what are the benefits of frankincense

 

1) Skin care

 

The Arabian Journal of Dermatology and Venereology had a study about the effects of frankincense on skin. The researchers applied frankincense oil to mice for 14 days and found that it made the mouse’s skin soft, supple and more elastic. It also reduced the appearance of fine lines caused by aging.

 

2) Stress reduction

 

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology determined that frankincense has a mood-boosting effect. In the study, people were given a whiff of frankincense to relieve anxiety and stress levels after being exposed to public speaking and math tasks. The results showed a significant reduction in blood pressure and heart rate among those who took a whiff of frankincense.

 

3) Immune system boost

 

Frankincense has properties that fight bacterial, viral and fungal infections. The oil is also an excellent disinfectant- it can be used to clean wounds or sterilize surgical instruments. It can also eliminate molds in clothes, furniture and books. It inhibits the growth of some cancer cells including leukemia cells.

 

4) Anti-inflammatory agent

Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties so it can be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. The oil also reduces pain in the gums so it is perfect for dental care.

 

Ways you can use frankincense

 

1) As a substitute for toothpaste

 

Toothpaste can be substituted with frankincense oil. Apply frankincense oil directly to your toothbrush and brush as you normally do. If you are worried about the strong taste of the oil, mix it with coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. This will also make your breath smell better after brushing.

2) As an antiseptic agent

 

Frankincense benefits can be used for disinfecting surfaces in your home. You can either dip a cotton ball into the oil or spray it on the surface you want to clean. After 5 minutes, wipe off the area using a towel.

 

3) To heal cuts and burns

 

If you cut yourself while cooking, dip a sterile cotton swab into frankincense oil and dab the cut to disinfect and clean it. This is also perfect for healing mosquito bites, bee stings and spider bites.

 

4) As an insect repellent

 

Frankincense can be applied topically or diffused in the air to keep insects away. If you are worried about bugs while camping or traveling, apply frankincense oil to your skin or place a few drops of oil on a cloth and inhale the scent as it diffuses in the air.

5) To treat acne

 

Frankincense can be used to eliminate acne. It removes toxins from the body that can cause pimples and blackheads. Mix a few drops of this oil with water and dab it on your face. Leave it for a couple of minutes then rinse off.