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Frankincense Essential Oil Skin Care Recipes
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This precious essential oil is a name many of us are familiar with in terms of our religious faiths.
Long being revered as a holy oil in the Middle Eastern countries, Frankincense essential oil is one of the most expensive oils out of all essential oils known today.
That being said, its extensive health benefits far outweighs most that I have come across, that’s for sure.
The oil may be used topically, internally, aromatically and neat.
Check out How to Use Essential Oil in Four Applications for more in-depth ways you may use all four methods.
Bleeding the Bark of Boswellia Sacra Tree
What is Frankincense?
Frankincense, also known as Olibanum, is a resin that comes from the genus of Boswellia trees. The bark of the Boswellia is slashed and the milky like resin is permitted to ooze out and harden. Resins may vary from white to amber in coloring when hardened.
The oil is extracted through the method of steam distillation. There are several different species of Boswellia that produce Frankincense but it is the Boswellia sacra species that is regarded as producing the best.
Whilst this tree grows in a variety of places, including India and Asia, it is native to the Arabian Peninsula (notably Oman and Yemen) and in the northeast African country of Somalia where it grows abundantly.
These small deciduous trees have the ability to withstand the most arid and dry conditions often found growing on rocky terrain, in arid forests or alongside ravines.
The trees will start producing the famous resin when they reach at least 8 years old.
The different growing conditions throughout the world have a direct influence on the quality and scent of oil. Perfume varies from smelling very fresh to a spicy, balsamic sweet aroma.
Boswellia sacra Tree
Some of the Benefits of Frankincense
- Insect Bites
- Strengthens Immune System
- High Blood Pressure
- Sciatic pain
- Respiratory Illnesses
- Improves Memory Function
Bag of Resin for Sale in The Spice Souk, Dubai
Frankincense Essential Oil
Using Frankincense in Skin Care
This precious oil is excellent for mature or dry skin and may be easily used in homemade skin care recipes.
Always take care whenever using this or any essential oil, you may be using a small quantity but they are powerful and potent.
A patch test on the skin should always be done prior to using a new essential oil.
Mix a drop in a drop of carrier oil (such as coconut oil, wheat germ oil or almond oil) you have and apply it inside the elbow.
For more information on carrier oils see My Top 10 Carrier Oils for Homemade Beauty products.
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Ever tried Frankincense?
Frankincense Face mask (dehydrated or mature dry skin)
2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
2 drops Neroli Essential Oil
2 drops Rose Essential Oil
6 tsp Apricot Kernel Oil
1-2 tsp Clear, Organic Honey (warm, runny consistency)
1 tbsp Ground Almonds (fine texture)
Small heat resistant bowl or jar with lid
Spoon / Spatula
Grind almonds in a blender or coffee grinder if not a fine texture. The finer the texture the more effective this mask will be.
Mix the oils, warmed runny honey and almonds together.
The consistency should be a soft paste so if more almonds are need add a teaspoon or more if needed. If it is too thick add another teaspoon of runny honey.
This mask must be applied immediately or within 2 hours.
This must be applied to a totally cleansed skin.
While cleansing the skin, stand the bowl or jar in slightly cooled boiling water for a few minutes to warm up. Doing this adds to the therapeutic benefits and effectiveness of the ingredients as warmed it will open up the pores.
Apply with a mask brush or fingertips avoiding the eye area.
Leave for 15 minutes. Remove by rinsing in tepid water and pat the skin dry.
No Ground Almonds or allergic to nuts? Substitute with Oatmeal or Rice Flour.
No Apricot Kernel Oil? Try Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil,
Quick Frankincense Face Moisturizer
Here a couple of easy moisturizing serums that are easy may be stored and make great gift ideas. Always make sure your bottle if not dark in color is stored away from the light, essential oils need to be kept in a dark place.
Your moisturizer is best applied using facial massage movements. Check outHow to administer a Facial Massage to Yourself.
2 drops Rose
2 drops Frankincense
6 tsps (30ml) Evening Primrose Oil
1 Vitamin E capsule or 1 tsp Wheat germ Oil ( both are natural preservatives and contain antioxidants)
Mix all the oils together and give a good shake in your bottle.
Use sparingly, only use a tiny amount.
Credible Resources, Further Information ~
- Bulk organic herbs, spices & essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs
- doTERRA - Essential Oils - United States
doTERRA is a company committed to sharing the life-enhancing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oil enhanced wellness products with the world
- Frankincense - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- Health Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil | Essential Oils | Health Benefits
The health benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties like antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic.
- Blending and Mixing Essential Oils
Mixing essential oils for health or aroma can often be more effective than using any single oil alone, and blending essential oils can complement and enhance each other to create some wonderful results.
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