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5 Benefits and Uses of Frankincense — And 7 Myths

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Herbs, spices, plants, and anything in nature has been known to provide more than just mixing up a nice recipe for tonight’s dinner, they have been known to be the greatest tools for everything ranging from spiritual work, magic, to even health benefits. These practices has been known and proven for thousands of years before pharmaceuticals even existed. Not taking away anything from that industry, it does have its benefits, but it’s important to also weigh the pros from the cons on both sides.

In this article, we’ll be touching on..

  • Pharmaceuticals VS The “gifts” In The Bible. 
  • The Conscious Difference Between The Tree Of The Ego VS The Tree of Life.
  • The Universe’s Version Of Treatments Of All Dis-Ease.

So before we continue this article, the information you’re about to read is catered only to those who resonate and vibe with pure unconditional love and consciousness, a desire to stay in a high vibration, and/or seeking alternative holistic ways in the face of todays bombardment of media coverage and fear-based headlines — especially if you’re surrounded by those who are constantly entertaining the doom & gloom of scenarios.

First order of business is allowing and freeing yourself. What this means is acknowledging and accepting the universal fact that you can NOT control what others believe, think about, and what they will do. You can not control governments, people, society, members of your own family, friends, and you sure as hell can not control what the media covers. These are outside of your control mechanism. We are pretty sure that you did not sign an agreement within the fabrics of the universe and galaxies to fix anyone or anything else, and your Creator wrote the contract. You did not sign a contract to “win souls”, but to transcend your OWN soul. Until you acknowledge that fact, and you let go of trying to control everyone and everything, you will be caught down in the world of affects, and you will constantly live in your hell on earth, repeating itself again and again. You MUST — for your sake and sanity, let others (including governments, the media, people) be what THEY decide to be, and YOU set yourself free. 

When it comes to pharmaceuticals and synthetic chemicals, we go by what we call “the fruit”, or “the vibe”, or “the reputation” of what these products offer apart from the natural remedies our Creators provided for us. We also see it from the point of view of spiritual versus physical.

For example; in the Bible, it speaks of two trees within the garden…of Eden. One, is the Tree of Life. With this life is granted health and abundance. What health and abundance means is totally up to you and your soul journey, however it keeps you aligned with your purpose, as well as in a higher vibration of consciousness. On the contrary, there is also the Tree of the knowledge of “good and evil”…in this case we’ll shorten it to the Tree of the Ego, for which Atom and Eve allegedly ate from. After they ate, they finally realize that with their physical eyes, they were naked and hid from their truth (Psalms 82:6). They could not face each other and be okay with seeing who they really were, so the story goes that they banished themselves from the Garden of Eden (where nature heals and cleanse), and accepted less than who they really were, and now is where humanity find itself.

Ever told yourself that you were not worthy enough, or you were not “beautiful” enough, you will never be healthy or wealthy? Ever felt less than? This is you banishing yourself from your own Garden of Eden, which is a consciousness of abundance, health, wealth, and everything you can imagine is available to you without an assistance of another human being. But imagine how many feel they can’t even experience that.

So think about this for a moment; Eve allegedly ate from the apple (knowledge) of the fruit (manifesting) of good and evil. The funny thing about this is the confusion between the two. What’s considered “good” to you could be “evil” to the next person, and vice versa. Wars and conflict is inflicted upon families and nations based on one “good guy” trying to force the “bad guy”  to believe what they consider “good”. Then, we study throughout our lives on what we believe is good or bad, and reinforce this belief, thus, pass it on to our next generation, thus, continue the tradition of more warfare. This is why you have “experts” in the field of every “evil” thing out there ranging from demons, hell, sickness, diseases to even mental issues, to government regimes. And imagine adding all that to everyone with these expertise fighting to be right.

Everyone wants to be right regardless of the subject and despite the consequences of being right. For example, the body feels a flu-like symptom when it’s severely acidic and imbalanced in its energy points or “chakras”. Only YOU are an expert on how you feel, however, God-forbid you tell others there’s “no such thing as the CV“, and they will demonize and persecute you — because they, or the health experts, MUST be right.

Then you have the tree of life.

This is the most boring of all trees because it doesn’t contain a drug that most who live by the body is addicted to; fear.

Fear is one helluva drug, and can inflict anyone at anytime. The tree of life is simple, easy, and free. It allows abundance while dissipating resistance. It add automatic knowledge into you so you can stay healthy, abundant and wise, while being able to give unto others. It brings you back into nature, and make it easier for you to live within the spirit while YOU control your body. In other words; big pharmaceuticals and the media entertain those who feast on the Tree of the Ego, while holistic, plant and herb based living inform those who live on the Tree of Life.

Speaking of the Tree of Life, let’s explore the herbs, roots and plants that the Universe provided for us to keep us allowing health, abundance, a sound mind, and wisdom in our life:

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Article source: healthline.com

Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is made from the resin of the Boswellia tree. It typically grows in the dry, mountainous regions of India, Africa and the Middle East.

Frankincense has a woody, spicy smell and can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin, steeped into a tea or taken as a supplement.

Used in Ayurvedic medicine for hundreds of years, frankincense appears to offer certain health benefits, from improved arthritis and digestion to reduced asthma and better oral health. It may even help fight certain types of cancer.

Here are 5 science-backed benefits of frankincense — as well as 7 myths.

1. May Reduce Arthritis

Frankincense has anti-inflammatory effects that may help reduce joint inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Researchers believe that frankincense can prevent the release of leukotrienes, which are compounds that can cause inflammation (1Trusted Source, 2Trusted Source).

Terpenes and boswellic acids appear to be the strongest anti-inflammatory compounds in frankincense (3Trusted Source, 4Trusted Source).

Test-tube and animal studies note that boswellic acids may be as effective as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — with fewer negative side effects (5Trusted Source).

In humans, frankincense extracts may help reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (6).

In one recent review, frankincense was consistently more effective than a placebo at reducing pain and improving mobility (7).

In one study, participants given 1 gram per day of frankincense extract for eight weeks reported less joint swelling and pain than those given a placebo. They also had a better range of movement and were able to walk further than those in the placebo group (8Trusted Source).

In another study, boswellia helped reduce morning stiffness and the amount of NSAID medication needed in people with rheumatoid arthritis (9Trusted Source).

That said, not all studies agree and more research is needed.

Summary Frankincense’s anti-inflammatory effects may help reduce symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. However more high-quality studies are needed to confirm these effects.

2. May Improve Gut Function

Frankincense’s anti-inflammatory properties may also help your gut function properly.

This resin appears particularly effective at reducing symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two inflammatory gut diseases.

In one small study in people with Crohn’s disease, frankincense extract was as effective as the pharmaceutical drug mesalazine at reducing symptoms (11Trusted Source).

Another study gave people with chronic diarrhea 1,200 mg of boswellia — the tree resin frankincense is made from — or a placebo each day. After six weeks, more participants in the boswellia group had cured their diarrhea compared to those given the placebo (12Trusted Source).

What’s more, 900–1,050 mg of frankincense daily for six weeks proved as effective as a pharmaceutical in treating chronic ulcerative colitis — and with very few side effects (13Trusted Source, 14Trusted Source).

However, most studies were small or poorly designed. Therefore, more research is needed before strong conclusions can be made.

Summary Frankincense may help reduce symptoms of Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis by reducing inflammation in your gut. However, more research is needed.

3. Improves Asthma

Traditional medicine has used frankincense to treat bronchitis and asthma for centuries.

Research suggests that its compounds may prevent the production of leukotrienes, which cause your bronchial muscles to constrict in asthma (5Trusted Source).

In one small study in people with asthma, 70% of participants reported improvements in symptoms, such as shortness of breath and wheezing, after receiving 300 mg of frankincense three times daily for six weeks (15Trusted Source).

Similarly, a daily frankincense dose of 1.4 mg per pound of body weight (3 mg per kg) improved lung capacity and helped reduce asthma attacks in people with chronic asthma (16).

Lastly, when researchers gave people 200 mg of a supplement made from frankincense and the South Asian fruit bael (Aegle marmelos), they found that the supplement was more effective than a placebo at reducing asthma symptoms (17Trusted Source).

Summary Frankincense may help reduce the likelihood of asthma attacks in susceptible people. It may also relieve asthma symptoms, such as shortness of breath and wheezing.

4. Maintains Oral Health

Frankincense may help prevent bad breath, toothaches, cavities and mouth sores.

The boswellic acids it provides appear to have strong antibacterial properties, which may help prevent and treat oral infections (18Trusted Source).

In one test-tube study, frankincense extract was effective against Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, a bacteria which causes aggressive gum disease (19Trusted Source).

In another study, high school students with gingivitis chewed a gum containing either 100 mg of frankincense extract or 200 mg of frankincense powder for two weeks. Both gums were more effective than a placebo at reducing gingivitis (20Trusted Source).

However, more human studies are needed to confirm these results.

Summary Frankincense extract or powder may help fight gum disease and maintain oral health. However, more studies are needed.

5. May Fight Certain Cancers

Frankincense may also help fight certain cancers.

The boswellic acids it contains might prevent cancer cells from spreading (21, 22Trusted Source).

A review of test-tube studies notes that boswellic acids may also prevent the formation of DNA in cancerous cells, which could help limit cancer growth (1Trusted Source).

Moreover, some test-tube research shows that frankincense oil may be able to distinguish cancer cells from normal ones, killing only the cancerous ones (23Trusted Source).

So far, test-tube studies suggest that frankincense may fight breast, prostate, pancreatic, skin and colon cancer cells (22Trusted Source, 24Trusted Source, 25Trusted Source, 26Trusted Source, 27Trusted Source).

One small study indicates that it may also help reduce side effects of cancer.

When people getting treated for brain tumors took 4.2 grams of frankincense or a placebo each day, 60% of the frankincense group experienced reduced brain edema — an accumulation of fluid in the brain — compared to 26% of those given the placebo (28Trusted Source).

However, more research in humans is needed.

Summary Compounds in frankincense may help kill cancer cells and prevent tumors from spreading. However, more human research is needed.

Common Myths

Although frankincense is praised for multiple health benefits, not all of them are backed by science.

The 7 following claims have very little evidence behind them:

  1. Helps prevent diabetes: Some small studies report that frankincense may help lower blood sugar levels in people with diabetes. However, recent high-quality studies found no effect (29Trusted Source, 30Trusted Source).
  2. Reduces stress, anxiety and depression: Frankincense may reduce depressive behavior in mice, but no studies in humans have been done. Studies on stress or anxiety are also lacking (31Trusted Source).
  3. Prevents heart disease: Frankincense has anti-inflammatory effects which may help reduce the type of inflammation common in heart disease. However, no direct studies in humans exist (32Trusted Source).
  4. Promotes smooth skin: Frankincense oil is touted as an effective natural anti-acne and anti-wrinkle remedy. However, no studies exist to support these claims.
  5. Improves memory: Studies show that large doses of frankincense may help boost memory in rats. However, no studies have been done in humans (33Trusted Source, 34Trusted Source, 35Trusted Source).
  6. Balances hormones and reduces symptoms of PMS: Frankincense is said to delay menopause and reduce menstrual cramping, nausea, headaches and mood swings. No research confirms this.
  7. Enhances fertility: Frankincense supplements increased fertility in rats, but no human research is available (32Trusted Source).

While very little research exists to support these claims, very little exists to deny them, either.

However, until more studies are done, these claims can be considered myths.

Summary Frankincense is used as an alternative remedy for a wide array of conditions. However, many of its uses are not supported by research.

Effective Dosage

As frankincense can be consumed in a variety of ways, its optimal dosage is not understood. The current dosage recommendations are based on doses used in scientific studies.

Most studies use frankincense supplements in tablet form. The following dosages were reported as most effective (5Trusted Source):

  • Asthma: 300–400 mg, three times per day
  • Crohn’s disease: 1,200 mg, three times per day
  • Osteoarthritis: 200 mg, three times per day
  • Rheumatoid arthritis: 200–400 mg, three times per day
  • Ulcerative colitis: 350–400 mg, three times per day
  • Gingivitis: 100–200 mg, three times per day

Aside from tablets, studies have also used frankincense in gum — for gingivitis — and creams — for arthritis. That said, no dosage information for creams is available (20Trusted Source, 36Trusted Source).

If you’re considering supplementing with frankincense, talk to your doctor about a recommended dosage.

Summary Frankincense dosage depends on the condition you’re trying to treat. The most effective dosages range from 300–400 mg taken three times per day.

Possible Side Effects

Frankincense is considered safe for most people.

It has been used as a remedy for thousands of years without any severe side effects, and the resin has a low toxicity (32Trusted Source).

Doses above 900 mg per pound of body weight (2 grams per kg) were found to be toxic in rats and mice. However, toxic doses haven’t been studied in humans (37).

The most common side effects reported in scientific studies were nausea and acid reflux (5Trusted Source).

Some research reports that frankincense may increase the risk of miscarriage in pregnancy, so pregnant women may want to avoid it (5Trusted Source).

Frankincense may also interact with some medications, particularly anti-inflammatory drugs, blood thinners and cholesterol-lowering pills (5Trusted Source).

If you’re taking any of these medicines, make sure to discuss frankincense with your healthcare provider before using it.

Summary Frankincense is considered safe for most people. However, pregnant women and those taking certain types of medication may want to avoid it.

The Bottom Line

Frankincense is used in traditional medicine to treat a wide variety of medical conditions.

This resin may benefit asthma and arthritis, as well as gut and oral health. It may even have cancer-fighting properties.

While it has few side effects, pregnant women and people taking prescription medications may want to talk to their doctor before taking frankincense.

If you’re curious about this aromatic product, you’ll find that it’s widely available and easy to try.

Article source: healthline.com

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