With the changing of the seasons, it seemed time to change up our aromatherapy blends. So we've got some new oils blended up in the Northern Lights Kitchen. And for those of you that enjoyed our solid aromatherapy massage bars, they are gone for the winter as we've switched to a more traditional massage oil with the colder temperatures, for an easier application.
When thinking about wintertime blends, I automatically think of peppermint. But I wanted to do something a little more interesting. Enter Frankincense oil.
You probably recall Frankincense as one of the gifts brought to Jesus by the Wise Men in the story of the Nativity, hence its connection to the holiday season. But what is Frankincense really?
Frankincense comes from the resin of the boswellia carterii or boswellia sacra tree, and is typically sourced from Oman, Somalia, and Ethiopia. It has a sweet, woody scent with notes of citrus that might remind you of church (if you went to Catholic school like me!) or maybe even yoga class. Many cultures around the world have used and continue to use frankincense in their services and rituals, but these are not the only uses for this versatile and highly prized oil.
Frankincense works wonders for the skin when applied topically. It is rejuvenative for the skin, improving elasticity, and evening out the skin tone by reducing the appearance of blemish scars and age spots. As with any essential oil, it should be diluted in a carrier oil before being applied to the skin. At Northern Lights Massage, we are currently offering an aromatherapy massage oil called "Enlightened" that is a blend of frankincense and orange essential oils in a grapeseed carrier oil. At home, I use a blend of frankincense and rose essential oils in a carrier of avocado oil as a facial serum before bedtime to keep my skin looking youthful and feeling soft. Here is my recipe for Frankincense Skin Serum:
4 TBSP avocado oil
10 drops Frankincense essential oil
2 drops rose essential oil (optional- omit if pregnant)
Mix ingredients together in a dark colored dropper bottle. Use on face, neck, and decollete each night after cleansing.
Beyond skincare, frankincense oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, and improves immune system function. Use frankincense oil to sleep better, decrease anxiety, treat aches and pains, and stay germ free. One of the most interesting bits about frankincense oil is that some studies even suggest it has cancer fighting properties, but more research needs to be done on this before it is conclusive.
There are so many ways to incorporate frankincense oil into your life! You can use it topically diluted in a carrier oil as described above, or use it in a diffuser. You can find products already made containing frankincense oil, like soaps, lotions, toothpaste, deodorant, candles, and room sprays. Just remember not to take frankincense internally!
Frankincense oil has such a rich history, and I suggest reading these articles if you'd like to know more about it: https://www.mei.edu/sqcc/frankincense and https://www.theglobeandmail.com/world/article-frankincense-omans-white-gold-loses-its-lustre-in-a-modernizing/?fbclid=IwAR3n9FXJzdpzc0DmYHM17Uclcznsb9aAdSZTX_31BK4my_MTaTKBpjpq31s