There are countless benefits to using essential oils. In fact, essential oils have been used for thousands of years thanks to their therapeutic and healing properties. Essential oils are typically sourced from the leaves, roots and stems of plants that are known for their healing effects. One such essential oil that has innumerable benefits is frankincense oil. This essential oil is commonly used in aromatherapy, but it also offers a huge range of health benefits such as reducing pain and inflammation, boosting the immune system and alleviating stress and anxiety. Not to mention this powerful essential oil may also help fight cancer. Want to learn more about the incredible benefits of frankincense essential oil? Read on to find out.
Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Frankincense essential oil has been shown to reduce your heart rate and high blood pressure, which in turn can help reduce stress and anxiety in the body. It also contains natural anti-depression properties. During times of stress or anxiety, try adding some frankincense oil to an essential oil diffuser or vaporizer.
Boosts the Immune System
Did you know frankincense oil can help boost the immune system by helping destroy dangerous bacteria, viruses and even some cancers? Studies show that frankincense oil also displays strong immunostimulant (substances that stimulate the immune system) activity. Frankincense oil can also be used to treat a range of other illnesses thanks to its antiseptic prosperities. It is particularly effective at preventing oral health issues such as gingivitis, cavities, mouth sores and other infections.
Kills Germs and Bacteria
Frankincense is an excellent antiseptic and disinfectant that has powerful antimicrobial effects. It has been shown to eradicate cold and flu germs from the body, and can also be used instead of toxic, chemical household cleaning products. Studies have also shown that frankincense essential oil, when combined with myrrh oil, is extremely effective when used against certain types of pathogens (bacteria and viruses).
When applied on the skin, frankincense oil can help scars and marks on your skin fade much quicker. It has likewise been shown to heal wounds and post-surgery scars, as well as heal dry and cracked skin. Furthermore, it has the ability to strengthen the skin and enhance its tone, elasticity and bacteria fighting properties.
Some studies have shown that frankincense essential oil may help reduce symptoms of menstruation and menopause by balancing hormone levels. Frankincense oil may also be used to help regulate estrogen production. It is commonly used to relieve pain, headaches, nausea, fatigue, mood swing and cramps associated with menstruation.
Improves Digestion and Bowel Function
Frankincense contains powerful detoxing properties that can aid in improving digestion and bowel function. It can also help alleviate stomach pain, reduce nausea, and decrease bloating. Frankincense essential oil helps speeds up the emission of digestive enzymes, which in turn increase urine production, relaxes your digestive muscles and improves circulation – three crucial components of good digestive health. It has also been shown to help reduce symptoms of common gut health concerns such as leaky gut syndrome, colitis, Crohn’s and IBS.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
Research shows that frankincense can help reduce inflammation in health issues such as arthritis, asthma, IBS and more. This is thanks to its ability to stop the production of key inflammatory molecules. Frankincense essential oil has also been shown to greatly reduce levels of unsafe inflammation, making it a great natural and alternative treatment for pain-related conditions that inflame the muscles, joint or tendons in the body.
Aids in Sleep
Perhaps one of frankincense’s most well-known and used benefits is its ability to reduce anxiety and stress. This essential oil has a truly calming scent, which can help those who have trouble falling asleep. It is often used as a sleep aid as it helps open up breathing passages, while also helping your body achieve the right sleeping temperature, allowing you to fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
Helps Release Excess Water from the Body
Frankincense oil is a fantastic and natural way to release excess water from the body by stimulating urine product. Increased urine production not only helps you lose extra water weight, but it also helps detox your body from fats, sodium, uric acid and various other toxins.
Reduces Respiratory Issues
Did you know that frankincense essential oil can help soothe a cough and eliminate phlegm in the respiratory tract and lungs? In fact, frankincense can also provide relief from bronchitis, as well as congestion in the nasal tract, larynx, pharynx and lungs. Furthermore, its anti-inflammatory and anti-depressant properties can also help relax the breathing passages, which can reduce the risk of having an asthma attack. So next time you have respiratory symptoms of nasty cold and flu, give frankincense oil a try.
As you can see, frankincense essential oil comes with a range of incredible health benefits. Why not ` and see for yourself?
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Dr Peter Succar heads up the Product Research Team at Healthy Being and is an enthusiastic Health & Fitness Lifestyle Coach. He's passionate about helping others obtain optimum health, advocating realistic and achievable changes in diets and lifestyles that promote the body’s natural immunity, its ability to self-heal and achieve overall mental and physical well-being.