Amongst many cultures around the world the fragrance of this resin was believed to increase one’s spiritual connection and intuition. The Chinese called it “fanhunxiang” meaning “calling back the soul fragrance.” It is often used in meditation, since the scent is calming, grounding and pleasant to the senses. It helps one to become more present in the moment and encourages feelings of peace. Several religions use frankincense incense in their ceremonies. It may be used to prepare the environment for ritual, and is said to call forth the angels and other invisible beings to assist in creating sacred space. Symbolically, the smoke that rises as the resin burns helps to carry prayers and offerings to Heaven. — from Folk Herbs
per Eden Botanicals:
Frankincense is considered to have the ability to cleanse the environment of stale, stuffy air or to clear unwanted energy where a negative situation has occurred. It is also regarded by some as a superior ally in the quest for increased vital energies and nourishment of the soul.
Frankincense, along with other prized aromatics, spices, precious stones, rare woods, feathers, animal skins and gold, was transported by caravans on the Incense Route and enjoyed a flourishing trade from Yemen and Oman in the Arabian Peninsula to the Mediterranean for nearly 500 years.
Egyptians used Frankincense in embalming, and the pharaohs believed that burning it allowed them to commune with the gods. Its Arabic name, Olibanum, is derived from al Luban, which means milk, a reference to the milky sap that exudes from the wound in a tree after an incision is made in the bark. The sap serves a purpose for the tree as it both heals and seals the wound and prevents infection; this exudate forms resinified ‘tears’ from which Frankincense oils are extracted.
Once a rare and precious commodity used for millennia by many religious, shamanistic and secular cultures, Frankincense oil, like Myrrh, offers many different therapeutic possibilities. It is especially valued for use in skin care preparations (with Patchouli or Neroli), to facilitate easy breathing (with Lemon or Pine), and for overall wellness (with Palmarosa or Lavender). Frankincense is legendary in its traditional and sacred uses and its ability to instill deep tranquility of mind, making it ideal for meditation purposes (with Sandalwood or Orange). “Soothing and balsamic – on both physical and spiritual levels – Frankincense eases the mind when troubled by thoughts of regret and worries of a mundane kind.“
Appearance: Colorless, transparent, mobile liquid.
Precautions: Skin sensitization if oxidized; old or oxidized oils should be avoided. Dilute before using. A patch test should be performed before use for those with sensitive skin.
Which part of the world you live in and the number of hours of sunlight you get each day will affect your mood in the colder months. If you live where you’re not getting a lot of sunshine, you could get the winter blues, or what they sometimes call Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD.) You don’t have to take SAD laying down. One thing I know that works as I’ve used it for years is “light therapy” where I sit in front of a 10,000 lux light for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. In my new learning about essential oils, I’ve learned they can be used to lessen the blues. Frankincense has come up multiple times as one oil that can help. Below is one SAD recipe.
4 drops of orange essential oil (EO)
3 drops of lavender EO
2 drops of frankincense EO
Mix oils together. Add a few drops to a water diffuser. No carrier oil is needed for diffusion.