Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri) is one of my favourite oils. My Aromatherapist friends will laugh if I mention the oil as I probably use it more than most. Traditionally used as incense, it was also used historically to embalm the dead and was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. No wonder it is known for use in skin preparations!
It is one of those love it or hate it smells, as it will remind you of old churches when you smell it, but it does blend well with lavender (lavendula angustifolia), lemon (citrus limon) or pine (pinus sylvestris) which will help lift it. I personally love it in a blend with geranium (pelargonium graveolens) and clary sage (salvia sclarea) for a completely uplifting blend that raises the spirits and gives you an emotional hug.
So why do I use it so much?
- It’s effect on the nervous system is calming and soothing, so is a great oil for someone that is in a depressive state. I have used it in massage blends and creams to help clients that deal with depression.
- It helps with coughs and colds as it’s anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant properties treat mucous conditions, whilst helping the slow down breathing and ease the shortness of breath.
- If you burn frankincense in a sickroom, it will help to prevent the spread of infections as it is anti -infectious and antiseptic.
- It helps the body to defend itself which is why it’s so useful in skin preparations. It also encourages wounds to heal by helping scar tissue form quickly.
I have known the oil to make people cry (yes, me included!). This is because it is such a good oil for releasing pent up emotions. Sometimes emotions build up in us and we don’t even realise it, so the oil helps us to release this and it may well be by having a good cry!
Always consult a qualified Aromatherapist before using essential oils.