Frankincense

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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.

Precautions
Do not use during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding.

Application Methods
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.

Popular Uses
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.

BLENDS WELL WITH
Bergamot
Black pepper
Cinnamon
Clove
Cypress
Geranium
Grapefruit
Helichrysum
Lavender
Lemon
Mandarin
Neroli
Orange
Palmarosa
Patchouli
Pine
Rose
Rose geranium
Vetiver
Ylang-ylang

SUBSTITUTE WITH
Galbanum
Helichrysum
Myrrh
Palo santo
Patchouli
Sandalwood

HEALING PROPERTIES
Antiseptic
Astringent
Carminative
Cicatrizant
Cytophylactic
Digestive
Diuretic
Emmenagogue
Expectorant
Sedative
Vulnerary

IDEAL FOR TREATING
Asthma
Bronchitis
Cold and flu symptoms
Colic
Gas
Inflammation
Laryngitis
Minor cuts and scrapes
Rashes Scars

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