Tissue Regeneration
  • Wrinkles

(this list is not exhaustive but a great place to start!)

Have a great Tuesday & I’ll catch up with you next week when I delve into Wild Orange!

Best wishes –

Katie x

p.s. If you’re open to learning how to use essential oils to do loads of other neat things and support your body and mind with everything it gets up to then click the link below to go to a free mini-wellness consult

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  1. It’s important to seek the advice of a professional before embarking on a new health regime.
  2. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
  3. This website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
  4. Essential Oils are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease
  5. Not all essential oils are of the same quality and it’s important you check with your oil brand whether you can use your oils aromatically (A), topically (T) and/or internally (I).

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