Frankincense oil is an amazing oil, since it not only helps with healing, it can also smooth one’s body, mind, and spirit. The first time I heard of Frankincense was in the bible as being one of the three special gifts brought to baby Jesus. Silly me! I never really understood the value of frankincense until recently. My father suffers from neuropathic pain and my mother decided to purchase a product called, “Neuropathy Rubbing Oil,” which contains Frankincense and Myrrh. She loves buying her healthcare products from, since the cost for the products are reasonable and with free shipping, she claims one can beat it. (Use coupon code, BER298, to save 10 percent for more during checkout.)

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I spent some time with my parents and had watched my mother apply some of the oil on my father’s legs. The oil definitely had a smell worth remembering. At first, it was a bit overpowering, but then I gradually got use to it. I decided to invest some research time into this amazing oil and learn what I could about Frankincense and Myrrh.

Of course, this series of articles is only about Frankincense oil and I will need to do a follow-up to discuss the benefits of using myrrh. The following is what I discovered about Frankincense oil:

Boswellia carterii, commonly known as Frankincense, is derived from the milky white sap that is secreted by the Frankincense tree. After the tree’s sap droplets are allowed to dry and harden into tear-shapes on the tree over the course of a few days, they are finally scraped off to be made into an essential oil.

The Boswellia tree is native to regions such as Africa and the southern Arabian Peninsula. The earliest and best-known source of Frankincense is the country of Oman, which has shipped this fragrant resin to regions like the Mediterranean, India, and China for thousands of years. The name of the tree comes from the term “franc encens,” which is French for “high-quality incense.” “Franc” is known to mean “pure” while “encens” comes from a word that means “to burn.” It was thus considered a “pure incense” and the most desirable of all the other types of incense. Its potent aroma can be described as woody, earthy, and spicy with a fruity nuance. For some, its scent is comparable to that of licorice.

There are a number of chemical components in this essential oil and along with adding Myrrh is known for providing temporary relieve of shooting pain, tingling, prickling and numbness all common signs of nerve pain. In part two, I will name each of the main chemical components found in Frankincense oil along with their benefits.

Author's Bio: 

I’m the author of, “My Curly Hair Self: Living with a Visual Processing Disorder.
I love having curly hair. I love taking care of it. But I don’t like having to live with glaucoma. It’s a constant reminder that someday I may go blind. Recently I discovered there could be a connection between hair growth and glaucoma. It just might, since I lived with glaucoma and my hair took a long time to grow. It never grew pass my shoulders, while growing up. My story is not just about hair, or having glaucoma, but also learning to live with a visual processing disorder or otherwise called, 'photophobia.'