The word Frankincense comes from Old French (“franc encens”) meaning, “high-quality incense.” It certainly is that. Frankincense is known as “King of Essential Oils” because it has so many benefits.
In ancient traditions, frankincense was highly valued. I was used in the tabernacle and considered Holy by God (Exodus 30:34-36). It was later placed in Solomon’s Temple along with the Ark of the Covenant (1 Chronicles 9:26-30). Frankincense was also deemed a precious gift to honor Jesus’s birth (Matthew 2:11).
Originating from the Arabian Peninsula, frankincense was also greatly used by Islamic and Egyptian traditions. It was a prized possession, proved by the great quantities found in Hatshepsut’s tomb. Egyptians would make perfumes as well as salvages to smooth the skin.
In ancient times, and now, frankincense was revered for sacred practices. Just as it was used in offerings, anointing and ceremonies in Biblical, Arabian and Egyptian history, it can be used today as aromatherapy, topical skin care and healing for digestion and overall wellness.
Frankincense emits a warm, spicy and clean aroma, which is earthy and uplifting. When burnt as incense or through an oil diffuser, it creates a safe, comforting environment perfect for prayer and meditation. It can aid in refining a sense of purpose and provide a perfect opportunity to collect thoughts. As an effective remedy against stress and anxiety, frankincense promotes feelings of satisfaction, peace, relaxation and wellness.
Frankincense can be added to skin care products and cosmetics to increase cellular health and rejuvenate the skin, leaving it healthy and radiant. Anti-aging properties help smooth out wrinkles and will aid to fade stretch marks and scars.
Not all essential oils can be consumed internally, but frankincense will boost the immune and digestive systems when used this way. It also reduces inflammation, especially from bronchitis and congestion. Additionally, it can be used as a preventive agent in oral care. Frankincense also relieves symptoms linked to female menstrual cycles. However, be cautious if you are pregnant or nursing and avoid contact with eyes and inner ears.
The many great uses of frankincense makes it a cherished essential oil. The impact of this “high-quality incense” is an overall sense of wellness, for both your body and mind. The satisfaction, peace, skin rejuvenation, immune system and digestive health all culminate into a powerful commodity.