Frankincense is an ancient substance with a long history of use in many cultures and traditions.
Originating from the Old French word “franc-encens”, the word “frankincense” literally means “pure incense” or “high-quality incense”.
It comes from the resin of the Boswellia tree, which grows in the dry, mountainous regions of the Middle East and East Africa. The resin has a nice and woody scent to it.
Frankincense has been used in religious ceremonies, as well as for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. In recent years, it has become a popular ingredient in skincare products due to its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
Benefits of Using Frankincense
One of the most popular uses of frankincense is in skincare. The resin is packed with powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties that make it a valuable ingredient in many beauty products. Here are some of the benefits of using frankincense in your skincare routine:
Has anti-aging properties
Frankincense can help stimulate the production of elastin and collagen, two proteins that are essential for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness. Regular use of frankincense in your skincare routine can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging.
Soothes inflamed skin
Frankincense contains compounds that can help reduce inflammation and redness, making it an excellent ingredient for people with acne and eczema. Reducing inflammation can help to improve the overall health of the skin.
Contains excellent moisturizing properties
When the skin is less inflamed, it is better able to retain moisture and prevent water loss, which can improve overall skin hydration.
Protects your skin against bacteria
Frankincense has been shown to have antibacterial properties that can be beneficial for the skin. Research has shown that it has the ability to inhibit the growth of a variety of harmful bacteria which are known to cause skin infections and acne.
Supports your immune system
Frankincense may support the immune system through its anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation can weaken the immune system and make the body more susceptible to illness and disease. Frankincense contains compounds that can help to reduce inflammation, which in turn may support a stronger immune response.
Additionally, Frankincense contains a variety of antioxidant compounds that may help to protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals, hence supporting the overall immune health.
Promotes feelings of relaxation and calm
Frankincense is a popular essential oil in aromatherapy due to its many potential benefits for the mind and body. Frankincense has been shown to have a calming effect on the nervous system, which can help to reduce feelings of anxiety, stress, and tension.
So far, we’ve looked at what frankincense is as well as its benefits. But what exactly can you use it for? Let’s find out.
As we mentioned above, frankincense skincare is quite popular. You can see in our How-To articles that frankincense is used often due to its properties. We make from it extracts which we use in our natural handmade skincare products like soaps, body scrubs, creams and others. In addition to its extracts, we use its essential oil as well.
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Frankincense essential oil is one of the more popular use cases. This is due to frankincense’s powerful aromatherapeutic qualities. For instance, you can add a few drops of frankincense oil to your bath. This will help you feel more relaxed.
There you have it. Frankincense is one of our core ingredients. You will see often in our DIY products due to its multitude of benefits.