When one of the famous “Three Kings” sang of frankincense’s divinity, he sure knew what he was talking about.
Indeed, frankincense has been utilized to treat a wide array of illnesses for literally thousands of years. Have anxiety, inflammation, a cough, or antibacterial needs? Frankincense will serve you well in all of these situations. In fact, there are even cancer preventing properties associated with it.
Another one of frankincense’s lesser-known qualities is its ability to relieve digestive problems, and if you eat out frequently, you’re probably no stranger to periodic gas, constipation, or stomach pains in general. If this sounds familiar, it should be pleasant to learn that a study in the European Journal of Medical Research concludes that 350 mg of frankincense oil (taken three times per day for six weeks) induces remission of ulcerative colitis in three out of four people.
As mentioned, this oil can be used to treat coughs, but it can also help cure other respiratory problems such as asthma and laboured breathing. Again, research legitimizes these treatments—for bronchial asthma in particular. Moreover, boswellic acids in frankincense have been proven to work just as well as NSAIDS (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs); however, frankincense does not cause any serious side effects like joint damage, heart failure, or gastrointestinal damage.
When you consider that a few drops of oil can provide relief from arthritis, and a few more drops in bathwater can relieve more general joint or muscle pain, it is difficult to think of a reason not to give frankincense a try. And again, as alluded to, this oil can be added to toothpaste or rubbed onto gums in order to enhance oral hygiene and prevent issues such as bad breath, infections, or event cavities: further studies have demonstrated that frankincense helps fight gingivitis.
Most people are (rightly) skeptical when they read of natural treatments that aid in fighting cancer or chemotherapy side effects, but frankincense has the research to back itself up: the oil activates genes that control cancer cell growth, suppression, and death. What’s more, studies also show the oil fights cancerous cells without harming healthy DNA, all while boosting white blood cells and the human immune system in general.
So, what are the “catches?” Do purchase 100% pure, organic frankincense oils for internal use from a reputable company, and do not use internally without first consulting a licensed aromatherapist. But a little due diligence is worth it for a lot of health and happiness, isn’t it?
*This content was inspired by an amazing article that can be found here.