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For many years, frankincense oil has been used for therapeutic, religious and pharmaceutical purposes. Research shows that it offers many benefits like relieving pain, fighting inflammation, reducing stress, and fighting cancer.
There are various ways to use this oil, you can either inhale it or absorb it through the skin. It can also be ingested but only in small amounts because it can be toxic if you consume large quantities. And when buying it, make sure you don’t confuse it with ‘fragrance oil’ – it won’t give you the health benefits listed below.
Here are the health benefits you’ll get when you use frankincense oil regularly.
Stronger immune system
Research shows that frankincense oil strengthens the immune system by destroying viruses and bad bacteria. It can kill germs in the mouth and on the skin. In fact, this oil was traditionally used to treat oral problems like toothaches, cavities, bad breath and so on.
Helps fight cancer
A study conducted in 2002 found that a compound in frankincense oil kills cancer cells which have become resistant to chemotherapy. This compound can kill cancer cells in the brain, colon, lungs, prostate, pancreas and breast.
Frankincense oil does a great job calming your nerves. It can give you feelings of relaxation, peace and calmness. It advisable to use this oil if you experience stress, anxiety or depression.
Improves quality of sleep
Studies show that the quality of our sleep affects our weight, mood, stress levels and so on. Well, inhaling frankincense oil before you sleep will help you sleep deeply.
Relieves joint pain and arthritis
Frankincense fights inflammation which consequently reduces aches, joint pain and muscle aches. If you have pain on your hips or lower back, apply this oil on those spots.
This herbal oil can greatly improve your digestive health. It can get rid of cramps, bloating, slow movement of bowel, and so on. But as I mentioned earlier, you should only ingest small amounts of frankincense.
Improves skin appearance and health
Frankincense can actually reduce wrinkles by tightening the skin. Research also shows that this oil can reduce acne, scars, and stretch marks. Lastly, it will clean the skin by killing germs.
You can relieve itching by applying frankincense on the itchy spot.