Chances are you’ve heard of Frankincense, most likely used in the context of a gift for baby Jesus. For those who don’t know, it’s worth was purported to be on par with precious metals like gold and silver. In fact, frankincense has a long history of being used as a prized and precious essential oil. The Babylonians, Assyrians, and Egyptians used it in religious ceremonies, and for balms and salves. Frankincense is taken from Boswellia when extracted from the bark of the tree. The milky-white sap will harden to a resin, then be scraped from the tree in pear-shaped droplets.
However, while those who used it in biblical times may have thought differently, the ‘essential’ in the case of frankincense oil is not a matter of necessity. In some circles, it is certainly precious, but it is not at all crucial for human health. On the contrary, the ‘essential’ in it and other oils simply speaks to a focus of the oil on the essence of its contents (which would be the frankincense plant on the case of frankincense oil. This does not mean, however, that frankincense is not without value. Read on to discover the potential of Frankincense oil.
Chances are good that you or someone you know suffers from anxiety or depression. Both of these can make it difficult to get through the day, and mileage varies on medication’s effectiveness to combat symptoms, to say nothing of potential side effects. However, preliminary studies as early as 2008 have shown that frankincense can help relieve the symptoms of anxiety and depression in mice. This is due to the compound incensole acetate. In 2012, another study indicated that the aforementioned compound could influence the hippocampus of the brain, further supporting the possibility of frankincense as a treatment option for depression.
Cancer comes in many forms, and because of its prevalence, numerous cures and treatment options are being investigated. One potential option is frankincense oil. Various studies, one from 2009, and one more recently in 2014 have indicated that some compounds within frankincense oil can contribute to cancer death. Specifically, frankincense oil can identify cancerous cells and specifically hamper them, making it difficult for them to survive and reproduce. So far, it seems like frankincense oil can prevent the migration of bladder and colon cancer, and also contribute to their destruction. Perhaps it can do the same for other cancers, too.