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Where Sacred Scents Meet Medicine: Frankincense

September 10, 2021

Where Sacred Scents Meet Medicine: Frankincense

Frankincense is one of the rarest and most exquisite scents on the planet. Sweet and earthy aromatic notes boost moods, clearing negative energy, and creating a space of calm and renewal. Once considered a luxury reserved for royals, Frankincense has been used in sacred ceremonies as early as 1500 BC.

And it’s no wonder…

Not only does its sweet, earthy, piney scent soothe and calm, it has health benefits that can prevent the spread of disease and purify the air.

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Properties

In the past, poor hygiene and sanitation contributed to the spread of disease in gathering places, such as public squares and temples. And throughout history, sacred Frankincense was a way to dispel foul odors — at that time, often associated with negativity, disease, and evil spirits — while also effectively cleansing the space.

We now know that bad smells can come from pathogenic microbes, which can spread illness. The use of Frankincense throughout history not only enhanced the scent of indoor temples and public spaces, but with its antimicrobial properties, it was purifying the air and improving the health of visitors by removing disease-causing microbes.

So, although Frankincense is mainly recognized as a ceremonial accompaniment, this surprisingly therapeutic side of frankincense supported cleanliness and health in gathering places, like public squares and temples.

And its medicinal properties are remarkable.

  • Antimicrobial
  • Antiseptic
  • Anti-arthritic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Immunity-enhancing
  • Skin regenerating
  • Respiratory supporting
  • Mood-boosting

It’s no wonder that Frankincense has been around for so long!

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Applications

Frankincense can come as incense, resin, or essential oil. Let’s take a look at how one might use Frankincense Essential Oil for soothing, clarifying, and spiritual relief.

PALM INHALATION

This method is the easiest for a quick, clarifying, and uplifting effect.

Simply place a drop in the palm of your hand and rub your palms together. Place your hands over your face and deeply inhale the scent from your palms.

DIFFUSE

This method is perfect for creating a sacred, temple-like atmosphere for your home. It also purifies the air and can keep sickness at bay during the change of seasons.

Add a few drops of Frankincense to your diffuser. For added therapeutic benefits, consider additional oils. Wood essential oils blend nicely with Frankincense, such as sandalwood and cedarwood, or citruses, like Grapefruit Essential Oil or Bergamot Essential Oil.

MASSAGE OIL

Frankincense has incredible anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory properties. Add several drops to any massage oil to soothe the skin and keep active muscles limber. We love it with Champa-Infused Almond Oil, because the sweetness of the carrier oil combines perfectly with Frankincense.

HOT TOWEL

Frankincense is great for respiratory health. Add a few drops to a hot towel and place it on the chest to open congested airways.

COLD COMPRESS

This botanical is soothing to an overworked, fatigued, or arthritic body.

Add several drops to a cold compress to soothe swollen or inflamed joints, bruises, or pains.

frankincense bottleSelecting a Frankincense Oil

There are many kinds of Frankincense available on the market. We’re proud to offer the highest quality frankincense oils sourced from a range of diverse locations and distillers: always fresh, organic, and ethically sourced.

While frankincense varieties tend to offer the same therapeutic benefits, they differ in aromas.

FRANKINCENSE PAPYRIFERRA ESSENTIAL OIL *available in limited qualities as a special release throughout the year

Wild-harvested in the mountainous regions of Ethiopia, this variety contains more subtle and distinctly fruity and citrus notes, with a predominance of soft orange notes. It is said to possess unique properties for both enlivening and relaxing the mind and emotions.

FRANKINCENSE RIVAE ESSENTIAL OIL *available in limited qualities as a special release throughout the year

Wild-harvested in Ethiopia, this is a "finer" variety that is used in perfumery, because of its complex, soft, woody, and elegant aroma.

FRANKINCENSE SERRATA

This variety is considered to be the richest and most exquisite in scent and quality. Wild-harvested in India, its aroma contains notes of lemon, citrus, and pine.

FRANKINCENSE SACRA ESSENTIAL OIL *available in limited qualities as a special release throughout the year

This exquisite, wild-harvested frankincense oil from Oman is one of the most prized frankincense essential oils. Its spicy, sweet and refreshing aroma makes it one of the most delicate and complexly scented varieties of Frankincense.

With a wide range of sacred aromas and undeniably health benefits, it’s no wonder this multi-functional, immune-enhancing, mood-boosting oil has remained so sought after, even in the modern world.

And right now, you can get any of our incredible Frankincense oils (and ANY other Floracopeia product) for up to 25% Off during our End of Summer Sale!

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