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12/12/2014

Essential Oils - Frankincense - A Holy Fragrance to Heal Us This Christmas Season

For thousands of years, the fragrance of frankincense has been used to lift up our minds and hearts to spiritual things. It was considered a fragrance fit for a king and thus was one of the gifts given by the Magi to the Christ child. It has been used in churches of many denominations especially at Christmas tide to remind us of God's love for all people. But are you aware that frankincense is one of those rare essential oils that is healing for just about everything that might ail you?

Frankincense (Boswelia carteri) is obtained through steam distillation of the resins from the frankincense trees. They grow along the coastal areas of Saudia Arabia, Oman, Yemon, Ethiopia and even in Kenya. These are ancient trees that only put out a few leaves if there is moisture in the air. Slits are made with a sharp knife into the bark of the tree and it oozes out its life blood to harden in the desert air. These resins are later collected and can either be beaten into a fine dust for incense or distilled for the oil. In ancient times, anyone caught with "female" frankincense resins (the higher quality as denoted by their color) might have their hand chopped off. These resins were reserved for the kings and their families. Every year, the various countries would send representatives to purchase so many tons of resins to be used at court and in their cities' celebrations.

The Secrets About Frankincense

Have you ever wondered why the ancient peoples regarded this oil so much? They had tapped into many of the secrets of how this tree can heal. For instance, it is high in terpenes which means it goes beyond the blood brain barrier and helps stimulate the limbic system of the brain and the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. Why is that important? Because it can be used to treat cancer, tumors, depression, headaches, and brain damage. In addition, frankincense has been known to help allergies, bronchitis, herpes, tonsillitis, typhoid, warts, and it can stimulate the body's production of white blood cells. It is a strong antiviral, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and expectorant oil. Frankincense is considered a general cure-all or universal healing oil. It has the ability to relax and revitalize at the same time. Now can any of your drugs do that?

But What About Its Spiritual Qualities?

Frankincense increases spiritual awareness and promotes meditation. It may also help improve attitude and uplift spirits which may help to strengthen the immune system and decrease depression. It has the "old church" smell to it that is very pleasing to the senses.

 

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