If I’m completely honest with you, despite knowing there’s no such thing as a miracle pill…
I’m still always on a crusade to find one.
I think it’s a natural urge for all of us who really want amazing health, energy, and vitality to be on this quest for what I call ‘The Holy Grail of Health Products.’
For me, ‘The Holy Grail’ is a natural product that can solve many problems and does so equal to or better than the leading stand-alone product for that issue.
I’ve been constantly disappointed over the years.
That is until Frankincense Essential Oil recently saved me from the worst upper respiratory infection I’ve ever experienced!
I never get sick. My immune system is extremely balanced due to following the Solving Leaky Gut protocol. It’s like I’m surrounded by a protective force field. I never catch what’s “going around.”
Until I did.
And because I’m not used to being sick, my world crashed around me when it happened.
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I Thought I Was Dying
I tried every natural cold remedy out there. Nothing was working.
After 7 days of no sleep and seemingly getting worse, I started to consider taking antibiotics… something that I really didn’t want to do.
My fever got so high that I think I was hallucinating…
And all of a sudden it came to me… Frankincense.
Although I have been using essential oils for years, I had never used Frankincense or even known anything about it other than it was a gift for the Baby Jesus.
I’d tried everything else, so even though I didn’t know if it would do anything… I decided to give it a try.
It took all the energy I had but I knew I had a bottle and found it. I rubbed the oil on my chest and started diffusing it right next to me on the couch where I was lying.
And then it happened… relief!!!!
It cleared my nasal passages and opened up my bronchial tubes so I could breath. That was truly amazing. But what really gave me the most relief was the calm peacefulness it brought over me.
I finally slept… it was blissful!
Over the next few days, I kept diffusing Frankincense oil in close proximity to where I was and rubbing it on my chest and under my nose. Quickly, I was better and started researching this divine oil. I wanted to know everything about it because I had never experienced anything like it.
I didn’t know it at the time but I had stumbled on the ‘Holy Grail of Health Products.’
What Is Frankincense Essential Oil?
Frankincense Essential Oil is made by distilling the resin of the Boswellia tree.
The history of this divine oil is fascinating. It has been referenced in ancient texts, dating back more than 5000 years. And it’s the most referenced oil in the bible. It shows up repeatedly in the works of important ancient healers, like Pliny, Dioscorides and Avicenna. It’s been touted to be beneficial for everything from skin conditions to dental disease, to respiratory issues and digestive troubles.
We all know it was given to the Baby Jesus by the three wise men. And Cleopatra used it to make her trademark eyeliner. This sacred and therapeutic oil has been worth more than gold for much of human history.
Properties of Frankincense Essential Oil
- Stimulates the regeneration of cells
- Digestive aid
- Immune balancer
6 Reasons Frankincense Is ‘The Holy Grail of Health Products’
1) Frankincense Essential Oil for Better Health
Frankincense has been used in health care throughout the ages, due to it’s powerful phytochemicals.
One in particular is Boswellic Acid. Many studies have shown its ability to act like a Cox 2 inhibitor to reduce inflammation in the body without the unwanted side effect of damaging the gut lining. Boswellic Acid reduces inflammation by blocking the lethal enzyme 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) and decreases the activity of human leukocyte elastase (HLE).
This makes Frankincense essential oil a great candidate to add to any autoimmune protocol for conditions such as:
And this goes beyond Autoimmune conditions. Basically any disease ending in -itis – a suffix used to denote inflammation – can be helped with the use of Frankincense.
Frankincense also contains compounds called sesquiterpenes, which have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and deliver these powerful anti-inflammatory compounds to the brain. Thus, potentially protecting from diseases like Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis and reducing inflammation after brain trauma.
2) Frankincense Essential Oil for Beauty
Frankincense protects skin at the cellular level and therefore makes it an excellent candidate for all your beauty needs. It can improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and large pores, and fade scars and stretch marks.
And it’s astringent and antibacterial properties make it great at busting blemishes and stabilizing sebum.
For clear and radiant looking skin, add a few drops of Frankincense to your favorite facial moisturizer. Or make your own beauty elixir by adding a few drops straight to sweet almond oil if you have normal to dry skin, or jojoba oil if you have oily skin.
Emperor Nero used it to hide the tell-tale signs of nights of debauchery, by dabbing Frankincense around his eyes. The oil firms the skin and reduces puffiness making it an excellent addition to any eye cream.
3) Frankincense Essential Oil for Anxiety and Depression
One of the active compounds in Frankincense is Incensole Acetate, a neuro-active chemical that has a profound effect on emotions. It’s believed to be able to communicate with the limbic system to influence the nervous system and has been shown in animal studies to relieve anxiety and depression.
Many report that Frankincense has the ability to stabilize mood – grounding and relaxing yet invigorating and elevating at the same time.
If you find yourself moving into a fearful or negative space, or dealing with a bout of anxiety or depression, try placing 2 drops under your tongue upon waking. You can rub the oil on the bottoms of your feet to reduce nervous energy.
Frankincense can also be very sedating, if used right before bed. To drift effortlessly into a restful sleep, diffuse Frankincense in your bedroom at bedtime. It’s also great at nap time for young children (who would rather be playing then napping).
4) Frankincense Essential Oil for Spiritual Connection
Frankincense has been used throughout history in religious ceremonies and rituals because of it’s ability to increase intuition and spiritual connection. This is largely due to the psychoactive properties of Incensole Acetate found in Frankincense.
This compound has been shown to have anxiolytic, anti-depressive, and sedative effects, which calms and lifts the mood – putting one in a perfect state for meditation.
Frankincense has also been recognized as a powerful mindfulness trigger. It’s warm, sweet smell can remind you to break out of an autopilot state and come back into awareness. If you use this consistently during times of meditation, prayer, journaling, or yoga, the pathways in your brain will start to remember and associate the smell with a time to be introspective and open the doors to spiritual awareness.
To add a boost to any spiritual or meditative practice, place a drop of Frankincense essential oil on your Third Eye Chakra, located in the middle of the forehead, just above the eyebrows or at the base of your neck. You can also diffuse the oil in the area of your practice.
5) Frankincense Essential Oil for Aches and Pains
The anti-inflammatory properties of Frankincense have been shown to decrease joint pain, muscle soreness, and arthritis.
A study was done showing that an extract of this natural painkiller reduced the pain of osteoarthritis patients, after just 7 days of treatment.
To soothe sore muscles or body pains, if you have a chronic condition, or after strenuous workouts, athletic events, or just a long day, massage the essential oil directly into sore muscles and joints. Just add a few drops of Frankincense to a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil or shea butter, and rub where needed.
Or go for my favorite pain-busting ritual… an Epsom Salt Bath with Frankincense Essential Oil. Epsom salt baths alone are amazing to soothe sore muscles and relax the body, but adding Frankincense oil takes it up a whole ‘nother notch!
6) Frankincense Essential Oil for Cancer
Frankincense is creating quite a buzz in the area of cancer research. And we might just find out it’s truly ‘The Holy Grail of Health Products.’
Scientist and healers have turned the world upside down looking for a cure for cancer. And while breaking down cancer research is outside the scope of this post, if this is a crusade you are on, I highly encourage you to check out the research being done on Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA) – a compound found only in Frankincense.
Not All Essential Oils Are Created Equal
Are you ready to join me in the Frankincense fan club? Run out to your local health store? Buy them out?
Well, hold your horses… we need to talk about quality first.
Not all essential oils are created equal and some can be downright dangerous for you!
In the United States, we don’t do a great job of regulating essential oils…
So the responsibility is yours to know what you’re buying and who you’re buying from.
You want to look for third-party tested, therapeutic grade, 100% pure essential oils, not synthetic or diluted. Synthetic oils might smell good but they contain no phytochemicals and are not natural or beneficial to the body.
I’ve looked long and hard to find what I think is the BEST essential oil company on the planet and I’ve granted that distinction to Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO).
Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) was created by a bunch of health nerds… just like me!!! They are formulating expertly crafted blends and the purest single essential oils available on the market.
They’re on a mission to develop essential oils that are pure and safe for the entire family to use. And they’re doing a darn good job!
I also chose them as my go to essential oil source because their commitment to quality is unmatched by any other essential oil company in the market with their S.A.A.F.E. Promise™ and 100% Guaranteed Satisfaction of Quality.
They also do third-party GC/MS testing. This is to ensure their oils don’t contain any diluents, contaminants or adulterants, so you can be confident in the quality of your purchase.
Varieties of Frankincense Essential Oil
There are several different varieties of Frankincense essential oil and I’ve tried them all. What makes them different is the levels of active phytochemicals they contain. They all smell great, but if you’re looking to use Frankincense therapeutically, you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing a variety high in the phytochemicals we’ve spoken about.
My choice is Sacred Frankincense.
Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia Sacra) can only be sourced from Oman, a country by Saudi Arabia. The boswellia trees in this area yield a higher quality of resin, and when extracted produces a better oil.
Boswellia serrata and Boswellia carterii are the other varieties I like, but only for skin care. I don’t see the same immune and emotional balancing qualities I’ve experienced with Sacred Frankincense.
Since Sacred Frankincense is the highest quality variety of Frankincense on the market, you will notice that it is slightly more expensive than other varieties. But remember, you get what you pay for and you’ll need a whole bottle of other varieties to get the same powerful punch you get from a few drops of Sacred Frankincense.
This Wise Man’s cure-all has been touted through history for it’s medicinal, spiritual, and cosmetic properties. And 100s of scientific studies validate what so many ancient healers knew as reality – that Frankincense is truly ‘The Holy Grail of Health Products.’
Today, we use Frankincense for more than just our first aid, beautifying, and religious needs. We are seeing it used quite successfully for more complex issues, like chronic inflammatory conditions, autoimmune diseases, major stress and anxiety reduction, and it’s even becoming a rising star in cancer research.
In ancient times, stories were told to the masses that Frankincense trees only grew in the most dangerous deserts and were guarded by dragons who would annihilate them if they sought to collect the precious resins on their own.
Fortunately, today we don’t have to go out and slay any dragons for this sacred oil. There are amazing companies, like Rocky Mountain Oils, crossing the deserts and crafting some of the most therapeutic varieties of Frankincense essential oils for us.
So… if all else fails, rub some Frankincense on it!
Do you have experience using it? Tell me in the comments below.