Essential oils are becoming more and more popular as people continue to realize all their wonderful uses and therapeutic healing properties. One of these beneficial oils is frankincense. Frankincense comes from a small tree shrub native to northeast Africa.
This oil can be used topically or aromatically and has an earthy balsam fragrance. Frankincense is also a powerful astringent that helps protect skin cells. This makes it a useful tool for reducing blemishes, wrinkles, and signs of aging.
Frankincense can be used to treat arthritis and respiratory conditions (asthma, bronchitis) by inhibiting the inflammatory process and improving blood supply. A 2012 study even found that a chemical compound in frankincense is successful at killing cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapy.
The scent of this essential oil pairs well with lemon, lavender, patchouli, rose and cedarwood. Try different combinations to find your favorite blend!