Once a commodity that was worth its weight in gold, this treasured, ancient oil might be reborn as a way to prevent degenerative disease.
One of the most precious essential oils of the ancient world, Frankincense has been historically used for:
- cleaning and dressing wounds;
- as a salve for cuts, bites, and sores;
- as a foot rub and skin softener (very apropos for the ancient sandal-wearer);
- internal immune support;
- a luxurious skin moisturizer when blended with coconut oil (one of Cleopatra’s favorites);
- a mood enhancer, both topically and aromatically (one of Mark Antony’s favs).
The records show that Frankincense was produced in Dhofar as early as 7,000 BC. In ancient Egypt, Frankincense was thought to be the sweat of the gods, and was used in mummification ceremonies.
Warm winters and showery summers are the perfect conditions for the Boswellia sacra trees to produce the sap called Frankincense. These trees grow wild in Dhofar, between yemen and Oman.
This sweat of the gods may turn out to be a modern-day wonder.
Frankincense And Disease
In research studies, scientists have observed that there is an agent within Frankincense which stops diseased cells, such as cancer, from spreading, and induces damaged cells to close themselves down.
According to the researchers, Frankincense appears to separate the “brain” of the cell (the nucleus) from the cell body (the cytoplasm), and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.
As an example, cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted. Research has observed that it seems Frankincense has a re-set function – it can tell a cell what the right DNA code should be.
Working with Frankincense could revolutionize the treatment of degenerative diseases. With chemotherapy, doctors can blast the area around a tumor to kill cancerous cells, but that can also kill healthy cells, and can weaken a patient’s immune system. According to the research, it appears that Frankincense could eradicate diseased cells and let the others live unharmed.
Time will tell with more upcoming research.
Who knows, a little Frankincense might make me look like Cleopatra.