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7 Health Benefits Of Frankincense
We always had frankincense around the house during Christmas time, but I didn't realize there were so many other benefits for it, too. It's not just good for your hair, it also defends against cancer and can boost your immune system.
Erin Russell
06.15.17

Frankincense is sap extracted from the boswellia tree, native to parts of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Harvesters turn the resin from the sap into oils and incense. Frankincense has been appreciated by different cultures for over 5,000 years. Its most common use is as a gift offered to baby Jesus by three wise men in the New Testament. However, the oil is also an all-natural herbal medicine used to aid digestion and cure flesh wounds, among many other uses. Read on to find out why you should keep frankincense in stock year-round and not just at Christmastime.

These ideas are simply ways people have used the oil for their own benefit, but are not guaranteed. Please be sure to consult with your doctor, dermatologist or healthcare expert to address your individual needs before trying any methods you read about in this article or otherwise.

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1) Skin-Healing Properties

When diluted with a carrier oil, such as rose or almond oil, frankincense can have many skin-healing properties. Frankincense has been used topically for curing wrinkles, treating dry skin, and lessening the appearance of scar tissue. The oil has also been used to even out skin tone and treat minor scratches and abrasions.

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2) Respiratory Relief Treatment

Add seven or eight drops of frankincense to your bath water as it could help calm and relax your breathing, temporarily ease asthma symptoms, or treat tough coughs and colds. Alternatively, some say that mixing three to four drops with a warm bowl of water, and inhale the vapors from the bowl for one to three minutes.

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3) Hair-Strengthening Benefits

Add a few drops of frankincense oil to your favorite shampoo to help strengthen the roots of your hair. Mixing a few drops of frankincense with castor oil and massaging it into the scalp before shampooing and conditioning will moisturize the scalp, strengthen hair follicles, and fight hair loss.

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4) Immune System Booster

As mentioned before, frankincense can aid in the respiratory system and help you breathe easier. Some say it can help rid your lungs of phlegm and reduce swelling in the nasal passages. Try the vapor bowl method mentioned above the next time you come down with a cold, using a warm towel to trap the vapor. Breathe the diluted vapors in for at least one to three minutes.

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5) Calming and Relaxing Effects

Aromatherapists use frankincense for its calming, relaxing scent. The oils and incense are often used during meditation or to combat anxiety and stress. Diluted frankincense oil can be used as an addition to massage oil or, like a perfume, rubbed into the neck or temples.

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6) Dental Care Assistant

Diluted frankincense oil has been used to treat toothaches and work as an antibacterial astringent on abscesses, cavities, and infections. You can also find frankincense as an ingredient in natural toothpastes and mouthwashes. The oil is a natural antiseptic, which will draw out impurities and freshen your breath.

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By Erin Russell
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Erin Marissa Russell is a contributing writer at Shareably. She is based in Denton, TX, and can be reached at [email protected]
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