Ayurveda- The healer
Frankincense has been highly valued as a sacred incense and herbal medicine, since Ancient times. It is an aromatic resin from trees of the Boswellia species that has been burned as an incense. This is done to purify the atmosphere since time immemorial in temples, churches, and for sacred rituals. The Frankincense gum traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine is known as Dhoopam. It is said that its smoke wards off bad spirits and sickness, and carry prayers to the Divine. A secondary benefit to burning the resin is that it acts as a natural insect repellent. It is also used around the newborn babies and the new mothers to keep them safe from the airborne viruses and bacteria.
Frankincense Oil is used in Ayurvedic medicines. It is used for the treatment of arthritis. Apart from this, it also promote circulation and prevent the degeneration of cartilage in the joints. By combining it with other herbs like turmeric or ginger, it is used as an anti inflammatory for muscles and joints. Modern research shows that Frankincense Oil has anti-cancer and hepatoprotective properties which in turn helps in the treatment of rheumatism, colitis, asthma, and cancer. It has a purifying effect on the mind and nervous system, and helps to burn impurities from the subtle nerve channels. It can be used in herbal formulas that have an affinity to the mind and nervous system like gotu kola and calamus root as an aid to meditation.
It is known to be highly antiseptic and antiviral as well as supportive to the immune system. For treating respiratory complaints, the essential oil is best infused into the atmosphere with an essential oil nebulizer or diluted into a base oil or blend that can be massaged on the chest. Frankincense oil has a gorgeous woody, earthy, spicy scent that blends perfectly with citrus oils like lemon or orange in your diffuser to make your home smell warm, cozy, and welcoming. It wondrously helps one breathe better. The oil can be used to regenerate skin cells thus helping with the healing of wounds, and to decrease dryness, scar tissue, stretch marks, and wrinkles. It works as an anti ageing tool. Further benefits of frankincense oil include sedative, emmenagogue, and tonic properties. It also aids digestion, cleanse the mouth, prevent gum disease and oral infections, freshen the breath, and prevent cavities. Pressing the gum into cavities can help to slow tooth decay and relieve dental pain.
Useful Links for further reference / resources
history of Ayurvedic medicines http://search.proquest.com/openview/5e51ac2211d7355f4007ebccc5e74f7f/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=40246
Benefits of frankincense oil https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-frankincense-essential-oil.html
I am Himanshu Vaidya, an experienced Ayurveda and Unani medicine expert. I have studied for 20 years about Ayurvedic medicines and I would like to share my knowledge with the world. I am a frequent hiker and have been to lots of places where there are different medicines of ayurveda in practice.