Frankincense, also called olibanum, oil is an extract from the resin of the Boswellia carteri tree. The aroma is pleasant, reminiscent of a church sanctuary. With uses documented in ancient Egypt, frankincense has been used to honor the gods and is recognized for its therapeutic properties. Advocates of frankincense oil claim its properties benefit skin tone and can heal wounds. You can promote healthy skin by using frankincense oil alone or mixing it with other oils or lotions. Note that a little frankincense goes a long way.
Things You'll Need
- Frankincense oil
- Body moisturizer or facial cream
- Clean cotton cloth
- Deeply relaxing massage blend
- Carrier oil
- Clary sage
- Ylang ylang
Healing Skin with Frankincense Oil
According to Yoga Wiz, frankincense acts as an astringent and may diminish age spots, blemishes and scars. Use a damp cloth with a few drops of frankincense oil. Gently rub your skin with the cloth. Apply lotion with frankincense oil to blemishes, scars or age spots. Frankincense may tighten skin as it loosens and sags with age. Yoga Wiz claims that the astringent properties of the oil promotes toned skin muscles too.
Blend frankincense with lotion or cream to improve skin tone. Yoga Wiz claims that frankincense oil combined with moisturizer can reduce inflammation and soothe sores and boils. Frankincense oil is strong, so begin with one or two drops in two to four ounces of lotion or cream. You can always add more.
Use frankincense oil as a wash or in a compress to soothe cuts or wounds for its antiseptic properties. According to Yoga Wiz, frankincense oil can prevent cuts or wounds from becoming infected. The website, Esoteric Oils, recommends adding a few drops of frankincense oil to water when washing a cut or wound. To treat a cut or wound, add a few drops of oil to a damp cloth and dab at the affected area or wrap a compress over a cut or wound.
Massage skin with frankincense massage oil. The website, The Hut, offers a recipe for a relaxing massage oil. Create a deeply relaxing massage: blend four drops of frankincense essential oil and one drop each of sandalwood, clary sage and ylang ylang with ten ml of a carrier oil such as grapeseed oil.