10 Things I bet you didn’t know about Frankincense…

You might recognize the name because of it was mentioned in the Bible as one of the gifts from the 3 wise men in the story of the birth of Jesus.

Frankincense oil is extracted from the Boswellia tree. The tree is common in Somalia and other very dry climates. This type of oil has been used for thousands of years for healing and therapy. The natural antioxidant properties in this oil make it a top choice for natural remedies.

Boost your immune system – Frankincense has antiseptic properties. Organic Facts reports that the scent and smoke from the oil can have disinfectant effects. May I suggest adding a few drops of the oil to the palm of your hand and rub together, then inhaling it for a few breaths to ease cold symptoms.

Protect your mouth – Mix a bit of Frankincense oil with baking soda for an all-natural toothpaste. The antiseptic properties help prevent cavities and bad breath. These same properties protect against mouth sores, toothaches, and infections, according to Organic Facts.

Menopause relief – Try this oil to help reduce symptoms of menopause like nausea, headache, fatigue, mood swings and pain in the abdomen.

Clean your home – Freshen the air in your home naturally, by adding a bit of Frankincense oil in a diffuser to help deodorize your house.

Relieve stress – Put a few of drops of oil to your bath and let your stress melt away. The scent of the oil encourages relaxation.

Ease Anxiety – Frankincense works as a sedative because the smell can encourage relaxation. Add Frankincense oil to a diffuser when you’re feeling particularly anxious to calm your nerves.

Fight aging – Get some skin care benefits by applying the oil on your skin. Mix a few drops of the Frankincense with unscented oil (like coconut) and apply to your skin.(Remember to try a small area first to ensure you don’t have any negative reactions.)

Ease Tummy Troubles – Mix one or two drops of Frankincense Vitality with a glass of water and a bit of honey. Drink the entire glass to help cure tummy aches and digestive issues.

Reduce the appearance of scarring – Add Frankincense to a base oil (like coconut) or your favorite lotion, and apply directly to the skin. The oil helps reduce the appearance of scars, acne and stretch marks.

Reduce swelling in the joints – Frankincense has anti-inflammatory properties that make it a simple way to ease pain and swelling. Massage the oil onto sore joints. Alternatively, add some oil to hot water and soak a towel in the oil-infused water. Then apply the towel to your sore muscles or joints.

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