Uses and Benefits of Frankincense | Dr. Josh Axe

Uses and Benefits of Frankincense | Dr. Josh Axe


Hey guys, Dr. Axe here, doctor of natural
medicine and founder of draxe.com. In this video I’m going to train you on the
top uses and benefits of the most powerful essential oil in the world, frankincense essential
oil. Frankincense has been used for thousands of
years for treating many conditions related to the immune system, inflammation and even
cancer. I’ll talk about where all those benefits come
from in this short training video. So let’s start off talking about the amazing
history of frankincense oil. First off, again, we know it’s been referenced
for thousands of years. In fact, it’s referenced in in the Bible when
the three magi, also called the wise men, brought the infant Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense,
and myrrh. Frankincense has been referenced to being
as valuable as gold throughout history because of its medicinal benefits. Also, in looking at frankincense, there are
many different types of frankincense, and its scientific, or Latin name, is called Boswellia. So when you are buying frankincense, you want
to look for a brand that follows organic standards in their farming, a brand that’s therapeutic
grade, and specific species of frankincense. My favorite species is called Boswellia frereana. It’s a type of frankincense that’s found out
of the Middle East, oftentimes areas like Oman, a very, very powerful type of frankincense,
and it’s called Boswellia frereana. Also, there’s Boswellia carteri, which is
oftentimes found in Somaliland of Africa, and then, also, Boswellia sacra, or Boswellia
serrata. Oftentimes those are often found in India
today. So again, there are many types of frankincense. You want to find a frankincense that’s therapeutic
grade, certified organic, and sourced indigenously when buying frankincense. Now let’s talk about some of the incredible
benefits and how to use this super oil on a regular basis. The number one benefit that you’re going to
find in a lot of studies today is frankincense’s ability to fight cancer. Now frankincense contains a compound called
alpha pinene, and pinene has actually been shown to have antiseptic properties, and in
terms of petri dish studies, has been shown to fight cancer. That doesn’t mean that frankincense oil is
a cure-all. It does mean, though, that along with other
therapies, frankincense oil could potentially be a natural cancer agent. Now there actually was a case study done on
frankincense oil, and it’s been shown to be effective at actually fighting skin cancer. If you know somebody with skin cancer, frankincense
oil could potentially be, according to research, a treatment, again, not an only cure, but
again, a treatment to be used along with other things in fighting skin cancer. So again, the anti-cancer properties of frankincense
are powerful due to the sequesterins that are found in there, as well as alpha pinene
and the other beneficial compounds found in frankincense. Now, here is the second big benefit of frankincense,
it is incredible for your skin. If you struggle with acne, if you struggle
with, especially scars, or stretch marks, or any type of mark or redness on your skin,
frankincense has the ability to even out skin tone. It’s great for age spots, sun spots, acne,
again, and any type of cellulite, varicose veins, any type of skin issue. Frankincense is probably one of my top two
essential oils for anti-aging of your skin. Third big benefit of frankincense essential
oil is its ability to reduce inflammation. That might be its most powerful benefit. The Boswellia species of frankincense is known
for reducing inflammation, especially when it comes to your joints. So again, if you have joint inflammation,
skin inflammation, or any inflammatory skin condition, start using frankincense on a regular
basis. Now, the main way I recommend you use frankincense
is topically, okay? So again, if you’ve got a skin issue developing,
hey, about two to four drops of frankincense on an area, or mixing frankincense oil with
a carrier oil, or something thick, kind of like a shea butter, okay, shea butter, jojoba
oil, coconut oil. Mixing it in that area, rubbing it directly
on the skin is so beneficial. Also, therapeutic grade and certified organic
frankincense has been shown to be GRSA. That means it’s safe to take internally in
proper dosages. Typically you can do two drops on your thumb,
rub it on the roof of your mouth. It’s a great way to actually get it into your
body internally, or taking it in capsule form to naturally reduce inflammation within your
body. Some more benefits of frankincense and using
it on a regular basis. Another one of my favorite uses for it is
for supporting the immune system. If you want to protect yourself against different
types of bacteria, or getting a cold and flu, let’s say if you’re going to the office, or
your kids are going to school, taking several drops of frankincense and rubbing it on the
lymph nodes of the neck is a great way to naturally support the immune system. Another big way that I love to use frankincense
oil is for meditation and prayer to increase spiritual awareness. In fact, the Eastern Orthodox Church often
still uses frankincense. That’s where we got the word incense. The smell of frankincense, because of its
great smell and its ability to reduce brain inflammation, which in turn allows you to
better focus, pray, connect with God, meditate and have clear thoughts in thinking. So again, frankincense oil, amazing. I know some yoga instructors who diffuse it
during class. I know I, myself, oftentimes I wake up in
the morning and anoint my head with oil with frankincense and myrrh and then spend time
being grateful, with visualization, with prayer, reading scripture. All of those things are great, and a major
benefit of using frankincense oil. Remember this, one of the things that I always
say, when in doubt, use frankincense. If you want to know the best essential oil
for its general health benefits, frankincense oil is one of the best because of how it benefits
the immune system. It benefits your cells. It benefits your respiratory system. It benefits your liver. It benefits almost every cell and tissue and
organ of your body. So again, frankincense oil, very, very powerful. And if you want to learn more about frankincense
oil, you can do a Google search online of Dr. Axe frankincense, and you’ll see I’ve
written several in-depth articles on all of the benefits and how to use it to take your
health to the next level. So again, if you want to use the king of essential
oils, frankincense is your best bet to take your health to the next level. And hey, don’t forget, if you want to learn
more about the amazing benefits of essential oil, make sure you subscribe here to my YouTube
channel. Hey guys, this has been me, Dr. Axe, talking
about the many benefits and uses of frankincense essential oil.

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