Frankincense resin is one of the O.G. fragrances - cherished greatly by the ancients, though its popularity remains. The word Frankincense is derived from the middle Latin word 'Frankum Incensum' meaning 'pure incense' and 'high quality', thus proving the sacredness of this healing resin. So why was, and is, Frankincense so beloved? And why should we consider it one of our go-to cleansers?
Read on to learn more...
But Frankincense Isn't Still a Thing, Right?
was perhaps one of the most sacred resins within ancient times - revered since 3000 BCE. However, it is now best known for its reference in ancient and holy texts, the most popular being the 'Bible'.
When it comes to incense in the modern West, Frankincense is often left behind in favour of more fashionable scents, but we think it's time to bring this ancient resin back. Not only does it smell incredible, but it is steeped in history, with some incredibly powerful benefits too.
What is Frankincense?
Olibanum, also known as Frankincense, is a natural aromatic resin sourced from tropical 'Boswellia' Sacra trees originating in the Middle East, India, Pakistan and Somalia. But due to the decline of the Boswellia species, Frankincense has become even more rare, and therefore more sacred and treasured.
What makes Frankincense Incense So Special?
Frankincense, whether in
resin, essential oil, or
incense form, possesses tons of robust healing and cleansing properties. Hundreds of different cultures, creeds, and religions have cultivated Frankincense for its incredible physical and spiritual
The History of Frankincense
Many are familiar with the biblical story of the three wise men, who bestowed upon a newborn baby Jesus three valuable gifts: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
. These were the most valuable products in the Middle East at that time, and it's not difficult to see why.
Frankincense is also a prominent part of the Arabian peninsula's history and culture. For thousands of years, Frankincense has been traded through this peninsula, making it a popular substance in Arabian countries as well as Africa and the Middle East.
Frankincense and Health
People throughout history have used Frankincense to assist with recovery. Its resin
has been cultivated for centuries for its natural medicinal properties - it contains anti-inflammatory Boswellic acids
ideal for easing most inflammatory diseases, including asthma, arthritis, and bowel disease.
It also acts as a robust pain relief, helping to heal headaches, neck and back pain, and stomach pain.
Frankincense has also been proven effective in cancer treatment
, however, more research is needed and talking to a healthcare professional is always advised.
What is Frankincense Incense?
"Of all the exotic aromas and experiences from my sojourn in Ethiopia, it's the Frankincense I miss most." ~ Cathleen Falsani
The use of Frankincense incense dates back to around 5000 years ago during Antiquity. The first known users of Frankincense as incense were the Ancient Egyptians who burned its resin to cleanse energy during the mummification process. The Egyptians sought the approval of their many Gods and the burning scent of Frankincense resin was seen as a spiritual offering. The ladies of Ancient Egypt frequently wore the ash of Frankincense incense around their necks as a symbol of good fortune - they would also use the ash as eyeliner and for other cosmetic purposes.
What is it?
Frankincense incense comes in different forms including Sticks, Cones, Coils, and our favourite being, Natural Incense.
Incense sticks are an easy, cheap solution to incense burning. They consist of a combination of fragrant aromatics and combustible wood powders that form a paste. This is then set around a small stick, usually made from bamboo. Incense sticks produce a strong, pleasant aroma, however, most sticks available today have added chemicals
which can be harmful to the body. This also applies to cones and coils.
Natural Incense: We may be biased, but we believe natural incense to be the best, all-rounded incense. So what is it? Natural incense is a combination of natural and aromatic substances sourced from various plant materials, including Resin - found within the bark of certain tropical trees, Essential oil - extracted from flowers, herbs, leaves, bark, fruit, spices, nuts, and seeds, and Botanicals - simply dried aromatic plant life. Natural incense is the most ancient form of incense burning, whilst also being the most healing, fragrant, and energising.
Frankincense natural incense consists of burning its essential oil and resin, however, we like to mix things up by combining different scents. Rosemary and Sweet Orange are great complimentary scents for Frankincense. For more on natural incense and how to burn it, Click here
What Does Frankincense Incense Smell Like?
The perfume-like scent of Frankincense incense
is commonly described as fresh, earthly, pine-like, and balsamic. There are also peppery and citrus notes to Frankincense incense, however, its woodsy essence is at the forefront.
Frankincense is the perfect fragrance for a cold, wintery evening - it can undoubtedly bring warmth and comfort into our home.
How to Burn Frankincense Incense
You will need:
- Natural Frankincense Incense - resin and oil
- Oil Warmer
- Tea Light Candle
- Candle Lighter (the long type to protect your fingers!)
Time needed: 20 minutes.
Depending on the oil warmer you want to use, you may find you want to burn your incense in an open space with a window slightly open to allow airflow. The shorter your oil warmer, the quicker and more intensely your incense blend will burn. Opt for a taller warmer if you are sensitive to strong fragrances or want a more subtle aroma.
Fill the warmer
Fill around 3/4s of your warmer's top bowl-like surface with cold water... Then carefully add your oil and resin.
Time for the fuel
Carefully place your tea light candle in the chamber.
Light your candle using a candle lighter and enjoy the healing essence of Frankincense.
Monitor your oil warmer closely during use, ensuring you do not place flammable items nearby.
When you're finished
To extinguish, simply blow out the candle beneath your warmer and allow it to cool before touching - they can get pretty hot!
Our Favourite 5 Frankincense Incense Benefits
Who knew such a natural and diverse substance existed? From spiritual to health, we truly believe this Incense is a must-have for every home. Let's dive into our favourite 4.
The Boswellia tree has potent anti-inflammatory properties
, which are also found in its extracts, whether in the form of resin or essential oil. Burning natural Frankincense incense is a great way to combat inflammation and illness through its healing scent. The natural cleansing compounds in Frankincense are released through its smoke, travelling into your airways and destroying any inflammation in its path.
In terms of more traditional healing methods, Frankincense is a prominent feature in Ayurvedic medicine and has been for thousands of years. Ayurveda is a Hindu system used in India and areas of Nepal - its principles involve using natural substances for medical healing. Ayurvedic medicine has been known to be unsuccessful and, in some cases, deadly, however, Frankincense is one of the more successful healers in this system thanks to its excellent side effect profile.
To claim that any one substance can have a positive effect on this deadly illness is a huge statement. However, there are countless studies
supporting the claim that Frankincense exhibits anti-cancer cell properties. These studies show that not only can Frankincense prevent the DNA of cancer cells from forming, but it also helps prevent the spread and kill harmful cells
. Just a few types of cancer Frankincense can be used as a therapeutic for include, bladder, bowel, breast, skin, prostate and pancreatic.
When it comes to Frankincense incense, there is not as much research on its cancer benefits, however, we believe that burning its natural resin and oil may release the healing properties needed to combat inflammation.
More research is urgently needed on this to determine once and for all whether Frankincense essential oil and resin can be a definite tool for modern doctors to help beat chronic illness.
3. Pain Relieving
Frankincense is frequently used as a pain relief in both Western and Eastern medicine - its incense can also have this effect. It helps reduce symptoms of migraines, arthritis, injury pains, and aches.
Natural Frankincense incense also has a significant impact on Leukotrienes
, which are molecules in the body associated with inflammation and pain. This function can also help relieve allergy symptoms and reduce infections.
4. Improves Complexion
Frankincense's anti-inflammatory properties come with even more unique, healing benefits, one being its ability to help with skin imperfections such as wrinkles, acne, scars and rashes. Its ability to reduce inflammation helps calm acne pimples and heals damaged skin cells, however, this is only when applied. So how
Frankincense incense benefits our complexion... Natural Frankincense incense still releases its anti-inflammatory properties into the air, so burning it and breathing in its healing essence can act as a barrier between you and skin infections.
5. Reduces Stress
Most incense is associated with stress relief; however, Frankincense may be up there with the best. It has been scientifically proven
to reduce stress and anxiety, helping us to maintain Chakra balance and positive well-being.
With high-quality, natural Frankincense incense, you can nurture feelings of tranquillity and inner peace, thus assisting comfort during studying, work, and other stress-induced activities.
Other Benefits of Frankincense and Frankincense Incense
Frankincense is a fantastic solution for oral health. Boswellic acids have excellent antimicrobial properties
, which can help prevent oral infections, disease and erosion in the mouth. Dental experts have even created oral products such as Frankincense gum, toothpaste, and mouthwash due to its healing benefits.
Helps Improve Gut Health
Frankincense is thought to be a brilliant gut healer, thanks again to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to fight Leukotrienes. If this is proven by scientific research in the future, it would make Frankincense extracts a fantastic solution for abdominal bloating, discomfort and pains. Natural Frankincense herbal teas, Boswellia carterii or Boswellia serrata tablets are all gaining popularity.
However, it is important to discuss options with medical professionals beforehand, as Frankincense aiding gut health is still a theory.
For people struggling with sleep issues such as insomnia, nightmares, and restlessness, burning natural Frankincense oil and resin may be the healing treatment you need. However, it is important to ensure you burn it 'before' falling asleep. The warm and cosy scent of Frankincense is renowned for its ability to calm thoughts and allow the body to relax into sleep
Frankincense, for use as incense, has been cultivated for thousands of years - this is because of its incredible ability to strengthen the Chakras and enable connection with the higher consciousness.
To this day, people all over the world, with different religions and belief systems, still burn Frankincense to cleanse their places of worship. It is seen to eliminate negative energies, draw in positivity, and foster safety and peace.
Side Effects Of Frankincense
In most cases, Frankincense is extremely safe
with little to no effects, but occasionally there are potential side effects...
Be sure to cease the use of frankincense incense immediately if you experience respiratory issues or nausea. In addition, you should avoid using Frankincense oils or incense if you are pregnant or conceiving, using anti-inflammatory medication, or taking blood thinning medication because Frankincense has been known to impact these drugs on rare occasions.
The Final Word
Burning natural Frankincense incense has fantastic health benefits and can even offer pain relief. Additionally, it keeps your home cleansed and smelling beautiful.
However, it is so important to seek natural Frankincense incense solutions. That way, you can get the best of the experience, safe in the knowledge that you are honouring an ancient practice safely and effectively.