Last week we learned about Oregano as an essential oil for Health and Wellness.

First what are essential oils? They are highly concentrated substances extracted from a variety of different parts of a plant, including the flower, bard, roots, leaves, wood, resin, seeds, or the rind. The oils contain healing vitamins, antibiotics, and antiseptics and represent the “life force” of the plant. Essential oils are 75 to 100 times more concentrated than their dry herb cousins.

The oils in plants perform many functions in the living plant. In most cases they are a part of the immune health of the plant or they may just be the end product of the plants metabolism. For this reason scientists agree that the oils are healing because they contain hundreds of organics, including hormones, vitamins that work on many levels.

When you plant a seed to grow a plant, it germinates, a plant grows and more seeds are created. Each plant has its own life force so to transfer that ‘essence’ to ourselves can only be a positive outcome.

A special note; There is no official system that grades essential oils as A, B, C or therapeutic grade. Even if it says it on the bottle it’s just marketing. If it says it’s FDA or otherwise approved, not true! Therapeutic grade usually means it was manufactured according to strict standards of purity and may be taken internally.

With that said here is 1 of 8 essential oils for health and wellness.

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Frankincense

The health benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent and skin care, digestive, diuretic, emenagogue (menstruation), sedative and vulnerary substance.

Frankincense Oil is extracted from the gum or resin from Frankincense or Olibanum trees. Frankincense has been a popular ingredient in cosmetics and incense burners for centuries. It has even been found in the remains of ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon civilizations.

Apart from being used as a cosmetic and as a fragrance, frankincense oil has numerous medicinal uses, which are summarized below.

Immune System: Frankincense Oil is effective as an antiseptic, and even the fumes or smoke obtained from burning it have antiseptic and disinfectant qualities that eliminate the germs in the space where the smoke filters out. It can be applied on wounds without any known side effects to protect them from tetanus and becoming septic. It is equally good on internal wounds and protects them from developing infections.

Astringent: The astringent property of Frankincense Oil has many benefits, because it strengthens gums, hair roots, tones and lifts skin, contracts muscles, intestines and blood vessels, and thereby gives protection from premature losses of teeth and hair. This astringent quality also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and combats the loss of firmness of intestines, abdominal muscles, and limbs associated with age.

When applied topically or inhaled, it can make the scars and after marks of boils, acne and pox on the skin fade at a much faster rate. This also includes the fading of stretch marks & surgery marks associated with pregnancy and delivery of children. It can help you to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones!

Above all, frankincense acts as a coagulant, helping to stop bleeding from wounds and cuts. This astringent property also helps to relieve diarrhea of various types.

Emenagogue/Menstruation: Frankincense essential oil reduces obstructed and delayed menstruation and delays the advent of menopause. It also helps curing other symptoms associated with menses and Post Menstrual Syndrome, such as pain in the abdominal region, nausea, headache, fatigue, and mood swings.

This oil is very good for uterine health. Since it regulates the production of the estrogen hormone, it reduces the chances of post-menopause tumor or cyst formation in the uterus, also known as uterine cancer. In terms of the pre-menopause period, it keeps a woman’s uterus healthy by regulating proper menstrual cycles. It also treats or regulates gynecologic conditions or stressors that can lead to complicated dysfunctions in certain women. Should not be used during pregnancy.

Diuretic: If you thought that only drugs that could help you release water from the body through urination, you were incorrect. Pharmaceutical options may be instantaneous, but can have side effects. Frankincense essential oil is a natural and safe alternative. It promotes urination and helps you lose that extra water weight, as well as fats, sodium, uric acid and various other toxins from the body, with the added advantage of lowering blood pressure. The best part about this is that frankincense essential oil is completely safe and has no adverse side effects.

Some information received via www.organicfacts.net.

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