Frankincense is an ancient product that has been cherished for centuries for its aromatic qualities. It has, however, a wide array of possible modern uses. We shall look briefly at some of the most important ways in which frankincense can be put to productive use in today’s world.
Skin Care Usages
The essential oil that can be extracted from frankincense has an extraordinary effect on human skin. Just add a few drops of this oil to a lotion, soap, shampoo, moisturizer, or gel of your choice, and you can create your own frankincense skin cream. This sort of cream does wonders to fight sores, burns, cuts, rashes, etc. Body creams can take a higher dosage of frankincense, but be careful not to load facial cream too heavily with this product as it is very powerful.
Shower and Bath Uses
A few drops of frankincense on your wash cloth can do wonders for your shower. Rub it all over your body just before taking a final, hot rinse off. It is also helpful to mix a little frankincense into bath water, but you must dilute it with some other item. That is because frankincense essential oil will not dissolve in water. It is so potent that it may not be pleasant to simply let it float in full dosage on the water’s surface.
Instead, dilute it with vegetable oil, olive oil, coconut oil, massage oil, honey, or epsom salts. Lowering the bath temperature, using only a few drops of frankincense, and reducing soak time also help to avoid any negative side effects.
An effective compress can be made by putting a few drops of frankincense into a bowl of cold water. Then just throw a rag in and let it soak up the water. Ring the rag out, and place it on your forehead. This treatment is very relaxing when you are hot, sore, or over-worked.
Joint and Muscle Pain
Frankincense added to other oils can make a great aromatherapy applicant. This will help with joint and muscle pain. Consult an expert to find out which oils specifically to combine for each type of muscle ache.
If you are one of those rare individuals who has access to fresh, green frankincense, you can dilute a small sliver of it in water overnight and drink that water in the morning. This is an old method from Oman that helps with stomach problems, including stomach ulcers.
Frankincense essential oil can be rather expensive, and the fresh gum is even more pricey. But, if used in small amounts, many will be able to benefit from this substance. A little bit goes a long way, and it has a number of important uses. Adding a little frankincense to your list of beauty and health products will be a wise investment.
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