Known as the ‘king of oils’ frankincense provides a host of both physical skin benefits and comforting aromatherapeutic properties.
Frankly, this is an exalted oil that’s truly suited for royalty
One of history’s most prized and precious oils, in ancient times frankincense was more valuable than gold. Today, it’s most recognized for its presence in the biblical story as being a gift bestowed by one of the three wise men. With a signature fragrance that marries warm spice, sweet honey and earthy balsam, frankincense has been used for thousands of years for both its physical skin benefits and for spiritual, cleansing rituals. Some of the skin benefits are thought to include supporting healthy cellular function increasing blood flow for enhanced circulation and calming inflammation when taken internally. Topically, it’s known to treat dryness and may help speed the healing of minor wounds, scars or insect bites, while soothing and rejuvenating the skin. It also has antiseptic, antibacterial and analgesic properties.
Known for its superior comforting properties, when it’s inhaled, frankincense may help create a sense of relaxation and wellness. Extracted from the resin of the Boswellia tree, its usage dates back to at least 3,000 BC, when it was a valuable trading commodity in the Middle East and North Africa. Assyrians and Babylonians burned frankincense as part of their sacred rituals. And ancient Egyptians used it in everything from perfumes and salves to eyeliner and their all-important mummification processes. Around 500 BC it became a tool for eastern medicine and was highly valued in China for its circulation enhancing ability. Today frankincense may cost less than gold, but it’s still considered a highly valued and prized essential oil.