From the resin of the Boswellia tree comes the magic and wonder that we know as frankincense. Dating back to the Egyptian era, this sticky sap is well known for its religious and spiritual significance. Papyri speak of its benefits for throat and respiratory ailments, its use in ancient embalming rituals and even its properties for skin and hair care. Mentioned in the Bible over fifty times, many are familiar with Boswellia as one of the three gifts from the wise men. Revered by ancient mystics for centuries, the aroma of frankincense moves us into the space of sacredness, preparing us for spiritual endeavours and holy writs. The use of either the resin or essential oil is beneficial for grounding, relaxation, purification, and protection.
Like many plants, Boswellia can also be used for healing and medicinal purposes, as shown by the Egyptians. In fact, this is one of my favourite healers for the skin and can be used in ointments, salves, and infused oils. Modern day research is finding some potentiality for anti-cancer properties, but as with all things, ensure you follow up with your own research. If you decide to work with frankincense, ensure you are using ethical sources for your resin and essential oils. As when things become popular, ethics tend to fall by the wayside. May frankincense bring you glad tidings this winter season.
Correne Omland, Clinical Herbalist & Reiki Practitioner
Spiraea Herbal Clinic + Apothecary