Every now and then you come across compounds that are super beneficial yet nearly completely obscure. Ashwagandha, which we have discussed extensively in past posts, is one such element. Another is frankincense, which is absolutely amazing as a health elixir. We’ll go over some frankincense benefits and why this compound really is all that and a bag of chips.
Frankincense is an essential oil that has been in use for thousands of years and is a common ingredient in aromatherapy. The oil is derived from the resin of the Boswellia sacra tree grown in regions like Somalia and India.
The oil is highly prized by natives due to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It is also used in various cultural and religious ceremonies throughout the world.
Luckily, the oil is readily available in western countries. While the frankincense benefits are known in holistic circles, the general populace is still largely unaware of such a potent oil.
Inflammation is the root cause of so many health woes. Bring down inflammation, and you’ll notice feeling better almost immediately. We’ll go over some benefits that have been under the microscope and verified by men and women in lab coats.
By stress, we’re talking about both physical and psychological stress. Both have enormous health consequences on the body. So, how does the essential oil curb stress?
Studies show that frankincense has a psychoactive effect on the brain. In turn, this reduces blood pressure and heart rate. In addition, it also has an anti-anxiety and anti-depression effect. What makes this different from a conventional anti-depressant medication, though, is that frankincense has no side effects.
If you’re feeling the blues more often than you would like, you might want to give frankincense a try. You just might feel better and more upbeat.
Inflammation inhibits your immune system’s ability to fight off diseases and infections. One Chinese study showed that frankincense oil was helpful in reducing oxidative stress and killing cancer cells in the bladder.
One way it boosts immune function is through the proliferation of lymphocytes (white blood cells). The oil also has a compound known as acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), which has been proven in other studies to fight off cancer cells in patients with late-stage ovarian cancer.
The oil has beneficial dermal properties as well. Some people use the oil as a topical agent for killing bacteria on the skin. This is actually a helpful remedy for treating minor issues like body odor. It’s certainly a natural alternative to your typical deodorant stick.
In short, frankincense is a germ and bacteria killer.
Frankincense is also known to have antiseptic qualities. It just might be more helpful than mouthwash for counteracting halitosis (bad breath) and warding off plaque and gingivitis. A double-blind randomized study showed that the oil was effective for lowering inflammation in the oral tissue. You can also take frankincense for alleviating toothaches, mouth sores, and other dental ailments.
Please keep in mind that frankincense oil is in no way a replacement for your existing oral health hygiene care. You still need to brush and floss daily and see your dentist at periodic intervals. There is simply no single substance that gives you a 100% disease-free mouth.
Since frankincense acts as an antiseptic, then it stands to reason that the oil can also kill bacteria on other surfaces. Outside of human health, the benefits of frankincense also include home remedy solutions.
People have actually used the oil for cleaning their house. Homeowners have treated the substance as a cleaner for the kitchen countertop and toilet seat. The oil, however, isn’t exactly cheap, so this would be a viable albeit expensive method of good housekeeping.
We just established that frankincense kills dermal bacteria. That’s not all it does for your skin, though. It also promotes skin elasticity, thus creating smooth skin complexion and minimizing wrinkles and stretch marks. In this sense, the frankincense essential oil benefits are very similar to that of collagen, which we have discussed at length in previous posts.
If taking frankincense for healthy skin, then we recommend it in conjunction with a collagen supplement or bone broth diet. You can also use frankincense oil by placing a few drops in your lotion. You can do the same with shampoo for promoting vibrant hair.
In recent years, people are also turning to frankincense oil for treating acne and severe pimple breakouts. You just might get better results than using an OxyPad.
Frankincense may also act as a hormone balancer. In women, the oil helps reduce symptoms associated with menopause. More specifically, studies show that it reduces salivary estrogen levels in perimenopausal women.
Though the study pertained to women, men should take notice as well. After all, estrogen production in males have been linked to testosterone decline and weight gain. Another study actually showed that frankincense oil increases testosterone production and sperm motility in male rats.
A stressed body cannot unwind for the day and hit the sack. As a stress reliever, it only makes sense then that frankincense also promotes healthy sleep rhythms. Inflammation also causes pain and great discomfort, thereby making it increasingly difficult to drift off to dreamland.
A report from the Natural Medicine Journal revealed that frankincense and a number of other natural essential oils have great anti-inflammatory effects. This is important because past studies have found links between inflammation and sleep loss.
The mounting scientific evidence in support of frankincense speak for themselves. This oil is truly potent; better yet, it’s a byproduct of mother nature and not birthed in a lab. This is why we decided to make frankincense one of the ingredients in our Inflammation Relief supplement. This product also contains a number of B vitamins also proven cut down on dangerous inflammation.
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