The Many Benefits Of Frankincense Oil

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How isFrankincense Oil used?

The oil can be used topically, orally, or for aromatherapy. Frankincense oil for topical use can be applied on its own or mixed with a carrier oil which acts as a base. A good choice for this is coconut oil or skin creams. It also blends well with citrus oils, lavender, bergamot, myrrh, almond, and avocado oils.

To apply to minor cuts, apply a few drops diluted with clean water.

To use frankincense oil for internally, only use a drop or two. Frankincense is a potent substance and too much can make you sick. Mix a drop with a teaspoon of honey or coconut oil and take directly, or drop into a small glass of water to drink.

For aromatherapy, use a diffuser or vaporizer. You can also simply add it to bath and enjoy the scent while you soak.

 

Does Frankincense Oil Have Cancer Fighting Properties?

There has been a number of articles lately touting newly discovered properties of frankincense that suggest it may be effective in treating cancer. A study at Leicester University revealed that frankincense contains a chemical compound called acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid, or AKBA. In the experiment, this compound proved effective at killing ovarian cancer cells. It was so effective, in fact, that it may offer hope in cases where conventional treatments have failed.

“What has been most surprising is that the cells we have tested which are resistant to chemotherapy have shown to be more sensitive to this compound,” said Dr. Mark Evans of the Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine. “[F]rankincense may indeed be able to help overcome drug resistance, and lead to an improved survival rate for patients with late-stage ovarian cancer.”

 

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More research needs to be done to establish the full extent of frankincense’s cancer-fighting properties, but anything that shows promising results in fighting treatment-resistant cancer cells is good news. It’s a safe assumption that we can expect more positive developments as more testing is done and the use of frankincense becomes more widespread.

References:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.tisserandinstitute.org

www.naturalingredient.org

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