It was considered extremely valuable during ancient times. Egyptians used it to fumigate their homes, for ritual incense and for cosmetics. It was used as a holy anointing oil and as a general cure-all for diseases. It was also used to enhance meditation and elevate spiritual consciousness. History also shows it was used for embalming and as a perfume. Sandalwood Oil formed an important part of the Sabbath day offering, and it was one of the three gifts given by the Magi to the Christ child.
How Can Frankincense Help Us Today to Stay Healthy?
Since frankincense is high in terpenes, it goes beyond the blood brain barrier and helps stimulate the limbic system of the brain as well as the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. It is used for cancer, depression, allergies, headaches, bronchitis, herpes, tonsillitis, typhoid, warts, brain damage, and stimulates the body’s production of white blood cells. Frankincense is one of the few oils that is considered anti-tumoral. It is a strong antiviral, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and expectorant oil. Frankincense oil has the ability to relax and revitalize at the same time. It is excellent for nervous tension and nervous exhaustion. Its fragrance increases spiritual awareness and promotes meditation. It may also help improve attitude and uplift spirits, which may help to strengthen the immune system and decrease depression. The main effects of frankincense are anti-asthmatic, strengthens the immune system and is anti-tumoral.
How Can Frankincense Be Used?
Frankincense can be diffused, used topically, orally, and the resins can be burned as incense. Frankincense is non-toxic, and non-irritating to the skin. It can be applied directly or blended with other oils.
For more information on how this ancient oil has modern day applications, you may wish to attend an aromatherapy program that discusses the Biblical oils. the Institute of Spiritual Healing & Aromatherapy offers courses that teach about the healing abilities of frankincense.