Frankincense, also known as olibanum is often used in aromatherapy as well as phytotherapy for its health benefits. It can do many things for our health both mentally and physically. Some health benefits include reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity, relieving stress and anxiety and even known to help fight cancer. Let’s look into how this works:
In phytotherapy, it has been noted Frankincense interacts with slowed hypersensitivity, increased immunoglobins, cytokine production and improved T-cell interaction. This is why it regulates multiple areas of our immune system.
As an essential oil, it can work as an antiseptic and disinfectant. When burned the smoke eliminates germs as it filters out. It’s also used on wounds to protect from tetanus and other infections and as a coagulant to stop the bleeding from wounds.
Frankincense essential oil has anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory properties. It regulates inflammation and has traditionally been used for pain in muscles, intestinal discomfort, and arthritic pain. It also helps tremendously with acute illness as well as chronic and autoimmune disorders. Researchers found that the essential oil has shown the strongest pain inhibiting results, over fifty percent when compared to aspirin in both early and late phase of pain. As an anti-depressant, it relieves coughing and encourages phlegm elimination and congestion of the nasal tract, larynx, pharynx, bronchi, and lungs. It helps relax breathing passages, reducing the dangers of asthma attacks.
It regenerates the healthy cells while keeping the older cells healthy making it a powerful astringent. It tones and lifts the skin while reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fighting the loss of firmness. It strengthens hair roots, gums and contracts muscles, intestines and blood vessels preventing loss of teeth and hair. Not to mention how it helps scars of acne, pox, surgery and stretch marks fade much quicker than usual.
Frankincense regulates the production of estrogen making it helpful with symptoms of the menses and Post Menstrual Syndrome with abdominal pain, nausea, fatigue and mood swings and can delay menopause. It also reduces the opportunity of post-menopause uterine cancer.
There is so much that is still needed to be studied about the ability of frankincense to fight cancer but studies have shown that it has anti-cancer effects on several different cancers, such as bladder, breast, and skin. It even appears to go beyond anti-tumor effects. Brain cancer patients may experience cerebral edema, (swelling in the head) after tumors have been removed and are often treated with steroids which have many complications from side effects. However, in 2011 there was a clinical trial evaluating forty-four patients using frankincense as a remedy for cerebral edema. Amazingly, in sixty percent of the patients monitored, the swelling was reduced by seventy-five percent or more. With such results it’s no wonder frankincense has been prescribed for cerebral edema under these circumstances.
There are still many roadblocks that slow down the testing of alternative treatments but with the knowledge of all that frankincense can do for our bodies it makes sense to use it in the areas we can.
Just as our physical health is important so is our mental health. Frankincense oil is equally important for its effectiveness as a sedative. It relaxes the mind and lowers anxiety and stress, reducing blood pressure and calming you down.
This is for educational purposes only. As always, please seek a licensed health professional before using especially if ill or pregnant.