Frankincense has been used for thousands of years as a spiritual, medicinal and Ayurvedic ingredient. Read on to discover its secrets.
Frankincense, the magical essential oil used in our Nourish Moisture Surge Oil, is derived from the resinous sap of the Boswellia tree, which grows almost exclusively in the Middle East.
For over 5,000 years Frankincense has been traded around the world – steeped in myth and magic, medicine and beauty.
The ancient Egyptians bought entire shipments of the resin from the Phoenicians, charring and grinding the resin into a powder to make the heavy kohl eyeliner they famously wore.
Cleopatra, renown for her dedication to wellness and beauty, bathed in honey and milk baths rich in essential oils like Rose, Jasmine and Frankincense.
Eager to emulate Cleopatra, ancient Egyptian women wore ‘perfume cone’ hats made from Frankincense resin. The heady, beautiful scent was released as the resin melted in the heat, released the essential oil, which could then be applied to the body to rejuvenate and protect the skin from the harsh environment.
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Frankincense can help strengthen skin and improve tone and elasticity as we age, as well as healing dry and / or cracked skin. It’s also great for reducing the appearance of scars and acne, as well as helping to fade stretch marks, scars and nourishing skin during pregnancy.
This magical essential oil contains powerful antiseptic defense mechanisms against bacteria or blemishes / acne. This is due to the high concentration of monoterpenes, which are highly versatile enzymes capable of delivering antiseptic and antibacterial properties.
Frankincense oil can help reduce the severity of a colds or the flu. Again, those powerful enzymes – monoterpenes – deliver antiviral and expectorant properties which can help to separate phlegm deposits and may alleviate breathing difficulties.
In aromatherapy, inhaling the scent of an essential oil (or absorbing it through the skin) is thought to stimulate the limbic region of the brain, which influences our emotions and nervous system. The sweet, woody scent of Frankincense is well known for its stabilising, soothing effect, which can be used to ease stress and tension.
Frankincense can be wonderful in assisting or supplementing the treatment of mild depression and anxiety. It’s calming energy and effects helps to quieten the mind. An article on the popular Dr. Axe blog cites a study in Keimyung University in Korea in which
“Mixed with bergamot and lavender oils in a 1:1 ratio in an aroma hand massage, Frankincense was found to have a positive effect on pain and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer…”.
Here at Pure Body Luxe, we love how Frankincense helps to centre the mind in the present moment, encouraging peace and happiness. We recommend taking a moment to be still and reflect with a few drops of Nourish Moisture Surge oil, allowing the scent to permeate your environment for a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Everybody is unique. Your skin care and health needs will depend on a range of personal factors. It’s advisable to check in with a health professional every 3 months.