Prepping with francincense

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Happy endings...
The enigmatic properties of essential oil has eluded us all for the
centuries, but we are now awakening to the power of frankincense
and of other essential oils, including
myrrh, which our ancestors
also prized. Frankincense has many modern day uses!

Many have asked how this precious gift was used by Jesus. It's not
unreasonable to speculate that the gift could have financed the
trip of Mary and Joseph through Egypt. Frankincense resin is lighter
than gold and is a commodity for health and well being.

Frankincense is the healing essential oil made famous by the three
wise men, and could be more valuable than gold because it could
save your life.

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Frankincense for Preppers
Prepping benefits and uses of frankincense oil

Make Frankincense your "go to" essential oil.
Frankincense is the mystical and miraculous substance with many
medicinal and survival uses. Brought as a gift by the magi,
Frankincense was mentioned more than fifty times in the bible!
(The word frankincense appears 17 times in the King James
Bible, and there are hundreds of references to anointing oils in
other versions.) From its biblical origins people are rediscovering
frankincense and its modern-day medicinal value.

Preppers have been among the first users of frankincense
essential oil, recognizing its phenomenal healing powers to
combat everything from cancer and inflammation, to indigestion
and hemorrhoids; brain function; skin and hair health; respiratory
conditions, and much more! Below are some of favorite uses of

Benefits and Uses of Frankincense
What is Frankincense? Frankincense essential oil is a liquid gold
derived a gummy resin that has an earthy aroma. It comes from
incisions in the tree, which produce a valuable milky resin that
hardens to a brownish-orange. This tree heals itself when its
bark is cut! The tree used to make frankincense grow in arid
  • Boswellia sacra, grows in Ethiopia, Oman, Somalia and
  • Boswellia carteri grows in East Africa and China.
  • Boswella Serrata grows in India.

It's important to know the country of origin of your frankincense
as each has varying properties and potencies.

How to use Frankincense:

Frankincense Use #1: Alternative Cancer Therapy.
An important yet underutilized purpose of frankincense is for its
cancer fighting abilities. Frankincense has anti-neoplastic
properties, which means it acts to halt development of a
neoplasm (a tumor). Frankincense is a treatment of serious
diseases from
asthma and inflammatory bowel disease to various
kinds of cancers, including prostate cancer, brain tumors.

While the Federal Drug Administration does not allow the natural
treatment of frankincense to heal cancer, certainly it has been
paramount in healing options and doctors are taking note:

  • Dr. Josh Axe explains the anti-cancer properties of
    Frankincense.  A doctor of natural medicine Dr. Axe has
    been a proponent of frankincense for natural healing and
    explains all in his video at the bottom of the page.

  • Dr. Mahmoud Suhail agrees. According to the BBC,
    Immunologist Dr. Mahmoud Suhail has teamed up with
    medical scientists from the University of Oklahoma to
    uncover the cancer healing powers of frankincense.

  • Study finds frankincense effective in treating bladder
    cancer. Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) was found to
    suppress cell viability in human bladder carcinoma,
    according to a study published in the National Library of
    Medicine, National Institutes of Health. Frankincense
    (Boswellia carteri) very well may be an effective treatment
    of bladder cancer.

Most cancers (around 95%) result from damaged DNA. This cell
change comes from free radicals, toxicity and poor nutrition.
Frankincense seems to allow the damaged cells to regenerate!
Among the rare documentations of Frankincense with
monoterpenes, which
prevent the carcinogenesis process of
cancer is from the U.S. National Library of Medicine, such as the
monoterpenes in Frankincense Bosweillia Frerena Essential Oil.  
According to this document, "Monoterpenes such as limonene and
perillyl alcohol have been shown to prevent mammary, liver,
lung, and 'other cancers."

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Frankincense Use #2: Enhanced brain function.
Frankincense can increase mental awareness, which indeed would
be useful to a prepper under stressful or catastrophic conditions,
but Frankincense can do so much more. It can help with brain
tumors! You can use Frankincense simply at the base of the neck
with just a dab daily to enhance study and concentration. You
can also use it aromatically for enhanced brain function.

  • Enhances meditation and prayer. Five drops in a diffuser
    can facilitate a meditative state. This would help relieve
    some of the anxiety associated with brain cancer.

  • Provides supportive care for patients with brain tumors.
    In clinical trials it was found that Frankincense (Bosweillia
    serrata) acts on cerebral edema. Eliminating the need for
    steroids. (Patients irradiated for brain tumors are usually
    treated with dexamethasone, a synthetic corticosteroid drug
    used as an anti-inflammatory agent, which has side effects.)

Frankincense Use #3 Anti-inflammatory for arthritis.
Inflammation is among the root causes of disease and
Frankincense provides relief. Frankincense is an anti-
inflammatory, which means it can help with joint disorders, like
arthritis. Frankincense can improve mobility and alleviate the
painful symptoms of arthritis. To use frankincense for arthritis,
you can use a little carrier oil and apply topically to the affected
area. Some choose to apply "neat," which means to apply an
essential oil without a carrier oil. Frankincense is generally one
such oil to apply neat.

  • Jacob Teitelbaim, M.D. says Frankincense helps with
    arthritis. Dr. Teitelbaim posted "The 6-Week Arthritis Cure"
    on the Dr. Oz Web site regarding natural relief to arthritis,
    which included Frankincense as part of the regimen.

Frankincense Use #4: Anti-inflammatory relief of
acne and other skin ailments.
Ancient Greeks and Romans imported Frankincense and found
many uses for its antiseptic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory
properties,including prescribing the precious oil for hemorrhoids.
As an astringent, Frankincense is great for dealing with acne, but
it also stimulates the regeneration of cells making it an ideal
substance for anti-aging ~ for example, reduction of liver spots.

  • Acne remedy: To use frankincense for acne relief try a
    frankincense steam bath. In a stainless steel bowl put a few
    drops of frankincense, then pour boiling water into the bowl
    and allow the steam and vapors to reach your face. After
    you've patted your face dry, dab frankincense directly to the
    acne scars to allow healing.

  • Anti-aging (helps erase liver spots): Egyptian women used
    frankincense essential oil to protect and rejuvenate their
    skin and so can you. With just a dab daily on a liver spot
    and you'll see improvement. Mix Frankincense with  
    geranium essential oil. Here's how to use Frankincense for

  • Skin tags. Frankincense has been used as a natural way to
    remove unwanted skin tags.

  • Bruising. To help a bruise heal fast, apply one drop topically
    to a bruise, provided there is no broken skin, along with one
    drop of peppermint essential oil,which also has bruise
    healing properties.

Frankincense Use #5: Antiseptic to heal small cuts.
As an antiseptic is perhaps the most widely known reason to use
Frankincense essential oil. Because it helps regenerate cells
properly, Frankincense is a wonderful topical aid for paper cuts
and more severe cuts. This is quite ironic because harvesting
Frankincense requires a longitudinal cut in the tree's trunk to get
at the valuable resin from which the essential oil is made.

Frankincense Use #6: Analgesic (pain relief).
For temporary relief of muscle aches and pains, and even tooth
aches, Frankincense has been used as an analgesic as far back
as ancient Greco Roman times. Frankincense is usually paired
with myrrh in this capacity when it comes to oral health. This
quality of frankincense, while confirmed, is also among it's
weakest attributes.
Myrrh has an analgesic effect much stronger
than Frankincense. Nonetheless, frankincense does offer some
relief of aches and pains.

  • Rheumatoid arthritis. Frankincense can help with arthritis.
    A study of boswellic acids in chronic inflammatory disease
    published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National
    Institutes of Health suggests frankincense is useful when
    compared to modern drugs for such things as rheumatoid
    arthritis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and bronchial

Frankincense Use #6: Anti-bacterial, anti-microbial
Frankincense is emerging as a natural antimicrobial treatment of
bacterial, fungal, mycobacterial, parasitic and viral infections.

  • Antibacterial. Frankincense has confirmed antibacterial
    properties, according to Dr. Mercola, because a composition
    of Frankincense is that it has both monoterpenes and
    sesquiterpenes, which have "have antiseptic, antibacterial,
    stimulating, analgesic (weak), and expectorant properties."

Frankincense Use #7: Insect repellent.
Naturally, because frankincense is an anti-parasitic, it also
makes sense to look to frankincense as an insect repellent and it
has quite a history as such. Ancient Egyptians burned
frankincense to repel insects. (Mosquitoes apparently don't like
the woodsy scent of Frankincense).

While frankincense is an excellent mosquito repellent, did you
know it's also a flee, tick and house fly repellent? Also,
Egyptians fumigated to repel wheat moths (this helped deter
pests at the grain storage to keep the people well fed).
Apparently the aromatic smoke of Frankincense was successful at
distracting insects and other vermin from their sensibilities
(mosquitoes from human flesh and wheat moths from their grain).

Choose the organic Mari Frankincense for repelling mosquitoes.
It's wild harvested and has earned the USDA organic harvested

Frankincense Use #8: Gastrointestinal uses.
Miraculous Frankincense combats indigestion, hemorrhoids and a
variety of gastrointestinal problems.

  • Frankincense as a chewing gum: Some Arabic communities
    chew the resin as a gum to treat gastrointestinal
    complaints, however, they do not swallow it and it should
    never be swallowed! Traditionally, resin is soaked in water
    would be chewed to cure gastrointestinal issues.

Frankincense is "carminative," meaning its use may prevent
formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract. In short,
Frankincense improves digestion. Those who suffer from
gastroenteritis should take note of the medicinal uses of

Today practitioners use Frankincense for a wide variety of
gastrointestinal ailments including Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's
Disease, as well as mild stomach upset:

Frankincense Use #9: Asthma and respiratory relief.
While it's not a panacea, Frankincense has provided many with
asthma relief, bronchitis, laryngitis, and more.

  • How to use frankincense for asthma and respiratory
    relief: Have frankincense handy in a small bottle and rub a
    few drops into your hand. Then rub hands and inhale. Use
    frankincense for asthma as aromatherapy and incense.

Frankincense Use #10: Aromatherapy and incense.
The original meaning of Frankincense is "franc incensum," for
which the word "incense" derived. Many claim Frankincense
encourages a meditative state, and brings balance and inner
peace, which is why it has been used for religious purposes.
Certainly Frankincense balances, rejuvenates and heals.
Frankincense for the centuries has held its place as a highly
prized for its spiritual properties. It also offers stress relief.

Here are some ideas on how to experience the aromatherapy
powers of Frankincense:

  • Use a diffuser. Frankincense blends well with many
    essential oils.

  • Take a bath with frankincense. Add twenty drops to your
    bath waters.

  • Wear frankincense! Douse your neck with a dab to allow
    your nasal passages to breathe the sweet aroma, or just
    add some to your hands and inhale!

Frankincense Use #11: Anxiolytic (mood enhancer).
An "anxiolytic" is a fancy word meaning a drug used to reduce
anxiety or boost mood. Frankincense has a calming effect, and is
so widely praised for its aromatic properties. A diffuser can help
enhance mood.

  • Soothe labor stresses. As a calming effect, a mother-to-be
    can use Frankincense with caution both to help calm and
    also to focus during labor. Read all about prepping for a

Frankincense Use #12: Insomnia.
One of the prominent essential oils for insomnia is frankincense,
which can induce incredibly vivid and creative dreams! An herb
prominently featured in the bible, frankincense promotes sleep
as it enhances mood. It has an elevating, warming, soothing
effect on the mind. This sedative effect promotes sleep and
relaxation and there's scientific proof to support the claim.

In an abstract published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine,
National Institutes of Health, the
inhalation of blended oil from
Ravensara, frankincense, and sandalwood alleviated subjective
symptoms to improve sleep quality.

  • How to use Frankincense for insomnia: Apply a drop at
    the back of the neck applied with a carrier oil. Use with
    caution as frankincense is potent and may cause irritation if
    applied "neat" without a carrier oil. Rest assured that it is
    an anointing oil of the bible, safe and used to also treat a
    variety of cancers naturally, most notably brain cancer. Dr.
    Josh Axe suggests using frankincense as a bath soak.
    Alternatively diffuse frankincense with Sandalwood and
    Ravensara at bedtime to promote a good night's sleep.

Frankincense Use #13: Lowering blood pressure.
Lowering blood pressure is a goal of many Americans, and
especially during crisis preppers will want to keep blood pressure
in chekc. Because it is a mood enhance, frankincense is also
effective at lowering blood pressure.

According to Dr. Josh Axe, Doctor of Functional Medicine, "
most effective essential oils for lowering blood pressure are
lavender, ylang ylang, clary sage and frankincense."

Frankincense Use #14: Natural immune booster.
Use Frankincense as an immune booster: just dab a bit on your
throat and allow the natural vapors to sift up to your nasal
passages. The frankincense will also naturally absorb through
your skin providing immune support through your blood stream.

Indeed, Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) reduces inflammation,
helps fight infection and boost immunity among so many uses. It
also heals age spots, supports brain and fights cancer.

How to Buy Frankincense
When you look to buy frankincense, you must realize that there
are many ways in which to analyze the product. You may not find
a Frankincense essential oil that meets all of your needs.

  • Price. Preppers may find their first requirement is the price.
    Frankincense is expensive, depending on the quality --
    whether it is organic and 100% pure (and not cut with
    phthaltates , parabens or polyetheyen beads) of a high
    grade origin, ethically sourced, etc. One way to lower the
    price is to reduce the bottle size. Read on

  • Organic: If price isn't a factor, be sure to get an organic
    bottle of Frankincense. The frankincense tree lives around
    100 years, well before inorganic farming methods were
    instituted. If you've purchased 100% pure frankincense,
    then it's virtually guaranteed to be organic in origin, but
    perhaps not in processing. It's the additives that make an
    essential oil inorganic. Unfortunately some manufacturers
    add synthetic fragrances or dyes to their frankincense
    rendering it unworthy of an organic label. Look for a bottle
    of frankincense that's free of polyethylene beads. It should
    also be phthaltates free, paraben free, and as previously
    mentioned, preservative free! Wild Harvested Frankincense
    is such an oil obtained without pesticides or chemical

  • 100% pure. Look for a Frankincense that is 100% pure
    essential oil. Plant Therapy, immediate left is 100%
    Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil with no fillers,
    additives, bases or carriers added. This Boswellia frereana
    from Somalia and is not certified as organic. Somalia is a
    country plagued with corruption and getting a certification
    may not be easy or verifiable!

  • Ethically sourced. Look for a fair trade label.

  • Origin: Preference for potency of frankincense revolves
    around study of its origin, including:
  1. Boswellia carteri (Somalia). Arid odor used as an
    orange flavoring and bug repellent.
  2. Bosweillia frereana (Somalia and Oman). With a
    fresh, woody-pine and lemony scent, Frankincense
    Frerena, it's high in monoterpenes, which  prevent the
    carcinogenesis process of cancer.
  3. Boswellia neglecta (Somalia). Not a high grade, used
    as a perfume
  4. Boswellia rivae (Ethiopia). High grade use for candida
    and yeast infections.
  5. Boswellia sacra (Somalia, Yemen). Favorite among
    producers because it has a deep woodsy. It is among
    the least expensive, but you'll get more variation in
    terms of quality.
  6. Boswellia serrata (India and Pakistan). Used
    aromatically, Indian Frankincense Boswellia serrata is
    most commonly used for medicine, according to WebMD.

  • Bottle size (ounces): Be careful when purchasing online to
    note the ounces. While it may look the same, the bottle of
    Plant Therapy Frankincense Frereana, immediate right is an
    ounce - 30 ml (1 oz) and costs around $39.95; the same
    brand and origin of Frankincense Frereana, immediately
    below is about a third of an ounce - 10 ml (1/3 oz) and
    costs significantly less at around $16.40. A small bottle is a
    good way to test your favorites, but beware the bottles look
    almost identical online.

Interesting facts about frankincense:
  • The cosmetic Egyptian eye liner was made of burnt
  • During biblical times, Frankincense was five times more
    popular than Myrrh and yet Myrrh was three times more
  • Only individuals of great wealth, from the Pharaohs up
    through the ages of kings and queens could benefit from
    frankincense because of its rarity.
  • Frankincense didn't fall out of favor until it was associated
    with paganism.

Did it elude the wise men that this medicinal gift would be
offered at both his birth and death? Presented with gold and
myrrh at birth by the magi, Frankincense also was offered to
Jesus again at the cross by Mary Magdalene along with
which has the ability to reduce pain. (Though it was refused by
him at the cross.)

Here's what Dr. Axe has to say about Frankincense:
Above, Dr. Josh Axe describes the many benefits and uses of Frankincense
Essential oils.

A final note of caution about Frankincense...
Never swallow frankincense resin and never ingest frankincense
essential oil without the express approval of your physician as it
may have toxic side effects. Pregnant woman should abstain and
use utmost of caution!

Prepare to live happily ever after with frankincense! Stock up on
frankincense and other essential oils and get back to the ancient
remedies that work.

  • Have a firepit? Get frankincense for the firepit or fireplace
    as incense! Did you know frankincense essential oil makes a
    wonderful firewood oil? The bonus is that Frankincense has a
    mildly euphoric and stimulating effect. Drop some on a dried
    log for your firepit or hearth, but not while the fire is going.
    Instead, wait for the oil to soak into the log (about a half
    hour). It's great for body and mind, and all you need is 8-10
    drops! You will have a healthy meditative environment.

  • Bugged by bugs? Will Frankincense oil keep spiders away?
    Hint: consider peppermint essential oils.

Why are some Frankincense oils more expensive?
There are dozens of species of Boswellia trees, but only four
produce true frankincense essential oil. dōTERRA uses all four of
these species—carterii, frereana, sacra, and papyrifera—to
produce CPTG Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Frankincense
essential oil that’s brimming with benefits,a ccording to the
manufacturer. Below are details...
DoTerra Frankincense
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