If you have only heard about frankincense from the Biblical nativity story, well you have not heard anything yet. This oil has been used by our forefathers in the treatment of quite a number of diseases and health conditions as a result of its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-neurotic, antiseptic and anticancer properties. Frankincense oil is rich in a compound known as boswellic acid which has excellent anti-inflammatory properties and helps in the treatment of conditions, such as; gout, arthritis, and rheumatism.
It has been proven by alternative and conventional medical practitioners alike that frankincense oil will help our health in a lot of ways, however, there are five major benefits that you should be aware of namely:
- It Is Useful In Boosting Your Oral Health Naturally
The natural antiseptic properties of frankincense oil make it effective I’ve in boosting your oral health. It will help you to combat tooth decay, plaque, cavities, gum disease and bad breath. Just apply a couple of drops of the oil on your toothpaste and rub this on your gums using a previously washed finger and you will improve your oral health. The anti-inflammatory properties of frankincense oil are known to be effective in the prevention of gingivitis, a gum disease caused by plaque buildup and leads to irritated, reddish and swollen gums.
- Frankincense Oil Can Combat Pains Caused By Arthritis
The boswellic acid in frankincense oil has very powerful anti-inflammatory properties that will help to relieve you of the pains felt by inflammatory conditions, such as; gout, arthritis, and rheumatism. It does so by hindering the inflammatory molecules that are produced which are responsible for causing inflammation of joints. In the long term, frankincense oil will prevent tissue and cartilage damage in the joints. When NSAIDS are taken to treat the symptoms of joint inflammation, they so often lead to other health complications, such as; increased risk of joint damage, stroke, heart attack and gastrointestinal issues.
You can are the use of frankincense oil to treat arthritic conditions by topically massaging between 2 and 3 drops of the oil on your joints and you will soothe the pains felt. You can equally gain relief from joint pains by submerging yourself in a bathtub of warm water with 10 drops of the oil. If you have sensitive skin, then you can dilute the oil using a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil.
- It Helps To Boost The Health Of Your Respiratory System
You can use frankincense oil for inhalation purpose, to help you combat nasal congestion, flu symptoms, fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose. It is even known to be effective in the treatment of bronchitis and asthma, as a study published in the European Journal of Medical Research showed that patients that were given 300 mg of frankincense thrice daily and for a period of 6 weeks, showed remarkable improvements in their bronchial asthma health problems. Their breathing was improved significantly and they were not prone to sudden asthma attacks as before.
- Use Frankincense Oil To Treat Gastrointestinal Issues
You can use frankincense oil to gain relief from gastrointestinal issues, such as; indigestion, gas, acid reflux, bloating, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), belly ache and constipation. It is also known to be effective in the treatment of ulcerative colitis, according to an article published in the European Journal of Medical Research.
By consuming 350 mg of frankincense oil, thrice daily and for a duration of 6 weeks, you will protect yourself from gastrointestinal issues. Frankincense oil will also help you to digest food better and stop indigestion and constipation issues.
- Frankincense Oil Can Help To Combat Cancer Growth And Development
It has been proven in research conducted that frankincense oil is effective in the treatment of certain types of cancers, such as; breast, brain, stomach, colon, pancreatic and prostate cancer. In the studies conducted it was observed that frankincense oil will stimulate the genes that cause apoptosis or cell death in cancerous cells, as well as suppress cancerous cell growth. It will not affect healthy cells, unlike chemotherapy treatment which cannot distinguish between cancerous and healthy cells. In the process of treatment, frankincense oil will also boost the patient’s immune system and prevents inflammation in their body.
Other Health Benefits Of Frankincense Oil
This oil can be used in alternative treatment for the following conditions and ailments;
- For fading out dark spots, blemishes and scar tissue.
- Treatment of acne and other skin problems like eczema and rashes.
- Anxiety and stress treatment through aromatherapy.