Top 3 Reasons To Use Frankincense For Natural Pain Relief
Frankincense oil is derived from the resin of the Boswellia tree. It is a traditional herbal remedy that is good to have on hand for many types of ailments, including natural pain relief. We keep frankincense on hand in our home to help with skin conditions, inflammation, sickness, and other diseases. It has also been shown to be very effective in relieving the symptoms associated with cancer treatments. Frankincense can even help to treat bladder, ovarian, and breast cancer by stopping the growth of future cancer cells.
Due to its anti-cancer properties, we used frankincense on our dog, Olivia, for several months when she was diagnosed with cancer. We combined frankincense essential oil with coconut oil as the carrier oil and rubbed it on her many times a day. We concentrated the application on the areas that were affected by cancer. We are convinced it prolonged her life by several months.
Four Types of Frankincense Oil
There are four types of frankincense oil, based on where the tree grows and the Boswellia tree species. Each variety has different chemical makeups; all of them offer similar therapeutic benefits. Their aromas also tend to vary. Each of them is produced from the stripped bark of the tree and distilled to produce the oil.
- Frankincense Carterii – This variety is sourced from the Somalia mountains and is the most well-known and used variety, with it’s relaxing notes. It is best used for immune support due to its alpha-pinene, and other monoterpenes. This variety aids in breathing and respiratory illnesses and promotes youthful-looking skin, with its ability to repair skin cells. Because of its familiar, relaxing smell, it helps calm the mind and improves focus and peace.
- Frankincense Frereana – This Frankincense is also sourced from the Somalia mountains, but it is found at a higher altitude than the Frankincense Carterii variety. It is high in pinene, thujene, and cymene, all promoting anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory benefits. Because of these properties, it is best for swelling, arthritis, and allergies. It has earthy notes with a citrus-lemon addition.
- Frankincense Sacra – This variety grows in Oman, in very rocky terrain. It is best paired with citrus notes to bring out its anti-microbial properties. It has a high amount of alpha-pinene, which allows it to act as an anti-microbial. This type is the most pungent of all the Frankincense varieties, with its medicinal notes.
- Frankincense Serrata – This is the oldest variety of Frankincense, and is likely the Frankincense that is referenced in the Bible. It contains natural compounds like alpha thujene, alpha-pinene, and limonene. All of these elements create anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and decongestant benefits.
The Best Type of Frankincense for Pain Relief
The most common Frankincense varieties for natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties are Frankincense Frereana or Frankincense Serrata. Although most homeopathic and aromatherapy experts would agree that all types have beneficial substances that help fight inflammation. Frankincense oil is best used by inhaling it through a diffuser or absorbing it through your skin with a carrier oil.
Top 3 Reasons to Use Frankincense Oil for Natural Pain Relief
- Anti-inflammatory– The resin found in Frankincense decreases inflammation caused by osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The resin is used to create the essential oil that many of us use. It can be diffused or added to a salve with a carrier oil to rub on topically. It can be used to help treat bursitis, tendonitis, joint pain, arthritis, and other pain. Frankincense prevents the release of leukotrienes compounds, which cause inflammation in the body. The most potent anti-inflammatory compounds found in Frankincense are Terpenes and boswellic acids. Some studies have even seen these to be as strong as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) with fewer adverse side effects.
- Reduces pain as a result of the decrease in inflammation. When your body is in a calm state with no inflammation, it reduces the pain around your joints. A recent study found Frankincense to be more effective at reducing pain for patients with knee osteoarthritis.
- Increases mobility– Another study found that Frankincense reduced morning joint stiffness better than an NSAID and allowed for more movement in the joints. It is especially effective in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
Other Uses for Frankincense
- Salves are used with carrier oils and other oils to rub on ailments topically to help reduce inflammation and rejuvenate and repair skin.
- Supplements should only be used under an expert health care practitioner’s guidance. Capsules may help with irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease caused by inflammation by helping to repair the digestive tract.
- Extracts or Powders to help fight gum disease and other oral health issues due to its anti-microbial properties.
If you need any more convincing that Frankincense is full of benefits, check out our other post on the Top 3 Essential Oils for Natural Pain Relief.
Be sure you use a carrier oil to dilute your oil. And, don’t purchase any oils that contain filler ingredients such as “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil.”