Frankincense Essential Oil has been around for quite a while. It has long been part of religious ceremonies in the Middle-East and is believed to be one of the 3 gifts offered to baby Jesus.
It has been a popular ingredient in ancient cosmetics used by Anglo-Saxons and ancient Egyptians.
Still, many do not know it and worse do not know of its healing powers. Below I describe where this ancient oil comes from and what it can do for you.
Today’s use of frankincense
Today, this fragrant resin from the Boswellia Carteri tree is transformed into valuable essential oil. The oil finds its way to aromatherapists and natural health practitioners.
These practitioners use essential oil to fight inflammation, infections, and premature aging. It soothes the digestive tract, boosts immunity, and improves oral and mental health.
While all of this is already quite impressive, the best is yet to come. Frankincense has shown to be an excellent cancer fighter, too.
What recent research shows?
Research suggests that it may be more potent than chemotherapy. The reason is that it doesn’t destroy healthy tissues or cells.
By not destroying healthy cells, frankincense doesn’t cause any side-effects. It is also able to target and kill chemotherapy-resistant cancer cells.
Frankincense, the new cancer fighter destroyer
Researchers from Leicester University found that the resin contains a chemical compound, acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA).
AKBA has the potential to destroy cancer cells at a realistic concentration. They say it may be very successful in treating breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer.
They found AKBA to be very effective in the treatment of last stage ovarian cancer which is extremely difficult to treat.
What the researcher behind AKBA say
Kamla Al-Salmani, a Ph.D. student from the University’s Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine said:
“After a year of studying the AKBA compound with ovarian cancer cell lines in vitro, we have been able to show it is effective at killing cancer cells. Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side effects.”
Kamla added: “This finding has enormous potential to be taken to a clinical trial in the future and developed into an additional treatment for ovarian cancer”.
What Frankincense essential oil can do for you?
Researchers also found frankincense to be effective in killing cancer cells that don’t respond to chemotherapy.
While more research is needed to back up these findings, the use of frankincense oil to fight cancer looks very promising.
Dr. Mark Evans, Kamla’s Ph.D. Supervisor and Lecturer in the University’s Department of Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine added: “We have shown that this frankincense compound is effective at killing ovarian cancer cells at realistic concentrations.”
He added, “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, suggesting frankincense may indeed be able to help overcome drug resistance and lead to an improved survival rate for patients with late-stage ovarian cancer.”
How to use frankincense essential oil
You can dilute Frankincense essential oil in a carrier oil such as jojoba oil or coconut oil. You can also add it to your favorite all-natural lotions or creams for topical application.
If you want, you use it in a diffuser or vaporizer to promote feelings of mental peace and relaxation or to soothe respiratory issues.
A little bit of a warning, it is best not to use frankincense essential oil during pregnancy. Currently, there are no known side-effects, but it is best to avoid until scientists prove this.
Their reason is that it has emmenagogue (menstruation promoting) and astringent properties.
Where can I find this essential oil?
This oil has shown to be a great destroyer for cancer cells. It was demonstrated to fight the sick cells and even the ones that chemotherapy cannot get rid of.
Yes, more research is being performed to get a clinic type approval. Now the research will investigate how to optimize its use.
So if you feel like me, ‘better be safe than sorry, then use your diffuser or vaporizer. It will diffuse some of this nice frankincense essential oil in your house. It is very nice and makes you relax even more.
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