We know that the ancient Egyptians used frankincense medially, although little documentation remains today. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in natural medicine as we realise the limitations of pharmaceutical drugs (they are expensive, create side effects, and often cause more harm than the illness they are meant to cure). Researchers have put frankincense to the test and discovered that it has many powerful medicinal properties.
Medicinally, the best way to use frankincense is in the form of oil pressed from the resin. It has been shown to soothe coughs, colds, and other respiratory problems. Used on the skin, it removes scar tissue and stretch marks. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties making it useful for infections.
Some of the most fascinating frankincense oil studies come from looking at the effect it has on cancer cells. It appears to work on a genetic level – fighting cancer in several ways. It stops cancerous cells from dividing and growing. It even causes apoptosis (cell death) of cancer cells. The most remarkable thing is that, unlike chemotherapy drugs, it does not harm ordinary cells. With standard cancer treatments causing such terrible side effects, there is an urgent need for alternatives and researchers have suggested frankincense oil is a strong candidate.
It has been shown that frankincense kills cancer cells in a lab environment in an incredibly sophisticated way, working in harmony with the body.
There is also scientific that frankincense oil boosts the immune system, by supporting the division of white blood cells.
It seems the ancient Egyptians had a type of knowledge that today has been lost because we are only just discovering the many benefits of the herbs they held as sacred.
- Skin issues
- reduce scars
- reducing acne
- respiratory issues.