Emotional And Energetic Properties Of Frankincense Essential Oil
Of every fragrance on mother Earth, frankincense must surely be the most enigmatic. Very few plants have a more distinguished history than frankincense.
You might recognise its name from the story of the Nativity, however its usage is far, far older. Frankincense forms a vital part of most religious rituals of the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Middle East.
Interestingly, German researchers from Leipzig University reveal that when frankincense resin is burned, it activates the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol. This molecule, famously found in cannabis, adheres to the psychoactive CB1 receptor which also modulates cognition, memory, appetite, pain, itching and nausea.
It is likely that this CB1 activation by frankincense helps you to enter a trancelike meditative state, removing the boundaries of the physical and mental bodies, helping you to connect with the divine.
Further, frankincense could help you when trying to slow your breath.
Breathing, of course, forms a vital part of meditation, and is quintessential for changing brain waves from busy alpha to meditative theta state.
Breathing, not only has an incredibly important function to our everyday life, it has a mental and spiritual significance.
We take our first breaths, the moment we manifest on this earth, and our final breath signifies the moment we leave it.
Deep breath is how we fully incarnate our spirit. When people can’t breathe, and take very fast, shallow breaths, it results in anxiety and panic like states. Our breathing is usually also affected when we are feeling anxious or down.
When we are sad, we sigh.
But conversely, a sigh will also accompany bliss, for deep breath is how our body manifests satisfaction.
Essential oils do not have side effects, only many main effects and with this ability to breathe more deeply, comes a deep calm, a feeling of warming comfort, and profound sense of relief.
Frankincense is ruled by the sun. Think of how it forms and softens underneath the burning star.
It is strengthening and fortifying but also regal and select. It builds courage, and happiness and of course, warms the body. It’s in tune with the ego, and the quintessential essence of a person.
Think of how your star sign in astrology dictates what your overarching personality will be like. We can use frankincense to help get to the essence of who we were, before life influenced us.
Frankincense is creative in nature. This makes it an incredibly powerful oil for people who have become cynical or have let creativity fall by the wayside because people told them it was a waste of their time, or they have felt they simply weren’t as good as other people at it.
Where most essential oils have some kind of theme, frankincense has two.
- It restores elasticity.
- It relinquishes control.
In some ways, the two are the same.
We think of how our personalities have an elastic nature.
With help, they can spring back to where they were, before they were pulled in a different direction such as by external pressures of society.
Frankincense essential oil is a very useful choice for people who are perfectionists, struggle to relinquish control and refuse to leave nothing to chance.
These people are often prone to nervous burnout.
You’ll find, while they’re not bi-polar, they have this incredible up and down, and up and down, nature to their moods.
Their ups are frenetic and full of energy, but their downs can be extremely melancholy, dark, and destructive, and of course their physical body simply can’t take the pace.
Immunity drops, and we see a spiral in health, completely derived from this mental push, push, push that they do to themselves.
While frankincense would not be immediately considered as an immune boosting essential oil, we can see how, for these people, it could bring about a radical change.
Often these people struggle to sleep.
They don’t know how to switch off, and their brains – while not worrying, frets about things they have to do, things they have to research, things they have to find out…
Frankincense helps us to connect with the divine.
For those who cannot be kind to themselves, perhaps higher energy needs to step in. Frankincense very quietly opens the door to higher source.
Very importantly, it is associated with the Crown chakra.
Frankincense is a wonderful oil for people who overstretch.
It restores elasticity. We are mainly talking about emotionally and spiritually but aromatherapists and massage therapists might also look to use it on tight muscles (diluted with a carrier).
Skin too, delights in being treated to frankincense oil. The ancient Egyptians soaked frankincense resin in oil and used it to embalm their mummies. It has incredibly preservative properties. As such, it is often a fundamental choice for face creams for wrinkles.