We all know the Bible story about the Three Wise Men bringing Baby Jesus gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These Magi were known as healers, and thousands of years later, frankincense and myrrh essential oils have a myriad of healing powers. Are you using these oils to their healing potential?
Both frankincense and myrrh are gum resins that are extracted from shrub-like trees in the Burseraceae family, which grow in dry climates across parts of Asia and Africa, including India, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia and Somalia. They have been used for thousands of years for their healing powers.
Frankincense Essential Oil
According to a 2013 Leicester University study, a chemical compound called AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid) found in the gum resin frankincense has potential cancer-killing properties for breast, prostate, ovarian, and colon cancers.
Additional benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil may include:
- Immune booster
- Antiseptic and disinfectant
- Apply to minor cuts and scrapes to protect against infections
- Use during meditation or to help relax and manage stress and anxiety
- Relieve indigestion and GI discomfort
- Fade wrinkles and scars
- Balance hormones and minimize PMS and menopause symptoms
- Minimize bad breath
- Pain relief for muscles, joints, and tendons.
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Myrrh Essential Oil
Myrrh Essential Oil can be more expensive than Frankincense, but it offers additional potential health benefits such as:
- Immune booster
- Athletes foot and eczema
- Wound healing
- Respiratory issues
- Reduce cholesterol
- Digestive aid
- Prevent hair loss
- Parasite treatment
- Anti-aging and healthy skin
- Gingivitis, gum disease, and freshen breath
- Manage stress.
The combination of frankincense and myrrh Essential Oils together has an even greater impact!
Safety and Essential Oils
These Essential Oils (and all essential oils) are potent, and it is strongly recommended to always use essential oils safely. Frankincense and myrrh should not be used during pregnancy. If you have any questions about your condition or the safety of these essential oils, speak with a naturopath about how to use them.
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