Since the beginning of known history on this planet, humans have used Frankincense resin and oil for cleansing and healing. Frankincense is often called the Father of all the oils and the Oil of Truth.
There are numerous scientific studies backing up the many stories of the power of Frankincense to heal. Below are a few of these studies with other references at the end of this article.
The best way to understand the power of Frankincense is to use it yourself. Open a bottle of Frankincense essential oil and breathe in the cleansing aroma. Add a few drops to your diffuser and freshen the air in your home. I personally take it internally almost every day - but I only use the purest essential oil for any internal use.
I wonder what stories you will be able to tell when you start using Frankincense.
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Researchers from Cardiff University in the U.K. decided to investigate the reported pain-relieving properties of frankincense. As reported in Science Daily, lead researcher Dr. Ahmed Ali stated that “The search for new drugs to alleviate the symptoms of conditions like inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis is a priority area for scientists. What our research has managed to achieve is to use innovative chemical extraction techniques to determine the active ingredient in frankincense. Having done this we are now able to further characterise the chemical entity and compare its success against other anti-inflammatory drugs used for treating the condition.”
In a paper published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers concluded that an essential oil blend containing frankincense may help inhibit the spread and proliferation of viral cells associated with influenza. The study’s authors wrote that the oil “decreased direct infection of the cells,” adding that frankincense oil specifically “possess[es] anti-inflammatory activity through inhibition of immune cytokines production and leukocyte infiltration.”
For patients with digestive troubles, the use of Boswellia has shown positive results in a number of studies, including in a human trial involving 20 patients who “suffered from chronic colitis characterized by vague lower abdominal pain, bleeding per rectum with diarrhoea and palpable tender descending and sigmoid colon.” The patients in the study “were given a preparation of the gum resin of Boswellia serrata (900 mg daily divided in three doses for 6 weeks) and ten patients were given sulfasalazine (3 gm daily divided in three doses for 6 weeks) and served as controls.”
According to the paper published in the journal Planta Medica in 2001, “Out of 20 patients treated with Boswellia gum resin 18 patients showed an improvement in one or more of the parameters … In conclusion, this study shows that a gum resin preparation from Boswellia serrata could be effective in the treatment of chronic colitis with minimal side effects.” 5
Numerous studies have likewise investigated the use of frankincense for improving a range of health outcomes in patients with the “Big C:” cancer. Just one example is a peer-reviewed paper published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2009 which concluded that frankincense oil “appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death. Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment.”
(Note: “Intravesical” is a type of therapy where a liquid drug is injected directly into the bladder via a cathether)