6 Reasons Frankincense Is ‘The Holy Grail of Health Products’

by Christine Faler

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If I’m completely honest with you, despite knowing there’s no such thing as a miracle pill…

I’m still always on a crusade to find one.

I think it’s a natural urge for all of us who really want amazing health, energy, and vitality to be on this quest for what I call ‘The Holy Grail of Health Products.’

For me, ‘The Holy Grail’ is a natural product that can solve many problems and does so equal to or better than the leading stand-alone product for that issue.

I’ve been constantly disappointed over the years.

That is until Frankincense Essential Oil recently saved me from the worst upper respiratory infection I’ve ever experienced!

I never get sick. My immune system is extremely balanced due to following the Solving Leaky Gut protocol. It’s like I’m surrounded by a protective force field. I never catch what’s “going around.”

Until I did.

And because I’m not used to being sick, my world crashed around me when it happened.

I Thought I Was Dying

I tried every natural cold remedy out there. Nothing was working.

After 7 days of no sleep and seemingly getting worse, I started to consider taking antibiotics… something that I really didn’t want to do.

My fever got so high that I think I was hallucinating…

And all of a sudden it came to me… Frankincense.

Although I have been using essential oils for years, I had never used Frankincense or even known anything about it other than it was a gift for the Baby Jesus.

I’d tried everything else, so even though I didn’t know if it would do anything… I decided to give it a try.

It took all the energy I had but I knew I had a bottle and found it. I rubbed the oil on my chest and started diffusing it right next to me on the couch where I was lying.

And then it happened… relief!!!!

It cleared my nasal passages and opened up my bronchial tubes so I could breath. That was truly amazing. But what really gave me the most relief was the calm peacefulness it brought over me.

I finally slept… it was blissful!

Over the next few days, I kept diffusing Frankincense oil in close proximity to where I was and rubbing it on my chest and under my nose. Quickly, I was better and started researching this divine oil. I wanted to know everything about it because I had never experienced anything like it.

I didn’t know it at the time but I had stumbled on the ‘Holy Grail of Health Products.’

What Is Frankincense Essential Oil?

Frankincense Essential Oil is made by distilling the resin of the Boswellia tree.

The history of this divine oil is fascinating. It has been referenced in ancient texts, dating back more than 5000 years. And it’s the most referenced oil in the bible. It shows up repeatedly in the works of important ancient healers, like Pliny, Dioscorides and Avicenna. It’s been touted to be beneficial for everything from skin conditions to dental disease, to respiratory issues and digestive troubles.

We all know it was given to the Baby Jesus by the three wise men. And Cleopatra used it to make her trademark eyeliner. This sacred and therapeutic oil has been worth more than gold for much of human history.

Properties of Frankincense Essential Oil

6 Reasons Frankincense Is ‘The Holy Grail of Health Products’

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1) Frankincense Essential Oil for Better Health

Frankincense has been used in health care throughout the ages, due to it’s powerful phytochemicals.

One in particular is Boswellic Acid. Many studies have shown its ability to act like a Cox 2 inhibitor to reduce inflammation in the body without the unwanted side effect of damaging the gut lining. Boswellic Acid reduces inflammation by blocking the lethal enzyme 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) and decreases the activity of human leukocyte elastase (HLE).

This makes Frankincense essential oil a great candidate to add to any autoimmune protocol for conditions such as:

And this goes beyond Autoimmune conditions. Basically any disease ending in -itis – a suffix used to denote inflammation – can be helped with the use of Frankincense.

Frankincense also contains compounds called sesquiterpenes, which have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and deliver these powerful anti-inflammatory compounds to the brain. Thus, potentially protecting from diseases like Alzheimer’s and Multiple Sclerosis and reducing inflammation after brain trauma.

2) Frankincense Essential Oil for Beauty

Frankincense protects skin at the cellular level and therefore makes it an excellent candidate for all your beauty needs. It can improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and large pores, and fade scars and stretch marks.

And it’s astringent and antibacterial properties make it great at busting blemishes and stabilizing sebum.

For clear and radiant looking skin, add a few drops of Frankincense to your favorite facial moisturizer. Or make your own beauty elixir by adding a few drops straight to sweet almond oil if you have normal to dry skin, or jojoba oil if you have oily skin.

Emperor Nero used it to hide the tell-tale signs of nights of debauchery, by dabbing Frankincense around his eyes. The oil firms the skin and reduces puffiness making it an excellent addition to any eye cream.

3) Frankincense Essential Oil for Anxiety and Depression

One of the active compounds in Frankincense is Incensole Acetate, a neuro-active chemical that has a profound effect on emotions. It’s believed to be able to communicate with the limbic system to influence the nervous system and has been shown in animal studies to relieve anxiety and depression.

Many report that Frankincense has the ability to stabilize mood – grounding and relaxing yet invigorating and elevating at the same time.

If you find yourself moving into a fearful or negative space, or dealing with a bout of anxiety or depression, try placing 2 drops under your tongue upon waking. You can rub the oil on the bottoms of your feet to reduce nervous energy.

Frankincense can also be very sedating, if used right before bed. To drift effortlessly into a restful sleep, diffuse Frankincense in your bedroom at bedtime. It’s also great at nap time for young children (who would rather be playing then napping).

4) Frankincense Essential Oil for Spiritual Connection

Frankincense has been used throughout history in religious ceremonies and rituals because of it’s ability to increase intuition and spiritual connection. This is largely due to the psychoactive properties of Incensole Acetate found in Frankincense.

This compound has been shown to have anxiolytic, anti-depressive, and sedative effects, which calms and lifts the mood – putting one in a perfect state for meditation.

Frankincense has also been recognized as a powerful mindfulness trigger. It’s warm, sweet smell can remind you to break out of an autopilot state and come back into awareness. If you use this consistently during times of meditation, prayer, journaling, or yoga, the pathways in your brain will start to remember and associate the smell with a time to be introspective and open the doors to spiritual awareness.

To add a boost to any spiritual or meditative practice, place a drop of Frankincense essential oil on your Third Eye Chakra, located in the middle of the forehead, just above the eyebrows or at the base of your neck. You can also diffuse the oil in the area of your practice.

5) Frankincense Essential Oil for Aches and Pains

The anti-inflammatory properties of Frankincense have been shown to decrease joint pain, muscle soreness, and arthritis.

A study was done showing that an extract of this natural painkiller reduced the pain of osteoarthritis patients, after just 7 days of treatment.

To soothe sore muscles or body pains, if you have a chronic condition, or after strenuous workouts, athletic events, or just a long day, massage the essential oil directly into sore muscles and joints. Just add a few drops of Frankincense to a carrier oil, like fractionated coconut oil or shea butter, and rub where needed.

Or go for my favorite pain-busting ritual… an Epsom Salt Bath with Frankincense Essential Oil. Epsom salt baths alone are amazing to soothe sore muscles and relax the body, but adding Frankincense oil takes it up a whole ‘nother notch!

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6) Frankincense Essential Oil for Cancer

Frankincense is creating quite a buzz in the area of cancer research. And we might just find out it’s truly ‘The Holy Grail of Health Products.’

Scientist and healers have turned the world upside down looking for a cure for cancer. And while breaking down cancer research is outside the scope of this post, if this is a crusade you are on, I highly encourage you to check out the research being done on Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA) – a compound found only in Frankincense.

Major funding is being pumped into this research and the results are downright impressive – showing high efficacy in treating breast, bladder, colon, skin, stomach, and pancreatic cancers.

Not All Essential Oils Are Created Equal

Are you ready to join me in the Frankincense fan club? Run out to your local health store? Buy them out?

Well, hold your horses… we need to talk about quality first.

Not all essential oils are created equal and some can be downright dangerous for you!

In the United States, we don’t do a great job of regulating essential oils…

So the responsibility is yours to know what you’re buying and who you’re buying from.

You want to look for third-party tested, therapeutic grade, 100% pure essential oils, not synthetic or diluted. Synthetic oils might smell good but they contain no phytochemicals and are not natural or beneficial to the body.

I’ve looked long and hard to find what I think is the BEST essential oil company on the planet and I’ve granted that distinction to Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO).

Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) was created by a bunch of health nerds… just like me!!! They are formulating expertly crafted blends and the purest single essential oils available on the market.

They’re on a mission to develop essential oils that are pure and safe for the entire family to use. And they’re doing a darn good job!

I also chose them as my go to essential oil source because their commitment to quality is unmatched by any other essential oil company in the market with their S.A.A.F.E. Promise™ and 100% Guaranteed Satisfaction of Quality.

They also do third-party GC/MS testing. This is to ensure their oils don’t contain any diluents, contaminants or adulterants, so you can be confident in the quality of your purchase.

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Varieties of Frankincense Essential Oil

There are several different varieties of Frankincense essential oil and I’ve tried them all. What makes them different is the levels of active phytochemicals they contain. They all smell great, but if you’re looking to use Frankincense therapeutically, you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing a variety high in the phytochemicals we’ve spoken about.

My choice is Sacred Frankincense.

Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia Sacra) can only be sourced from Oman, a country by Saudi Arabia. The boswellia trees in this area yield a higher quality of resin, and when extracted produces a better oil.

Boswellia serrata and Boswellia carterii are the other varieties I like, but only for skin care. I don’t see the same immune and emotional balancing qualities I’ve experienced with Sacred Frankincense.

Since Sacred Frankincense is the highest quality variety of Frankincense on the market, you will notice that it is slightly more expensive than other varieties. But remember, you get what you pay for and you’ll need a whole bottle of other varieties to get the same powerful punch you get from a few drops of Sacred Frankincense.

Conclusion

This Wise Man’s cure-all has been touted through history for it’s medicinal, spiritual, and cosmetic properties. And 100s of scientific studies validate what so many ancient healers knew as reality – that Frankincense is truly ‘The Holy Grail of Health Products.’

Today, we use Frankincense for more than just our first aid, beautifying, and religious needs. We are seeing it used quite successfully for more complex issues, like chronic inflammatory conditions, autoimmune diseases, major stress and anxiety reduction, and it’s even becoming a rising star in cancer research.

In ancient times, stories were told to the masses that Frankincense trees only grew in the most dangerous deserts and were guarded by dragons who would annihilate them if they sought to collect the precious resins on their own.

Fortunately, today we don’t have to go out and slay any dragons for this sacred oil. There are amazing companies, like Rocky Mountain Oils, crossing the deserts and crafting some of the most therapeutic varieties of Frankincense essential oils for us.

So… if all else fails, rub some Frankincense on it!

Do you have experience using it? Tell me in the comments below.

-Christine

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About the author

Christine Faler After years spent in the fast-paced and highly competitive Fashion Industry, working as a Management Consultant, Christine’s health started to diminish. It became increasingly harder for her to be on the road much of the year, supporting her growing international client list. Refusing to go the conventional medical route to regain her vitality, she implemented an Autoimmune Paleo Rotation Diet. She credits this intervention as fully reversing her condition and she has been 100% symptom-free ever since. While researching natural diet and lifestyle modalities for reversing chronic illness, she came across the work of Jordan Reasoner and Steve Wright at SCDLifestyle.com. Their deep passion for creating massive change in the world through educating people on what REALLY works to heal the body from chronic diseases was so inspiring to her that she quickly joined their team. Since then, she has been a part of helping hundreds of thousands of people all over the world with chronic illness. The company has now expanded to train health practitioners on how to create successful online businesses to reach the people who need them most.

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Nick March 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm

Great article. I have taken 1500mg daily of Boswellia Serrata (boswellia resin extract) in tablet form for the past 18 months or so and it has totally solved my colitis symptoms, which had been in flare up mode for close to a year and not responding to the Lialdia medication I had been on. I’m not sure the relative merits of oil form versus tablet form but I find the tablets convenient to take three times a day. I am strongly considering phasing out the allopathic medication (entocort) that I am now on and seeing if the boswellia alone works, along with the wheat free real food diet I have been on for four or five years now. The only dietary change I made was to cut out tomatoes. I think it will because The resolution coincided with starting the boswellia and came a couple of months before my new gastroenterologist changed me from Lialdia to the entocort.

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Mariel Heiss March 22, 2016 at 4:15 pm

Thank you for sharing your story Nick!! Congratulations on your success with the frankincense 🙂 We’re so glad you liked this article

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Martin April 5, 2016 at 10:22 pm
Bev Olson March 22, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Where is this sold.

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Mariel Heiss March 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Hi Bev – thanks for reaching out to us! 🙂 We recommend the frankincense from Rocky Mountain Oils here http://go.rockymountainoils.com/SHDl

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Linda March 22, 2016 at 2:18 pm

How can I obtain the oil as outlined in this wonderful site. Please let me know. I would love to purchase dime for me and my family. Thanks.

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Mariel Heiss March 22, 2016 at 4:12 pm

Hi Linda! We recommend Rocky Mountain Oils. You can get them here: http://go.rockymountainoils.com/SHDl

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Shell in San Diego March 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Thanks for the great article- I’ve been using a few drops of Frankincense mixed in coconut oil as makeup remover and moisturizer for a few months and it’s actually tightened my skin and removed dark spots. As a lifelong surfer, sailor and otherwise sun-loving beach goer- it’s miraculous! I’m fairly new to essential oils but believe God gave us every natural thing we need for health so I’ve cut out putting toxins on my largest organ (skin)
Btw, there were probably many wise men- the scripture just mentions 3 of the gifts they brought. =)

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Sam March 22, 2016 at 10:13 pm

For overall body inflammation and gut health, what is the best way to use frankincense eo? Is it effective aromatically for those conditions, or should it be ingested?

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Mariel Heiss March 24, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Hi Sam – we think it is best to do both (diffuse and ingest the oil.) When you diffuse it, make sure you use a high quality diffuser that doesn’t heat the oil (heating can compromise the integrity of the oil!) like this: http://go.rockymountainoils.com/SHDr or http://go.rockymountainoils.com/SHDp

You can ingest it by putting a drop or two under your tongue or mixing it in water. You can also rub it on your temples.

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Geri March 23, 2016 at 10:25 am

What is the best way to use this product for digestive problems? Thanks

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Mariel Heiss March 24, 2016 at 12:26 pm

Hi Geri – thanks for asking.

We think the more ways you use frankincense oil, the better.

You can diffuse it using a diffuser like this: http://go.rockymountainoils.com/SHDr (It is important you use an ultrasonic or cold diffuser – you do not want to heat the oil when you diffuse it, as this will damage the oil).

You can also ingest it by putting a drop or two under your tongue or you can try rubbing it on your temples.

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Emily March 23, 2016 at 10:52 am

This is superb, great article thank for you the information! I’m a firm believer in essential oils and will now definitely start using this one with my family. Excellent facts supporting this. Thank you for enlightenment.

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sally March 23, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Hello Please advise where to buy the Frankincense resin? to take in the UK
Many thanks I have UC

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Mariel Heiss March 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm

Hi Sally – thanks for commenting! We recommend Rocky Mountain Oils http://go.rockymountainoils.com/SHDl

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Linda March 23, 2016 at 10:25 pm

I know essential oil companies are very proprietary and can be almost religious about their products. I get that. I just want to know how RMO differs from the major multilevel marketing brands. Obviously there is no upline, thankfully. I’m looking for good quality oils without the hype. Thanks.

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Mariel Heiss March 24, 2016 at 12:07 pm

Hi Linda – I totally get it 🙂 We were introduced to this line of oils by Lori Jo – she wrote this post on tea tree oil and at the bottom she discusses Rocky Mountain Oils and why she prefers their oils: http://scdlifestyle.com/2016/03/7-uses-of-tea-tree-oil-for-kids-skin-problems/

LMK if you have more questions after reading that!

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linda April 5, 2016 at 10:13 am

I have a bottle of organic frankincense boswellia serrata
It state 100 pure organic natural frankincense, but it also says NOT FOR INTERNAL USE.
you must mix it with a carrier oil if used on skin.
You are stating that it can be taken internally, is there a special one that can be taken internally?

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Mariel Heiss April 5, 2016 at 1:22 pm

Hi Linda – check out a capsule product like this: http://amzn.to/17KPwq7

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John May 11, 2016 at 8:22 am

Hi, where can I find something like this? Wherever i was looking it was sold

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Mariel Heiss May 12, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Hi John – we recommend Rocky Mountain Oils Sacred Frankincense http://go.rockymountainoils.com/SHDl

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Nick June 3, 2016 at 1:05 am

Interesting article, I’m going to look more into Frankincense in the future, and it’s good to know now that I have a source of high quality stuff, as that’s so imperative for using any new supplement to see the true benefits.

Thanks guys 🙂

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Nate July 19, 2016 at 3:52 pm

I did some research and found that frankincense was good for the eyes, such as glaucoma. I am wondering if sacred frankincense would be better?

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Mariel Heiss July 20, 2016 at 12:17 pm

Hi Nate – we think they would both be great. Sacred frankincense has been studied for its anti-cancer properties. I use both

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