July 28, 2016

Frankincense Oil

Articles by Dr. Erdman are for informational purposes, and are not to be taken as specific medical advice.

This week we will take a look at a very worthwhile essential oil, frankincense. It is derived from the Boswellia genus of trees. It starts as a milky white sap extracted from the bark. The sap hardens into a resin after a few days. This raw resin is then steam distilled to produce the essential oil.

Frankincense oil is used for many health improvements. Inhaling the vapors has a sedating effect that induces relaxation and decreases stress. This oil promotes healthy skin, treats dry skin, and reduces stretch marks and scars when topically applied. It can help stop wounds from bleeding, speed up healing of cuts, acne, insect bites, and more. I’ve even read it can get rid of ganglion cysts. One can also take the oil internally.

“The health benefits of frankincense oil are attributed mostly to its anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, disinfectant, digestive, diuretic, and expectorant properties. It benefits all the systems operating in the body, including digestive, respiratory, nervous, and excretory systems. It also aids the absorption of nutrients and strengthens the immune system”, says Dr. Mercola.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of the conditions for which this oil seems to work very well. It acts as a natural pain killer. It can be rubbed directly over aching joints as well as taken internally.

Chest and head colds can be relieved when inhaling the vapors of frankincense oil. You can also apply it topically over the lungs and sinus cavities in the head. It helps break up phlegm and opens sinuses.

It can be used for oral health to prevent bad breath, cavities, cold sores, and treat sore throats.  Simply put a drop or two in water and use as a mouthwash.

Frankincense is being studied as a potential cancer fighter. It has been observed that it stops cancer cells from spreading.

Using frankincense oil is very safe. For topical use, spot test a small area of skin for sensitivity first. For internal use, test it by putting a drop in a teaspoon of coconut oil, honey, or just purified water.

Frankincense oil is just one more natural product to add to your arsenal of home remedies. No one thing works for all people, so if you have any of these conditions there’s no harm in trying a natural product to help you feel better and get well.