Frankincense - Natural remedy of the month
NATURAL REMEDY OF THE MONTH -
It was only over last month’s Christmas period that I realized that frankincense was a lot more than just a gift from one of the Three Wise Men and a substance commonly used as incense. One report said that frankincense is now being officially investigated to assist in the treatment of some cancers.
Certainly, many people claim a variety of health benefits from the essential oils of frankincense.
More Natural Remedy Information:
Frankincense is a resin or dried tree sap that comes from trees (boswellia caraterii). It is mainly produced in the southern Arabian peninsula, and especially in Oman, Yemen and also across in Somalia.
Generally it is used as a sweet smelling incense and it is also used in aromatherapy. Most of the health benefits come for the essential oil which has a number of identified useful components such as alpha pinene, actanol, bornyl acetate, linalool, octyl acetate, incensole and incensyl acetate.
If like me you don’t recognise any of those names, basically its properties are said to act as an anti-septic, a disinfectant, an astringent, a carminative, a diuretic, a tonic and a sedative. You should not use frankincense oil on its own on the skin, but mixed with “carriers” it is said to have a number of beneficial effects.
Reports say that:
Increasingly there are a number of commercial products coming on the market that include frankincense to give benefit, and thanks to increasing interest, production rather than price is going up. You can find frankincense products in health stores and many mainline pharmacists and also increasingly in mainstream supermarkets.
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