Although an ancient herb, frankincense has been used for centuries up until today for the respiratory system, immune system, nervous system and in skin care products.
This powerful antiseptic grows wild throughout north-east Africa and is shipped all over the world. Herbalists and doctors in the East and West have used its curative properties for digestive issues, cancer, urinary tract infections, rheumatism, respiratory infections, and many other ailments.
For the past five years, around this time I make an infused Immunity oil to carry us through the flu and cold season. We rub the oil on our chest, feet, back, neck and along our spine.
You can find Frankincense resin in any local herb shop. Herbalists will be able to make a blend for you based on your needs.
I must note that each person reacts differently to herbs and resins, so always do a skin patch test before using on your skin.
Just for Fun!
Did you know? Frankincense is mentioned in the Bible. In the new testament, it is one of the gifts given to Jesus by the wise men. In Exodus 30:34-36 it is listed in the recipe for the Holy Incense.
Frankincense is also mentioned in Numbers 16:46-50. In this passage, Aaron is told to use frankincense to stop a plague. We aren’t told what the plague was. It could have been a virus, bacteria, or fungal plague. We just don’t know. But whatever caused it, the frankincense stopped it. Remember that frankincense has anti-infectious properties. So, whatever infectious thing was spreading like the plague was eliminated.
“The Greek historian Herodotus was familiar with Frankincense and knew it was harvested from trees in southern Arabia. He reported that the gum was dangerous to harvest because of venomous snakes that lived in the trees. He goes on to describe the method used by the Arabs to get around this problem, that being the burning of the gum of the styrax tree whose smoke would drive the snakes away. The resin is also mentioned by Theophrastus and by Pliny the Elder in his Naturalis Historia“. Wikipedia
God Bless you and yours!
- A Wise Man’s Cure: Frankincense and Myrrh (history.com)