frankincense tree

Use for Skin Care, Cancer Support, Arthritis & Pain, Respiratory Support, Stress Relief, Memory, Depression, Boosting Immunity

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  1. BOTANICAL NAME Boswellia serrata
  3. PARTS USED Resin
  4. EXTRACTION METHOD Steam distilled
  5. COLOR Colorless to pale yellow liquid
  7. AROMA Woody, spicy, camphorous odor
  1. Skin Care Frankincense essential oil can help to naturally slow signs of aging, stimulate the generation of new cells, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for healthy, glowing skin.
  2. Arthritis & Pain Frankincense helps reduce inflammation, improves joint function and reduces pain and stiffness. It has the ability to relieve pain associated with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases.
  3. Stress Relief Frankincense has been shown to be effective against stress and anxiety as well as reducing high blood pressure and heart rate.
  4. Cancer Fighter According to research, Boswellia serrata has the ability to suppress cellular network formation and development of multiple cancer cell types. It does this by repressing signaling pathways and cell cycle regulators, making Boswellia serrata a viable candidate for both cancer prevention and treatment.
  5. Boost Immunity Exhibits strong antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, which reflect its immunomodulatory activity and ability to help boost cellular immunity and function.
  6. Increase Memory Frankincense is known to help increase both short-term and long-term memory as well as learning capabilities.
  7. Anti-Depressive Frankincense has antidepressant effects and is often used in depression treatment as a safe and effective alternative.

The History of Frankincense

Frankincense has been traded in the Middle East and North Africa for upwards of 5,000 years. It is believed that the Babylonians and Assyrians burned it during religious ceremonies. The ancient Egyptians bought entire boatloads of the resin from the Phoenicians, using it in incense, insect repellent, perfume and salves for wounds and sores; as well as in the embalming process.

The ancient Greeks and Romans also imported massive amounts, which they burned as incense, used during cremations and took for a wide variety of ailments. By this time, medical practitioners had recognized and documented the substances’ antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, prescribing it for everything from indigestion and chronic coughs to hemorrhoids and halitosis. At the time Jesus is thought to have been born, frankincense and myrrh may have been worth more than their weight in the third gift presented by the wise men: gold.

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PRECAUTIONS Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. If pregnant or lactating, consult your healthcare practitioner before using. If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test before using.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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