Frankincense or olibanum is an essential oil that is most commonly used in aromatherapy as well as in a number of beauty products and perfumes. Frankincense are sourced from the stems, roots and leaves of ‘Boswellia carterii’ or ‘Boswellia sacara’ trees that are mostly found in the barren and deserted areas. Countries like Oman, Somalia, and Yemen are best known for its production. Use of frankincense for skin is highly recommended as it has magic healing power for many skin-related issues. Some other advantages include relieving stress, curing inflammation, boosting immunity and fighting some specific types of cancers.
What Are the Benefits of Frankincense in Skincare?
Healthy Cell Regeneration of Skin
Its great ability to restructure and regenerate the skin cells and tissues, promises a younger looking skin. By using its sap regularly, you will see noticeably fewer wrinkles and fine lines.
Frankincense oil could be the best skin conditioner and can be used as a day and night cream. Simply add a couple of its drops in the regular cream or lotion to get the best results.
Clean and Clear Skin
Those who want a blemish free, spotless skin, frankincense is the key ingredient. All the skin related issues like stretch marks, acne, surgery marks and various other scars can be removed by regular use of it.
Frankincense is the best disinfectant and can be used to heal cuts without leaving any mark. Its medicinal properties help stop the bleeding.
A Great Solution to Insect’s Bites
A tiny drop of frankincense oil can work wonders to a poisonous insect’s bite and also alleviates the itching and discomfort, thus quickening the healing process.
Easy Cure for Warts
None of us like the appearance of warts on our skin. Using frankincense for skin warts is an easy cure. It’s regular application on wart-inflicted area, twice a day helps removing them gradually.
The Best Way to Use Frankincense Oil
Mostly used in aromatherapy, frankincense oil can be used in two different ways.
Through inhaling (aromatherapy)
By massage that absorbs it in the skin
Never apply it directly on your skin. Adding some odorless lotion or carrier oil like shea butter, coconut oil or jojoba oil is highly recommended. A small amount of frankincense is good enough to achieve the target.
Note: Before buying it, make sure it’s 100% pure essential oil that is sourced from plants. As the ordinary scented or perfumed oils are more likely to be made by chemical synthesis. These synthetic oils are not going to be of any use to your health.
Frankincense is an easy to use ingredient that increases your skin’s beauty. Here are a few simple ways to use it.
Use a few drops of it in your favorite cream or lotion to get the great benefits. For facial use, opt for less quantity of frankincense as compared to the other body parts.
Simply adding it to the pure water, can function like a toner for your skin. Put this mixture in a spray gun. Shake well before use and spray lightly on your face.
Some DIY Recipes for Using Frankincense Oil
Natural Body Butter to Reduce Scars
For all of you who want to get rid of those scary scars on any part of your body, follow these simple steps to have healthy looking skin.
Ingredients you need:
2 ounces of carrier oil (shea butter or coconut oil)
Jasmine oil: 10 drops only
Frankincense oil: 10 drops only
A container to mix them up
Steps to follow:
1. Get that carrier oil in a liquid form by heating it.
2. Add the other ingredients in it and mix it well.
3. Leave it until it cools down to the room temperature (or a little warmer).
How to use it:
Just apply this texture on the scar you want to get rid of.
Or if you want to store it in a jar, just like any other cream we normally use, get it cooled down by keeping in refrigerator for a few minutes. Whip it strongly with a hand mixer. Keep doing it, until the oil turns into a white creamy texture.
Night Cream/ Beauty Cream
This miraculous formula is not only a beauty facial cream but it’s a gift for those facing sleeping disorder. It’s glow boosting ingredients help removing undesirable scars and blemishes from your face. At the same time, functioning as a night cream, it gives you a sound sleep.
Ingredients you need:
Pure frankincense oil: just 5 drops
Lavender oil (pure): 5 drops only
Coconut oil (organic): 1/5 tbsp.
Olive oil: ½ tsp.
A container for mixing
Steps to follow:
1. Get soft (not melted) coconut oil. To get it in that form, you can heat it up a bit.
2. Combine all other oils in it and stir well.
How to use it:
Using this formula of frankincense for skincare is quite simple. Just apply it all over the face and body to get that dreamy feel.
Side Effects of Using Frankincense
There have not been any alarming side effects of using frankincense. The only precautionary measure is to use it in small quantity, like we did in the recipes mentioned above. Using a bigger amount may cause toxification.
People using it may face some minor reactions. It is highly significant to know them before using it. These may include;
Minor skin rashes
Nausea and stomach problem
It can be blood thinner (not recommended for people with blood clotting issues)
To avoid any possible drug reactions, it is recommended to use it after doctor’s advice.