Oil spotlight: Sacred Frankincense

Sacred Frankincense essential oil

Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) essential oil is a variety of Frankincense that is believed to be obtained from the resin variety brought to the Christ Child on his birth. Because of this, Sacred Frankincense carries huge historical and spiritual significance! It can be used similarly to Frankincense essential oil, and has a slightly deeper, grounding, woodsy aroma that enhances meditation and spiritual practices when used aromatically.

Frankincense has gained notoriety for supporting the immune system, maintaining youthful and vibrant skin, and enhancing prayer and meditation. Frankincense has long been known for its incredible grounding and healing properties and carries huge historical and spiritual significance.

SACRED FRANKINCENSE AT A GLANCE

  • Frankincense has been used in religious rituals for over 3,000 years. It has been known to enhance immunological function, beautify skin, and increase spiritual awareness.
  • Has a grounding, woodsy aroma
  • Promotes feelings of relaxation and tranquility when diffused or inhaled
  • Can be used as part of your prayer, meditation, or yoga sessions to enhance your practice
  • Promotes the appearance of healthy-looking skin and reduces the appearance of uneven skin tone when applied topically
  • There are over 50 Biblical references to Frankincense resin

BACKGROUND

Regarded as one of the rarest, most sought-after aromatics in existence, the resin used to obtain Young Living’s Sacred Frankincense is the first Omani frankincense to be available to those outside of the Saudi royal family. Sacred frankincense (Boswellia sacra) is believed to be the frankincense documented during ancient times. Historically, it is believed that this beautiful, white hojari resin produced the frankincense that was taken to the Christ Child.

CONSTITUENTS

Frankincense is very grounding and can be inhaled to calm the mind and bring a sense of focus and well being. The composition of Frankincense oil is especially high in “monoterpenes” which are components that help to rewrite information in the DNA of the cells that is harmful to the body (signals inducing stress, fight or flight, cellular issues, cellular memories related to trauma, injury, etc.).

This gives us insight into why it has been revered as incense for times of prayer and spiritual practice, since prayer and communion with God is a time for rewriting of the lies and stressors that have invaded our bodies and spirits, drawing us away from His perfect presence.

So much of our health stems from emotional and spiritual roots. When we take the time to address stress and chaos of the mind and spirit, there are always physical benefits to come. This is undoubtedly why Frankincense is infamous for its overall benefits to the immune system and regulating cellular activity.

If you have not yet tried incorporating Frankincense with prayer and a practice of stillness, this is an excellent way to dive into the mental, emotional, and spiritual uses of essential oils firsthand!

KEY CONSTITUENTS

Constituents are naturally occurring compounds in plants (and therefore essential oils) that give them sprecic health-supporting properties

  • Alpha-pinene: a powerful antioxidant, some studies have shown alpha-pinene to support the body through inflammation and to help calm the mind
  • Limonene: known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-stress support, this is a powerful constituent with many health benefits

FRANKINCENSE & EMOTIONS

info adapted from Eryn Jones Frankincense is helpful for releasing feelings of anger, entanglement, and abandonment. This sentiment in feeling form can mean you feel so dependent on or entangled with someone else’s opinion or thoughts about you that anything they do makes you angry and triggered. In Releasing Emotional Patterns with Essential Oils, Dr. Mein says that the alarm point for this is the “ego- point”, which is the center of your chest. If a particular relationship is extra hard, the way out of it is to Surrender and Detach, standing in your own power and security. Frankincense can help you get there!

Here’s how to use it for releasing stuck emotions related to this:

  • Rub Frankincense over the center of the chest whenever you feel that deep, angry feeling, or when your chest hurts from emotional struggles.
  • Say statements like: “I am grounded.” or “I stand in my power.”
  • Inhale Frankincense until you feel something shift and that burden in your chest gets lighter!

DAILY HABITS WITH FRANKINCENSE

  • Diffuse Sacred Frankincense with Myrrh and Cedarwood to create a meditative environment.
  • Add Sacred Frankincense to your DIY Glow Serum or favorite moisturizer for antioxidant and anti-aging support!
    • DIY Glow Up Serum (4oz dropper bottle)
      • 15 drops each Sacred Frankincense, Myrrh, Blue Tansy
      • Optional: 3 droppersful CBD Beauty Boost, 15 drops Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood
      • Fill with carrier of choice
  • Apply a drop of Sacred Frankincense to the crown of the head, wrists or ear lobes, before meditation, prayer or yoga.
  • Use on the bottoms of feet to support a healthy immune system and/or add Frankincense to your wellness roller for immune and antioxidant support!
    • DIY Wellness Roller (10mL):
      • 15 drops each: Thieves, Lemon, Sacred Frankincense, Oregano, RC or Raven. Fill with carrier oil.
      • Apply over lymph nodes, along the spine and/or on the bottom of the feet daily.
  • Place a drop in palms and inhale deeply for calming and grounding effects – this is great before meditation, prayer or yoga.
  • Massage face with one drop before applying ART moisturizer or mix with CBD Beauty Boost for a wonderful, antioxidant rich facial serum

DIFFUSE:

Diffusing is a wonderful health habit! Our diffusers are running 24/7 with blends that are supportive of individual needs or systems. Try some of these great combinations and enjoy the grounding scent of Frankincense!

  • Relax & Release: Lavender, Sacred Frankincense, Northern Lights Black Spruce
  • Campfire Calm: Vetiver, Grounding, Sacred Frankincense
  • Three Wise Men: Sacred Frankincense, Ylang ylang, Bergamot
  • Morning Meditation: Sacred Frankincense, Joy

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