I think that everyone has heard of frankincense, it’s in the bible after all. But does anyone know just how valuable it is? Frankincense can strengthen hair and gums while also detoxing and purifying the liver and kidneys. It contains valuable terpenes and oils and is one of the more healing herbs in the lineup. Most frequently it’s used for aromatherapy but is also valuable when ingested using the right techniques.
Scientific Name: Boswellia carter [aka: olibanum]
Magickal Stats: Elementally fire, ruled by the Sun
Parts Used: root, essential oil
Improves Function Of:
- Strength of Gums, skin & Hair Roots
- Immune System
- Estrogen production & uterus
- Respiratory tract and lungs
Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:
- Bleeding wounds
- Acne, cuts, insect bites & boils
Assists Spiritually With:
- Connect with the Divine
- Opening to higher levels of being
- Protection & Sanctification
- Promote Success
How Does it Work?
There are tons of terpenes found in frankincense that give it it’s aroma as well as it’s healing properties. Pinene, linalool, alpha pinene, phelladrene, camphene and insensole are just some of these terps. Monoterpenes found in the oils of frankincense help to prevent toxins and detox the liver and kidney among other amazing astringent and antibacterial effects. Sesquiterpenes can stimulate many parts of the brain including the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands.
What Do I Do With It?
One of the more common uses of frankincense oil is to diffuse it for the aromatherapy. It can also be applied directly to skin or combined with a carrier oil and applied to skin. Anyone 7 and older can diffuse the oil in coconut oil or other oils and hold under tongue until dissolved. Also think of adding it to bathwater or place on cloth and inhale.