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Frankincense & Myrrh~ Sacred Oils

These two resins have been valued for thousands of years. Historically, they were associated with divine healing and considered to be more precious than gold. Today, herbalists and aromatherapy practitioners continue to value the benefits of frankincense and myrrh. Both substances are actually derived from the bark of a tree, known as resins. They may be used in the form of extract, tea, essential oil or in the raw resin form. Read on for how these two majestic substances can assist our health...


Cellular Health

These two power houses have been studies for their anti-cancer properties! In my own experience, I have seen the effect of these essential oils applied to external tumors. The result- a decrease in tumor size. Boswellia (frankincense) is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine to support the immune system. It contains the compound boswellic acid, which exhibits certain biological properties that promote cellular protection.

Dental Health

Frankincense and myrrh benefit people with oral health problems like abscesses, toothaches, gingivitis and bad breath. Some people chew a combination of frankincense and myrrh to freshen breath and fight cavity-causing bacteria. Essential oils from frankincense and myrrh can be blended with water to produce a pleasant, effective mouthwash. Frankincense and myrrh can by mixed with spices like cinnamon and mint in a mouthwash or toothpaste to enhance their dental-supporting effects.

Skin Health

The benefits of frankincense and myrrh are important to people with skin issues and external wounds. An application made from frankincense, myrrh and aloe vera can treat conditions like psoriasis and eczema. These tree resins and their essential oils, can be used in skin-soothing bath salts. All tree resins are potently antibacterial and anti-inflammatory; pastes, oils or gels made from frankincense and myrrh can speed wound healing and prevent bacterial infections. There are herbal salves on the market that contain frankincense and/or myrrh to assist in skin healing.

Respiratory Health

Traditionally, healers burned frankincense and myrrh to treat respiratory infections and promote the expulsion of phlegm. Add essential oils of frankincense and myrrh to a humidifier or hot bath; the steam can soothe your irritated mucus membranes. A tea made with frankincense or myrrh may help to ease sinus infections and sore throat.

Mental Health

Aromatherapy practitioners use a combination of frankincense and myrrh to ease emotional tension, depression, anxiety and panic. Traditionally, practitioners believed in the medicinal benefits of frankincense and myrrh for mental clarity; it was said that the tree resins could open the mind and promote memory. Incense burning or diffusing oils is an effective application for aromatherapy.

Arthritis

Resins of frankincense and myrrh are used extensively in Indian traditional medicine to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gout. They contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds that ease inflammation throughout the body. In lab animals, boswellic acid inhibited an enzyme that is necessary for inflammation to occur. Clinical trials have documented that in patients with colitis and osteoarthritis, anti-inflammatory effects were experienced. Both resins can be used either internally or externally (seek guidance from our Primary Care Provider & Pharmacist). There are various supplements on the market that contain boswellia (frankincense) to help with regeneration of tissues.

Disclaimer: This is for educational purpose only. Talk to your health care provider about any alternative medicine methods you use.

Sources: Institute for Traditional Medicine: Myrrh and Frankincense

National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy: Frankincense and Myrrh

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In Grace,

Cara

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