Frankincense is a resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia, particularly Boswellia sacra. Historically, it has been used for various purposes, particularly in religious and cultural rituals.
African cultures have made use of frankincense for generations, mainly for spiritual and religious purposes. In African ceremonies, it is often burned as incense, and the smoke is believed to carry prayers to the heavens.
In various cultures, the smoke of burning frankincense – much like sage and palo santo – it is thought to have purifying and cleansing properties, both for the physical environment and the spiritual plane.
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Today, the natural resin is used for many additional purposes and many believe that it has healing properties that can be used for many an ailment.
Here are some aspects of the purported powers and uses of frankincense:
- Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Some studies suggest that it may have anti-inflammatory effects. Traditionally, it has been used to treat various inflammatory conditions.
- Respiratory Health: Inhaling the aroma of burning frankincense may help with respiratory issues and congestion. It is sometimes used in traditional medicine for conditions like asthma and bronchitis.
- Aromatherapy: The scent is often associated with relaxation and stress relief. Aromatherapists use it to create a calming atmosphere and promote a sense of peace and tranquillity.
- Skincare: Due to its potential anti-ageing properties, Frankincense oil is sometimes used in skincare products. It may help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Antimicrobial Properties: it has a history of being used for its potential antimicrobial properties. It was used in ancient times for embalming and preserving bodies.
- Pain Relief: Some traditional medicine systems use frankincense for its analgesic (pain-relieving) properties. It may be applied topically or used in aromatherapy for pain relief.
- Perfumery: The aromatic properties of frankincense make it a desirable ingredient in perfumery. Some traditional African perfumes and scents may incorporate it in their blends for its distinctive fragrance.
Where to get your hands on frankincense?
Local apothecary, Frank&Myrrh offers an abundance of frankincense products.
From an anti-inflammatory dilutable tonic to feed your body with the healing properties of frankincense that promises to energise you, to the raw resin that is to be burned, to oils and frankincense-infused perfumes and so much more.
Take a look at Frank&Myrhh’s frankincense resin menu.
While there is some scientific evidence supporting certain properties, it’s essential to note that more research is needed to fully understand its benefits and mechanisms of action.
Additionally, individual responses may vary, and it’s advisable to consult with healthcare professionals before using it for therapeutic purposes, especially in medicinal contexts.
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