Updated: Sep 11, 2018
The "King of Oils"
If you are familiar with the biblical story of the Three Wise Men, then you know that they gifted Jesus with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. An unfortunate truth is that I've known this story my whole life but realized I never learned in grade school what frankincense and myrrh were! I literally had no idea what they were or what they were used for until I became a doTerra Wellness Advocate in 2016. Certainly gold is valuable to us today, but isn't it crazy to think that frankincense and myrrh were comparable to that of gold in value during ancient times?
Did you know? Frankincense is made out of resin (sap) from the bark of trees (Boswellia). FYI - Myrrh also comes from a resin.
Frankincense was used by the ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, etc. in ceremony but also for its healing properties. It consists of mono- and diterpines, which have been shown to have anti-cancer, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial benefits in vitro (Greay and Hammer, 2011).
I love frankincense oil for its benefits related to skin health. There's something truly magical that frankincense does to it. One evening before I went to bed, I put a drop of frankincense oil to 1 dollop of non-scented, organic moisturizer and spread it across evenly on my face. I woke up the next morning with baby soft skin. I don't do this daily, however. Only as needed when my skin gets dull (i.e. once a week during the winter).
Because of the noticeable effectiveness frankincense oil had on rejuvenating my skin, I've used it to help reduce dryness. I was concerned that I would have to see a dermatologist, because I had a dry patch of super dry, borderline scaly skin on my upper arm that would not go away after a few applications of hydrating lotion. I mean, I was really rubbing in the lotion to the area until it was completely absorbed, but it wasn't doing anything. When I applied frankincense oil to the dry patch before I went to bed, the dryness was nearly gone the next morning. I applied the frankincense oil for one more night, and the dryness was totally gone. Amazing!
I've also used frankincense oil to support back pain. I had pulled muscles around my lower back from lifting, which was excruciating for the first couple of days after the incident. In addition to icing my back to bring down the inflammation I rubbed frankincense essential oil, and that seemed to help tremendously with relieving the pain.
The following are additional uses of Frankincense as listed in doTerra's The Essential Life book:
Cancer and Tumors
Seizures and Trauma
Alzheimer's disease, Dementia, and rain Injury
Wound Healing and Wrinkles
Scars and Stretch Marks
Sciatica and Back Pain
Immune System and Cellular Health
Congestion, Coughs, and Allergies
Mediation, Prayer, and Focus
Disclamer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.