What makes Frankincense a mystical substance? In order to answer this question, we will have to go into history as well as the present day.
Jesus & the 3 wise men – Frankincense is well known in our culture about Jesus receiving this gift along with gold and myrrh. Jesus was known to be a calm man (except when he overthrew the money lenders’ tables at the temple!) and it would be interesting to know if he continued his use of Frankincense into his adult life!
If you pick up a Bible you will see references to Frankincense throughout and it was common to have Frankincense in the temple of worship (even to this day some institutions use Frankincense). The word Frankincense appears 17 times in the King James Bible, whilst the word Incense is mentioned 113 times and it is usually assumed to signify Frankincense along with myrrh and other spices. Here is an example;
Leviticus 24:7 “And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, even an offering made by fire unto the LORD.”
Islamic medicine also documents Frankincense to be a useful substance. In the book – “Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet” by Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah, it is explained why Frankincense is favourable from the perspective of the 4 chief body fluids (blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile). There are also some hadith (sayings of Prohpet Muhammed) which you can find on the web talking about how Frankincense strengthens the heart and being useful for memory enhancement.
Aruvedic (Ancient Indian) medicine makes use of Frankincense, commonly known as Dhoopan. For thousands of years Dhoopan was used for healing respiratory illnesses, arthritis, weak female hormone system, rheumatism, skin infections, wounds and for cleansing the air.
Moving onto the modern day, there have been numerous studies linking Frankincense to cancer cures.Now, although we generally like to stay away from over claiming or falsifying what our oil can or cannot do, we are proud to know that our oil is starting to turn heads, particularly amongst the scientific community. Scientists have begun looking at how Frankincense can affect cancer tumours throughout the body – brain, breast and pancreas to name a few. It’s clear that something happens on the micro level when Frankincense is in contact with these tumours but our bodies are so complicated that we cannot just rely on one substance to overcome something like cancer.
In 2008, the University of Jerusalem published an article which states that Frankincense smoke is psychoactive that relieves depression and anxiety in mice. We know there is a close connection between humans and animals and this raises a key question. Does the Frankincense Essential Oil vapour relieve depression and anxiety in humans? Perhaps there is some link, but it’s difficult to conclude a yes or no based on how complicate humans are! However, we have wondered if the vapour is psychoactive because of the warming sensation that is produced when inhaling the Frankincense oil.
It makes you wonder if the ancient people who used Frankincense knew that they had a mystical substance in their hands and it was beneficial to use it regularly.
We are fortunate today because we can easily access the essential oil, whereas the ancients only have access to the resin and smoke! So make use of it!
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