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BOSWELLIA CARTERII, B. SERRATA, B. SACRA
Many are familiar with frankincense—it’s one of the three gifts the Magi brought to the infant Jesus in the nativity story. It’s warm, woody scent with a touch of spice makes it a classic incense ingredient. Besides offering a deep, calming influence, frankincense is a versatile essential oil with benefits for the skin, respiratory tract, and more.
Do not use during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.
INHALATION: Mixed into 1 cup of water and misted into the air, a few drops of frankincense essential oil create a peaceful, meditative feeling. If adding it to a diffuser, use the number of drops recommended by the diffuser’s manufacturer.
TOPICAL: Add 9 drops of frankincense essential oil to 1 tablespoon of your favorite carrier oil for a relaxing moisturizer you can use all over.
BATH: Use frankincense with clary sage and lavender for a calming bedtime treat. You can add a few drops of each essential oil to your bathwater, or create a special blend to scent lotion or body oil.
Frankincense is safe for babies, and it’s well-known for its ability to heal rashes. Try blending 6 drops of frankincense essential oil with 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) of melted lanolin for a protective, all-natural diaper balm. A little dab—about 1⁄2 teaspoon — provides a soothing moisture barrier. Enhance your meditation practice by diffusing frankincense. Its relaxing fragrance and mild sedative quality combine to enhance your ability to breathe deeply and let go of stress. If you’re coming down with a cold, add 3 drops of frankincense essential oil to an aromatherapy inhaler and use it to ease congestion. As a natural expectorant, it can help keep your airways clear.
IDEAL FOR TREATING
Cold and flu symptoms
Minor cuts and scrapes