Spicy Attitude: Frankincense not just for Baby Jesus

During the stormy transition from Summer into Fall,  I can feel a bit uprooted.  Whenever this feeling of being disconnected from the present arrives,  I try to stay focus on what is happening inside.   Yoga and meditation are a perfect way to stay rooted.  And as an aid to help me stay connected,  I use Frankincense Essential Oil. Frankincense is a  tree resin (i.e., Boswellia tree) that has been used and valued since ancient times for its medicinal, cosmetic, aromatic and spiritual applications.  I hear wise men tend to offer it as gift, and who am I to argue with wise men.

Emotionally, I find the aroma to be grounding, calming and relaxing without being sedating. The aroma is woody, earthy and also has a slightly spicy attitude to it.  The country of origin and variety of tree used to obtain the resin from which the essential oil is derived plays an important role in the quality of the Frankincense essential oil.  My favorite brand is from Young Living, you can also find in health-food stores, make sure to get therapeutic grade.   I enjoy diffusing frankincense oil while meditating or while practicing restorative yoga poses.

Additional use

Frankincense is great for your skin, it promotes the regeneration of skin and healthy cells ( there are technical paper written on this, but I am giving you my anecdotal testimonial!)  It is an excellent choice for preventing or reducing wrinkles when used topically and it helps fade scars from acne and surgery.  It also relieves itching skin.   Just apply a drops of frankincense to the affected area and that is it.  If you have sensitive skin, you can dilute a drop of frankincense in a carrier oil. Don't hesitate to contact me with questions or personal testimonial.

Posted on September 19, 2012 and filed under aromatherapy, essential oils, Uncategorized, Yoga.