Frankincense for Skin | Why We're Infatuated with All of It's Benefits

frankincense for skinFrankincense Benefits for Skin

Frankincense is one of my most favorite essential oils for skin care.  The smell is intoxicating yet subtle, it instantly brings about a wash of calm over me, and it is an anxiety reducer that I rely on time and time again.

Frankincense is an ancient oil brimming with beauty benefits which has been extensively used for a number of health purposes in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. 

Our Multi Corrective Eye Cream is an excellent choice for bringing frankincense into your skin care plan.  It can help hydrate and repair, reduce the signs of aging, puffiness, and discoloration. 

Those benefits range from fading scars to fighting premature aging. 

Known as the king of essential oils, in ancient times frankincense was considered to be one of the most valuable commodities. For this reason, pure frankincense was often referred to as 'liquid gold' and was a highly prized commodity for trade and commerce.

The beauty benefits of frankincense for skin range from helping control oily skin to fighting the signs of aging.  Frankincense is great for oily skin and acne because it’s a natural astringent.  It helps regulate sebum and stops your face excessive oil. 

Frankincense can soothe and reduce inflammation and can also help prevent acne forming thanks to the boswellic acids it contains which are capable of killing bacteria associated with acne.

As for its anti aging abilities, it’s famous for its wrinkle-reducing superpowers, thanks to frankincense’s cytophylactic properties.  It stimulates cell regeneration and also protects older cells from free radical damage.

We know that frankincense has been a part of health and beauty since the beginning of time, or at least the beginning of when man began to record the trade of spices.   It’s very interesting to find out how ingredients became a part of health and beauty routines.  Read on for some information on how frankincense originated as a top ingredient for well being and beauty.

The History of Frankincense

Frankincense has been traded on the the Arabian Peninsula for more than 6,000 years.  It was also traded from Horn of Africa during the Silk Road era.  Frankincense was reintroduced to Western Europe by Frankish Crusaders, and other Western Europeans on their journeys to the Eastern Roman Empire where it was commonly used in church services. Although named Frankincense, the name refers to the quality of incense brought to Western Europe, not to the Franks themselves.

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 Somalis to get around this problem, that being the burning of the gum of the styrax tree whose smoke would drive the snakes away.

Our Multi Corrective Eye Cream is an excellent choice for bringing frankincense into your skin care plan.  It can help hydrate and repair, reduce the signs of aging, puffiness, and discoloration. 

Historical Medical Uses of Frankincense

In Chinese medicine, frankincense along with myrrh have anti-bacterial properties as well as blood-moving uses.  

It has been used topically and orally, also used in surgical and internal medicine of traditional Chinese medicine.

It is used to relieve pain, remove blood stasis, promote blood circulation and treat deafness, stroke, locked jaw, and abnormalities' in women's menstruation.

The Egyptians cleansed body cavities in the mummification process with frankincense and natron. In Persian medicine, it is used for diabetes, gastritis and stomach ulcer.

The incense offering occupied a prominent position in the sacrificial legislation of the ancient Hebrews.  The Book of Exodus (30:34-38) prescribes frankincense, blended with equal amounts of three aromatic spices, to be ground and burnt in the sacred altar before the Ark of the Covenant in the wilderness Tabernacle, where it was meant to be a holy offering—not to be enjoyed for its fragrance.

Scholars have identified frankincense as what the Book of Jeremiah (6:20) relates was imported from Sheba during the 6th century BC Babylonian captivity.

Frankincense is mentioned in the New Testament as one of the three gifts (with gold and myrrh) that the magi "from the East" presented to the Christ Child (Matthew 2:11).

Generally speaking, the oil is also used in Abrahamic religions to cleanse the house or building of bad or evil energy - including used in exorcisms and to bless one's being (like the bakhoor commonly found in Persian Gulf cultures by spreading the fumes towards the body).

In summary, modern day uses of frankincense are the prevention and alleviation of:

  • Asthma
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Gingivitis
  • Cancer care and prevention

How Can Frankincense Help for Your Skin?

There are 5 main ways to help your skin with frankincense.

Strengthen and tone skin.  The use of frankincense in skin care products can help tone the skin and create a more supple feel.

Reduce blemishes.  Frankincense has the ability to calm down skin volatility and therefore ward off breakouts, combined with the ability to work as an antiseptic, keeping those potential breakout areas clean and healthy.

Reduction of oil production.  Frankincense has the ability to balance skin and reduce the amount of oil your skin might normally create.

Anti-inflammatory for skin.  Frankincense has long been an anti-inflammatory for the body and skin, and it’s still a wonderful way to calm skin and ward off the effects of irritated skin.

Tissue remodeling.  Not only can skin reduce inflammation and balance skin, which is important conditions in the regeneration of tissue in the skin, but it also encourages the production of collagen.   

Our Multi Corrective Eye Cream is an excellent choice for bringing frankincense into your skin care plan.  It can help hydrate and repair, reduce the signs of aging, puffiness, and discoloration.  

Conclusion

Frankincense is not just an essential oil – but essential in skin care.  It’s many benefits will prove to be something you can’t live without.  Have rejuvenated, balanced, more toned skin with frankincense.