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Frankincense Tears
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Frankincense or Olibanum tree, scientific name is Boswellia Carteri. Frankincense has been a popular ingredient of cosmetics and incense burners since ages. Its instances have been found in the remains of ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon civilizations. It is also associated with religious activities and promotes Meditation.

Apart from being used as a cosmetic and as a fragrance, it has numerous medicinal uses:
Anti-Septic & Disinfectant: Frankincense Oil is good as an Anti-Septic. Even the fume or smoke obtained on its burning has Anti-Septic and Disinfectant qualities and eliminates the germs in the whole place affected with fume. It can be applied on Wounds without any harm or side effect to protect them from Tetanus and being Septic. It is equally good on internal Wounds and protects them from Infections.

Astringent: The Astringent property of Frankincense Oil has many benefits. It strengthens Gums, Hair roots, revitalizes and lifts Skin, contracts Muscles, Intestines and Blood vessels, thereby giving protection from untimely fall of tooth and Hair, Wrinkles, loss of firmness of Intestines and Muscles of abdominal area and limbs associated with age and above all, helps stop flow of blood from Wounds and cuts. This Astringent property also helps cure Diarrhea of certain types.

Carminative: Frankincense drives away gas and also prevents its formation. This removal of gases from Intestines also gives relief from associated problems such as Stomach ache, Pain in the abdominal region and Chest, abnormal sweating, uneasiness, inDigestion and many such.

Cicatrisant: This is an interesting property of Frankincense Oil. It makes the Scars and after marks of Boils, Acne and Pox etc. on the Skin to fade away. This includes fading of Stretch marks and surgery marks, fat cracks etc. associated with Pregnancy and child birth.

Cytophylactic: Being a Cytophylactic, Frankincense Oil promotes Regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy.

Digestive: Suffering from inDigestion due to that turkey last night? A patient of chronic inDigestion and Acidity? Fed up of those antAcids? Then you are the right person to try Frankincense. I am sure you will benefit. It has Digestive properties without any side effects. It facilitates Digestion the way a medicine should, not like the common antAcids which only suppress the symptoms. Frankincense speeds up secretion of Digestive juices (gastric juices, bile and Acids) in the Stomach and facilitates movement of food stuff in the Intestines by stimulating peristaltic motion, thereby aiding all round Digestion of food. Its other properties, like being a Carminative also helps in Digestion.

Diuretic: It promotes urination and helps you lose some extra water, fats, sodium, Uric Acid and some other Toxins from the body, with the added advantage of lowering Blood Pressure.

Emmenagogue: Opens up obstructed and delayed menstruation and delays Menopause. It also helps curing other symptoms ssociated with menses and Post Menstrual Syndrome, such as Pain in the abdominal region, Nausea, Headache, fatigue etc.

Expectorant: Drives away Cough and phlegm deposited in the Respiratory tracts and Lungs. Also gives relief in Bronchitis and Congestion of nasal tract, larynx and pharynx, bronchi and Lungs. It also gives relief from body Pain, Headache, toothache and rise in body temperature associated with cold.

Sedative: Frankincense is very effective as a Sedative. It induces a feeling of mental peace, Relaxation, satisfaction and spirituality. It also awakens insight, makes you introvert and ends Anxiety, anger and Stress.

Tonic: Frankincense revitalizes and boosts health and therefore is a Tonic. It revitalizes all the systems operating in the body, including Respiratory system, Digestive system, Nervous system and excretory system and also gives strength by aiding absorption of nutrients in the body. It strengthens Immune system too and keeps you strong and safe for long.

Uterine: Frankincense is very good for Uterine health. Since it regulates production of Estrogen Hormone, it reduces the chances of post-Menopause Tumor or Cyst formation in the uterus, also known as Uterine Cancer. In pre-Menopause period too, it keeps uterus healthy by maintaining proper Menstrual cycles.

Vulnerary: Just apply a diluted solution of this oil on Wounds, or use it blended with a Skin cream, and get your Wounds heal faster and protected from Infections. Frankincense is equally beneficial in healing internal Wounds, cuts and Ulcers.

Other Benefits: It keeps Skin healthy and young, relieves Pain associated with Rheumatism, Arthritis etc. It helps heal Boils, rotten Wounds, Acne, circulatory problems, Insomnia and Inflammation.

Few Words of Caution: No known adverse side effects at all. Still, should not be used during Pregnancy, being an Emmenagogue and Astringent.

Frainkincense is also beneficial for various Skin conditions. It is mild enough to be applied without dilution, in most instances. It can be used for Dermatitis, Acne and other Skin conditions, as well as to reduce Wrinkles or Scarring from cuts and Wounds. The most practical way to use frankincense for Skin Care applications is to dilute it down to 1% - 2% in a carrier oil or ointment before using.

Frankincense is also a powerful Immune enhancer. It is great for use during the cold and flu season; but then, your Immune system is constantly challenged in today's world, and boosting your Immune system is a great idea any time. The chemical constituents in frankincense support the healthy production of white blood cells.

Studies have shown that the boswellic Acids in frankincense have an Anti-inflammatory action, much like the conventional non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used for many inflammatory conditions today.

Recent studies also suggest that boswellic Acids exert significant Anticarcinogen, Antimicrobial and Immune-boosting effects. Clinical studies using frankincense have shown its benefits for both Osteoporosis and rheumatoid Arthritis. Its Anti-inflammatory properties have also been shown to make frankincense a safe and effective treatment for Asthma, inflammatory Bowel diseases, such as Colitis, Crohn's disease and ileitis. French medicinal uses of frankincense include Asthma, Depression and Ulcers. Its Anti-inflammatory properties make it perfect for Bronchial restrictions with Asthma and Bronchitis. Several properties of the oil make it beneficial for inDigestion and Ulcers.

This oil may help with Mature Skin. Just add one drop to your morning facial cream. Frankincense, when diffused, can be beneficial with Bronchitis, Headaches and Pneumonia. Frankincense may also help one have a better attitude, which may help to strengthen the Immune system. Modern uses include Muscle Relaxation, Immune stimulation, uplifting to mood and heightens awareness, Anxiety relief, Antidepressant and is generally supportive of body systems. Frankincense can be used topically, internally, and diffused into the environment.

Frankincense is a holy oil in the Middle East, and has been part of religious ceremonies for thousands of years. In 3000 B.C., frankincense was valued more than gold. It was sometimes referred to as 'liquid gold'. Even today, the rarity of frankincense makes it one of the most expensive essential oils.

Studying The Anti-Cancerous Action of Frankincense - December 1st, 2010 Dr. H.K. Lin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. He has been studying the anti-Cancerous action of Frankincense oil (Boswellia carterii) against Bladder Cancer. He also studied Sandalwood, Balsam fir, Palo Santo and Tsuga oil, which were chosen for their anti-Cancer activity alongside of Frankincense.

However, it was shown that Frankincense is the only one of these 5 oils that can distinguish Cancer cells from normal cells and specifically kill Cancer cells. Dr. Lin showed us a slide of human Bladder Cancer cells, and in the presence of Frankincense oil they reverted to normal healthy cells. A study in 2003 on human genome sequencing has since shown that the gene got activated by frankincense oil in the cell..and in fact, Frankincense activates very specific genes (so its action is very specific). For the first time, we've identified a gene that regulates the cell, and its pathway is activated by Frankincense oil.

The present findings seem to indicate that topical application of BAs may represent a suitable treatment option for selected features of Skin photoaging.

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Melissa infused Jojoba Oil - Melissa (Lemon Balm) relaxes Muscles.Recent evidence suggest that it has a Sedative action on the Nervous system. Jojoba Oil resembles the sebum the body naturally produces to keep the Skin moist. It contains vitamins E and B.

Frankincense Oil - helps in relieving Stress and Anxiety, reducing Pain and Inflammation.

Neroli Oil - is very relaxing and can relieve chronic Anxiety, Depression, fear, shock and Stress.

Lavender Oil - slows the activity of the Nervous system, improves Sleep and improves Relaxation.

Shea Butter - Raw shea butter contains vitamins A and E, which are well-known for their beneficial properties that promote healthy Skin and reduce the signs of aging. It is also a rich source of fatty Acids which are essential in nourishing the Skin as well as reducing Inflammation.

Vitamin E - regulates vitamin A which is important for healthy Skin. It is a powerful Antioxidant which reduces or prevents sun damage.

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Helichrysum infused Jojoba Oil - Helichrysum is an antioxident and Anti-Aging agent. It exerts a regenerative action on Skin cells. Jojoba Oil resembles the sebum the body naturally produces to keep the Skin moist. It contains vitamins E and B.

Frankincense Oil - promotes Regeneration of healthy cells and keeps existing cells healthy.

Carrot Seed Oil - revitalizes, tones, and is considered one of the best oils for Mature Skin. It helps to remove Toxins and water buildup for fresher, firmer appearance.

Lavender Oil - inhibits Bacteria that causes Infection. And re-balances the over secretion of sebum and reduces Scarring.

Lemon Oil - an Astringent, detoxant, and antiSeptic. Is good for treating various Skin disorders.

Shea Butter - the perfect Moisturizer, especially if you need deep moisturizing. You can rub some shea butter onto dry and cracked heels and hands. This also provides a protective layer to the Skin and prevents the affected areas from becoming inflamed.

Vitamin E - regulates vitamin A which is important for healthy Skin. It is a powerful Antioxidant which reduces or prevents sun damage.
Frankincense Aromatherapy Benefits

Aromatherapy for Dummies: Frankincense essential oil benefits the Skin, especially aging and Mature Skin, and the oil may help get rid of Acne and Skin Inflammation. This essential oil helps reduce Pain and supports the Immune system, while also relaxing the brain.

In addition to the previous benefits, Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art states that frankincense is "one of the best oils to heal deep-seated Wounds of the soul that may manifest in physical illness."

The Heart of Aromatherapy: Frankincense is one of the best essential oils for the Skin, both for daily Skin care and helping heal Skin damage and irritations. The oil can also help clear mucous and Congestion, support healthy breathing, relieve Headaches, and promote relaxing and uplifting feelings. It's great for contemplation and Meditation.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy: Uses of frankincense oil include Coughs, Colds, Skin care, Scars, mental fatigue, Depression, Nervousness, tension, Stress, and inability to communicate.

The Encyclopedia of Essential Oils (updated edition): Use frankincense for Skin care, to reduce Coughs and Catarrh, to relieve Menstrual Pain, for Colds and flu, and to lessen Anxiety, Nervous tension, and Stress-related conditions.

Aromatherapy For Healing the Spirit: Traditional Chinese Medicine believes frankincense smooths the flow of stagnant Qi-energy when accumulated Stress has led to irritability, restlessness, and Insomnia. The essential oil can help relieve mental agitation, worry, and distraction. "Frankincense contains the power to focus our spiritual consciousness and imbue a potential for transcendent awareness."

Subtle Aromatherapy: Frankincense is associated with the highest spiritual aspirations. The oil helps break ties with the past, especially those that block personal growth.

The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy and Vibrational Healing: Spiritually, frankincense is the ultimate oil for Meditation. This essential oil aligns you with inner peace, compassion, tolerance, and love. Mentally, the oil clears your mind of incessant chatter.

Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques: Frankincense grounds, calms and comforts, stabilizes emotions, and expands the subtle bodies. Especially useful for the seventh Chakra.
Frankincense Essential Oil Uses

Diffuse the essential oil while praying, meditating, or reading to increase spiritual awareness. Diffusion may also help relieve Congestion and deepen breathing, reduce mental strain, and promote internal peace.

You can also diffuse a frankincense and myrrh blend:

5 drops frankincense essential oil
5 drops myrrh essential oil

If you want to lighten the scent, add a few drops of cedarwood and/or orange essential oil.

Diffuser Blend For Massage and Yoga

15 drops frankincense
10 drops juniper essential oil
20 drops elemi essential oil
15 drops bergamot essential oil

Make the blend in a 5-ml stock bottle. Use 5 to 10 drops in your Aroma Diffuser.
Source: Aromahead
Skin Care

Frankincense oil is especially good for dry and Mature Skin and may reduce the appearance of age spots on the Skin. The essential oil is commonly used in high-end Skin-care products.

Soap-Free Face Wash For Irritated Skin

2 tablespoons argan oil
2 tablespoons aloe vera gel
1 drop neroli essential oil
1 drop frankincense

Pour the argan oil and aloe vera gel into a 2-ounce glass bottle. Add the essential oils. Shake gently before each use.

Source: The Heart of Aromatherapy
Pain Relief

To relieve Stress, dilute several drops of frankincense in a few drops of carrier oil and massage it on your temples or back of the neck.

Frankincense Headache Oil

2 tablespoons jojoba oil or other carrier oil
9 drops frankincense
5 drops rosemary essential oil
3 drops Roman chamomile essential oil

Blend oils in a small dark bottle. When you have a Headache, massage a little of the blend on your neck and shoulders.
Source: Aromahead
Frankincense and Myrrh Lotion

Here's a lotion for overall body Skin care:

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup beeswax
1/4 cup shea butter
2 tablespoons vitamin E
20 drops frankincense essential oil
20 drops myrrh essential oil
BPA-free plastic lotion dispenser bottles

Put olive oil, coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in glass bowl.
Place that bowl in saucepan with about one-inch of water.
Heat stove to medium and stir ingredients until melted.
Remove from heat. Put bowl in refrigerator for about an hour until mixture is solid.
Remove mixture from refrigerator.
Use either an electric mixer or hand mixer to beat the mixture until it's whipped and fluffy.
Mix in vitamin E and essential oils.
Fill bottles and store in cool place.