For over 5,000 years, frankincense has had many vital uses that go well beyond just being an anointing oil. It was used to support the immune system, fight infection and cure disease, even as a potential natural treatment for cancer. Today, the most common frankincense benefits include:
- Reduces inflammation
- Contains potential cancer-fighting properties
- Increases spiritual awareness
- Boosts immunity
- Fights infections
- Improves anxiety
- Heals skin and reduces acne and scarring
The oil is also renowned for rejuvenating mature skin properties, reputedly smoothing out wrinkles and helping with the appearance of age spots and crows feet. The oil is slightly astringent which is also good for balancing oily skin.
This astringent nature of frankincense is also good for clearing mucus in the lungs and therefore is particularly useful for enhancing lung function.