Frankincense essential oil is perhaps one of the best known essential oils of the Bible. It is mentioned in 21 verses in the Old and New Testaments.
Frankincense is one of the elements listed in Exodus 30:34 where God instructs Moses in how to make incense. The incense of the Bible was a perfume composed of different spices and Frankincense that was burned on the altar. Like Anointing Oil, the incense was not to be imitated or used elsewhere.
Frankincense is steam distilled from the resin of the Boswellia tree. The resin is extracted by making a small, shallow incision on the trunk or branches of the tree. The resin drains from the tree as a milky substance that coagulates once it comes in contact with air. After a few days, the resin is collected by hand.
Frankincense Essential Oil and the Wise Men
Frankincense is perhaps best known as one of the gifts the Wise Men brought for the birth of Jesus as recorded in Matthew 2:11. For this reason, Frankincense is often referred to as the “King of Oils.” The oil helps relaxing the body and can assist in calming nerves, irritability and restlessness. Which is why it was often given to newborns and their mothers in ancient times. Frankincense also has analgesic properties which can help with relieving discomfort.
The oil was also used in anointing baby kings and as incense in Temple worship throughout History. Hebrew mothers used it to diffuse evil spirits from their homes. The oil is thought to increases spiritual awareness and to promote meditation. It is recognized in many religious and spiritual traditions as an aid for meditation, spiritual focus and concentration.
Frankincense has profound psychological properties including a reduction of mental “chatter,” emotional bondage, agitation, and worry. The oil can uplift your mood. If you add Frankincense essential oil to your bath water, it helps induce a feeling of peace and relaxation which can help relieve stress. You can also diffuse frankincense help fight anxiousness and add a feeling of relaxation in your home.
Frankincense essential oil helps supports healthy cellular function. It is also a powerful astringent, which helps protect the skin. Applying the oil to your skin can help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, and even help prevent wrinkles. Always be sure to always do a small patch area first to test for possible allergic reactions.