The traditional medicine has used frankincense oil in the treatments of various ailments for millennia. It has been known since Biblical times due to its antiseptic, anti-cancer, expectorant, and anti-neurotic properties.
It contains boswellic acids which give it potent anti-inflammatory properties and make it beneficial in the case of almost every sickness or disease.
This oil can boost the health in numerous different ways, and we present the 5 most important ones:
1. Relieves Arthritic Pain
This oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties which inhibit the production of the main inflammatory molecules related to conditions such as arthritis, and it can also help to protect from a breakdown of cartilage tissue.
The initial two pillars of Ayurveda (the 5- millennia old healing system of ancient India) depict the anti-arthritic activity of frankincense extracts.
While non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) lead to side effects such as accelerated joint damage, a raised risk of heart failure and gastrointestinal damage, experts have found that the boswellic acids in frankincense can provide the same effects but not cause any adverse effects.
To soothe the symptoms of arthritis, apply 2-3 drops topically to the painful area of pain.
You can also add 10 drops to a warm bath and thus alleviate the pain in the joints and muscles. Note that you should dilute it with some other carrier oil in the case of sensitive skin.
2. Relieves Gastrointestinal Discomfort
This oil is amazing against constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, gas and stomach aches. It can also help in cases of ulcerative colitis.
The effects frankincense has are very similar to sulfasalazine. That is a chemical drug commonly used to treat irritable bowel disease. Frankincense can help you digest food better like it is a digestive enzyme. It is extremely efficient.
3. Supports the Respiratory System
In traditional medicine, frankincense oil uses and treats respiratory conditions such as coughs, bronchitis, and asthma though its use in steam inhalations, baths, and massages. In a study published in the European Journal of Medical Research, patients with chronic bronchial asthma were treated with 300 milligrams of frankincense three times daily for a six-week period.
70 percent of patients noticed an obvious improvement of physical symptoms of asthma, including difficulty breathing, hissing lung sound and the number of attacks. As a result, researchers concluded that frankincense played a definite role in the treatment of bronchial asthma.
4. Supports Oral Health
Frankincense oil is an excellent natural product for oral hygiene because it has potent antiseptic properties. For instance, you can prevent dental problems, such as bad breath, tooth decay, infections, and cavities if you add some frankincense oil to your regular toothpaste or rub a couple of drops into your gums.
According to studies, frankincense extract has amazing anti-inflammatory properties, so that it can be used to treat plaque-caused gingivitis, i.e., a common type of gum disease, resulting in swelling, irritation, and redness.
5. Lowers the Negative Effects of Chemo and Helps in Cancer Treatment
This oil could help destroy certain types of cancerous cells, like stomach, prostate, pancreatic, colon, brain and breast cancer. Furthermore, it has been also scientifically proven that frankincense oil can induce cell growth suppression, cell cycle arrest and cell death in cancerous cells.
What’s more important, the oil only destroyed cancerous cells without touching the healthy ones. In other words, frankincense oil could fight cancerous cells and lower the symptoms of this terrible disease by strengthening the immune system, reducing inflammation, and resulting in white blood cell proliferation.
A Word of Caution
Now that you know the benefits (these 5 are just the tip of the iceberg!) there are some things you should know before purchasing this oil. If you plan on using it internally, you must be 100% sure it is completely pure and organic.
That means no added preservatives or filters. Always make sure to purchase your essential oils from a trustworthy company or manufacturer. It’s preferable not to use frankincense on pregnant women, children or babies.
Furthermore, (and this doesn’t just refer to frankincense, but to all essential oils) there still needs to be plenty of research conducted on whether or not they cause contraindications with any medications you may be using at the time.
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