Frankincense Essential Oil: properties, benefits, uses

Frankincense essential oil : uses and advice to make the most of the properties of this precious essential oil. Remedies for skin, hair cough and natural anti-wrinkle.

This essential oil has a very ancient history: since ancient Egypt, this product was used to prepare beauty masks and cosmetics to rejuvenate the skin and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. It is extracted from the Boswelia carterii plant, of the Burseraceae family. This plant is native to India and Africa but experts say that the Boswelia carterii varieties of the African continent are richer in active ingredients: for this reason African frankincense essential oil is more “valuable”.

The carteri is a small tree that reaches 5 meters in height, has a thick crown of alternate leaves and sports small white flowers that form a racemic inflorescence.

For the production of essential oil, tree resin is used. The essential oil is extracted through a steam distillation process.

This product is popular for its beneficial properties: it is used to promote healing of acne scars, for oily skin and to relieve muscle pain and rheumatism. In aromatherapy this product is considered an excellent antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, astringent, expectorant.

Natural remedies and uses of frankincense essential oil

Thanks to its multiple properties, Boswella carteri  essential oil is useful for several purposes.

Remedy against wrinkles

To make a face wrinkle mask, mix 2 tablespoons of yogurt with 6 drops of Frankincense essential oil, 4 drops of carrot essential oil and 1 tablespoon of oatmeal. Spread the mixture on your face and neck. Keep it for about twenty minutes and remove it using lukewarm water (attention! Tepid and not hot!).

Against stress and anxiety

Put 2 drops of frankincense essential oil in a tablespoon of sweet almond oil. Use this ointment for a relaxing massage on the temples and chest. Massage gently and using circular movements.

Against muscle fatigue

Massage with ointment as described above but this time use 4 drops of essential oil.

Wrinkle Ointment

You can use this ointment instead of the classic wrinkle cream. Dilute 3 drops of frankincense essential oil in a tablespoon of borage oil or add them to a neutral moisturizer.

To perfume your home in a natural way

To perfume the house, it combines well with the essential oil of sandalwood, lavender, pine, myrrh, sweet orange, lemon and bergamot.

Against cough and cold

Suffumigi with baking soda and carterii essential oil can be helpful in relieving coughs and colds.

Frankincense essential oil, contraindications

Avoid use during pregnancy. Like any essential oil, even that of the Boswella carteri plant should not be used pure on the skin. It is important to perform weighted dilutions. For more information, please read the article carrier oil.

Where to buy Frankincense essential oil

The essential oil of the Boswella carteri plant  is not among the most “commercial” oils, therefore it is more difficult to find in herbal medicine. You can buy it in the most well-stocked natural products shops or by taking advantage of the online purchase.

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