Last week, I wrapped up our discussion on the many powerful benefits of frankincense (Boswellia sp.). The fact that this oil is accompanied with such numerous and impressive research made it predominate within my series for supporting holiday sanity.
I knew the topic of frankincense oil would naturally bring up the question of “which one” for many well-versed essential oils consumers. For this reason, I began my review of the research on deciphering the differences between the species of frankincense.
In keeping with my tendency to sometimes veer into excessive detail on subtopics, I felt compelled to answer this question in depth. Throughout my series of articles and videos, we explored this plant’s various health-promoting properties regarding the four most popular varieties, their predominate compounds, and information on their biochemical effects and synergistic actions. Covering frankincense oil in nitty gritty detail seemed to be appropriate at this time for two other important reasons:
(1) It is one of my go-to tools for its physical and emotional calming properties, and I wanted to share how robust the evidence was on it.
(2) This sacred essential oil is in alignment with the essence of the season. Along with supporting our biochemistry and soothing our nerves, it has a long history of providing spiritual support.
All of this information was provided to fully remedy any apprehension when trying something new and the fear of making the wrong choice. Anything that tames decision fatigue is especially important this time of year when pre-holiday gift-buying jitters are already at their peak!
In my most recent article, I cover the topic of addictions during the holidays and how spirituality and essential oils may be important tools to support the current physical and emotional coping strategies in conventional treatment. Frankincense oil is a perfect companion for this.
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Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.