For thousands of years, traditional medicine has been using frankincense oil for treating numerous illnesses. Its usage dates back to Biblical time when it has been used due to its antiseptic, anti-cancer, expectorant, and anti-neurotic properties.
Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties come from the boswellic acids. The oil can be used for boosting the health in numerous different ways. Here are the most important ones:
- Relieves Arthritic Pain
Thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory properties, it can inhibit the production of the main inflammatory molecules that are linked to conditions such as arthritis, and it can also help to protect from a breakdown of cartilage tissue. This property of the frankincense extracts is depicted in the initial two pillars of Ayurveda (the 5- millennia old healing system of ancient India).
The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are known to cause negative side effects such as accelerated joint damage, a raised risk of heart failure and gastrointestinal damage, while the boswellic acids in frankincense can provide the same treatment without causing any adverse effects.
To soothe the symptoms of arthritis, apply 2-3 drops topically to the painful area of pain.
Another option to soothe muscle and joint pain is to add 10 drops to a warm bath. In cases of sensitive skin, you should dilute it with some other carrier oil.
- Relieves Gastrointestinal Discomfort
Frankincense oil can also relieve digestive distress like pain, gas, constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome. A study published in the European Journal of Medical Research shows that its effects in the treatment of the symptoms of ulcerative colitis are impressive.
Taking 350 milligrams of frankincense oil three times daily for 6 weeks can induce remission in 80 percent of patients. According to scientists, it is similar to sulfasalazine, which is a common chemical drug in the treatment of irritable bowel disease. It also boosts the function of the digestive system and accelerates the digestion of food.
- Supports the Respiratory System
Frankincense oil has been traditionally used in baths, massages, and steam inhalations, as a natural remedy for respiratory conditions like coughs, bronchitis, and asthma.
According to a study published in the European Journal of Medical Research in which patients with chronic bronchial asthma were treated with 300 milligrams of frankincense three times daily for 6 weeks, up to 70 percent showed a significant improvement of physical symptoms of asthma, including the number of attacks, difficulty breathing, and the hissing lung sound.
- Fights Cancer and Relieves Chemotherapy Side Effects
This oil can successfully destroy certain types of cancer cells such as colon, prostate, breast, brain, pancreatic, and stomach cancers. According to some studies, the oil activates genes that lead to cell cycle arrest, cell growth suppression and apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells.
Furthermore, the oil only targets the cancerous cells. A study has shown that frankincense oil-suppressed cell viability in cancer cells of the bladder does not lead to the breakdown of DNA, which is a hallmark of apoptosis.
The oil also prevents inflammation, strengthens the immune system, and causes the proliferation of white blood cells.
- A Natural Oral Hygiene Product
Thanks to its powerful antiseptic properties, the oil is an excellent oral hygiene tool. You can either add a few drops to your toothpaste or simply rub it on the gums to prevent dental health issues such as cavities, infections, tooth decay, or bad breath.
According to scientists, its anti-inflammatory effects prevent the plaque-induced gingivitis, which is a gum disease manifested by swellings, irritations, and redness.
The oil can also be used in treating various other infections, to treat skin issues, scars, treat anxiety, and many more.
But, if you want to use the oil topically, you must use a 100 percent pure one. And, just like any other remedy, you must consult your doctor first before you start administering it.