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Essential Oils are so much more than tantalizing fragrances and have deeper impacts than the commonly associated uses. In these posts, we will dive into the benefits on the physical body, the support on our mental and emotional states, as well as the profound connection they have with our energetic bodies.
When referring to the energetics of oils, I am using information that has been graciously shared by a beautiful soul-sister, Patricia West. She is a medicine woman, massage therapist, breathwork coach, and works heavily with the energetics of essential oils. She has been such a gem in my life and I am so grateful the Universe brought us together, even if our friendship has just been via the interweb, so far.
If you would like to give her a follow on the Instagram, she can be found @patriciawestrmt she produces beautiful content and is just an inspirational force.
Where Does Frankincense Come From?
Frankincense actually is a resin from trees in the Boswellia family. Particularly from four species of Boswellia trees, Boswellia carterii, Boswellia sacra, Boswellia papyrifera, and Boswellia frereana.
Boswellia trees are native to Oman and Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula and Somalia in northeastern Africa.
Due to the fact that collecting this oil is from a live tree, it is important that your purchase oils from companies that ethically source. Due to overharvesting while not replanting, fire damage and cattle destroying trees, this incredibly powerful oil is at risk of becoming scarce to rare.
doTERRA goes above and beyond the standard of replenishment, by actually working with local governments in certain countries in Africa to to help encourage the implementation of laws, regulations, export licenses, and enhanced monitoring in order to help protect Boswellia trees.
You can read more about their efforts here: The Future of Frankinscense.
Frankincense Throughout History
When people think of frankincense they usually think of it with myrrh, and that it was one of the oils presented to little baby Jesus. Which is fair, that’s a pretty largely known story. There are actually 52 references in the Bible to this treasure.
The Babylonians and Assyrians would burn the tree resin in religious ceremonies and for contemplative meditation. The ancient Egyptians used it in perfumes and salves for soothing skin. It was also found to be used in embalming. Oil from the resin has long been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese health practices.
Body and Mind Uses
There is a lot of information on the internet regarding the physical benefits of this holy oil, however, I want this to be comprehensive, so I am going to list five physical benefits here.
- Helps Reduce Stress Reactions and Negative Emotions
- Boost Immune System Function and Prevents Illness
- May Help Balance Hormones and Improve Fertility
- Helps Decrease Inflammation and Pain
- Improves Memory
This oil can be used for those with asthma, coughing spasms, and anxiety.
Due to its antiaging properties, it is great to use on stretch marks and scars. Please be sure to mix with a carrier oil and not apply directly on the skin.
One study revealed how frankincense works as an effective antidepressant and stress reliever. According to some studies, frankincense can have a positive effect on brain development, and possibly on the formation of dendrites and axons and improving their communication. So that’s pretty impressive.
If you search Frankincense Essential Oil on the PubMed website, the amount of studies on this oil are astounding.
I’ll include a link here as well: PubMedStudies.
Everything is energy, and energy can be measured in frequency.
It’s funny that even I forget this sometimes, as we are just not used to thinking in this way. Bach Flower Remedies work the way that they do because they store the vibrational essence of the plant or material within the tincture. The same goes for essential oils.
Since the tree is wounded when gathering the resin, it is implicated to note that this oil can benefit us most when we are wounded.
Frankincense provides protection, purification, and spiritual awareness.
It can be used to enhance intuition and clairvoyance and is ideal to use before meditation. This is because it helps us to connect with the Divine. It shows us the light and really works deeply with our higher self to ensure that we know we are going to be okay.
This oil, like a beam of light, helps us to let go of low vibrations, release negativity and unearth lies, so we can recall spiritual understanding, gifts, wisdom, and knowledge that our soul bought into the world.
Maybe take a second to read how incredibly powerful and beautiful that is again.
Frankincense helps to break down the walls of the heart. It supports a healthy attachment with one’s father and assists in feeling the love of the Divine.
This oil can transcend dimensions, and take you along for the ride.
This is an incredible oil for transitions, which I will address at the closing of this article.
How To Use The Oil
Frankincense is an incredibly diverse oil, and can be used in almost every which way!
You can put it in your diffuser for whole-home benefits, creating an environment of positive vibrations. I like to put a few drops in a tea candle that I’m burning when I am working or meditating.
Of course, using it on the skin provides all those skin benefits, just be sure to dilute it in a carrier oil of your choice.
It is also a very special practice to annoint yourself with the oil, connecting to your intention and with prayer.
There are those that will ingest it for various reasons, one being cellular health and function.
Dilute one drop in four fluid ounces of liquid or take one to two drops in a veggie cap.
Also make sure you are getting the oil from a reputable source, aka don’t mess around with off brands here!
I use and only reccomend doTERRA because of the quality, care, and impact this company has. These oils created the standard, and are the most pure and cared for I have coma across.
This is an incredible resource to have when working with Essential oils.
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals 2nd Edition
Final Thoughts, Personal Story
It’s probably only been this last year or so that I’ve included Frankincense in my oil toolkit, and it truly has been a gift and a blessing. I’ll use it for meditation, and lately, it’s been my go-to for that extra lift, to release some of the weight I am working through.
I recently had to put down my dog Moose, a 12-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever I found in the woods ten years ago. He’s been my rock, my adventure buddy, and my heart and soul through some of the most intense years of my life. Due to health issues, I knew it was time and chose to have in-home euthanasia, which I am so grateful for to avoid the trauma of going to the vet clinic, for him and myself.
I had a comfortable spot in my living room, and he got some cheeseburgers and treats while the vet was getting everything ready.
As we were laying on the floor together I had my Frankincense oil and I took a few drops and placed them on his head, and also on mine while telling him how much I loved him, how grateful I was for him, how much I’ll miss him, and that the pain will be over, and he can go in peace with dignity.
Frankincense oil, because it offers a connection with the Divine, and shines a light on our soul, is powerful to use in times of transition. This can be the transition of birth, the transition through difficult times, or like I used, the transition to the other side.
I’d love to hear how you use Frankincense and if you have any powerful stories!
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Love and vibes,