~ Benefits and Uses of Frankincense Oil ~
The use of frankincense oil dates back to Biblical times. It was said to be one of the gifts of the Magi to the baby Jesus. Although the frankincense of that time was a different product than we use today, the original source was the same.
Frankincense is a product of the Boswellia trees that grow in certain regions of Africa and Arabia. Today, the resin is steam-distilled to produce an aromatic essential oil with many benefits. It has an earthy, spicy aroma which is calming and relaxing.
This essential oil is often used to overcome stress and despair. It has also been used for skin health and to speed healing of cuts and insect bites. See other natural pain relief articles here.
Many of the benefits of the oil are a result of the anti-inflammatory properties it is noted for. It is also considered an antiseptic and disinfectant. It has even been used as a digestive aid.
Frankincense Arthritis Treatment
Frankincense for arthritis has been used, specifically, in the treatment and pain relief of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Its expanded use has covered digestive disorders and uterine health. (Currently, Frankincense is also being studied as a shutdown for cancer cells.) Research done by the scientists at the Cardiff University found that frankincense oil (Boswellia frereana extracts) has the ability to inhibit production of key inflammatory molecules, thus helping the prevention in the breakdown of cartilage tissue which causes the pain in arthritis.
However, the Indian Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) is showing amazing results as an anti-inflammatory from ayurvedic (Indian) medicine. It is proving effective for many people in reducing pain and inflammation with suffers of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout and carpal tunnel syndrome.
The oil can be applied topically to the arthritic area diluted with a little olive oil, or One drop of Frankincense Boswellia Serrata oil can be added to a bottle of water to sip throughout the day. Some place a drop on the back of their neck.
Boswellia appears to be becoming a new anti-inflammatory from an ancient tradition.
Frankincense for Arthritis – What Studies Have Shown
from the Daily Mail:
Because you want to be sure the product you buy will offer the full benefits you are looking for, it is important that you choose a Frankincense oil that is 100% pure. You do not want to buy a fragrance oil that may contain chemicals, and not provide the necessary health giving ingredients. Organic oils are always the best where applicable
The benefits are derived by a topical application or by inhalation, using a diffuser or vaporizer.
Although the use of the oil is considered safe, as always, it is a good idea to use a spot test before applying a larger amount. As with anything applied to the skin, the possibility of allergy is always present.
Also read about the study done on arthritis sufferers here.