Frankincense comes from the gummy sap that oozes out of the Boswellia trees when the bark is cut. The resin hardens and is scraped off the trunk in tear-shaped droplets. Interestingly, it’s edible and often chewed like gum, according to The History Channel.
Frankincense oil is used by either inhaling it or absorbing it through the skin and is usually mixed with a carrier oil. It has powerful healing properties and when inhaled can be used to calm and improve anxiety. Other benefits of frankincense include:
- Reducing inflammation
- Increasing spiritual awareness
- Boosting immunity
- Fighting infections
- Healing the skin
- Reducing acne and diminishing scarring
And, according to a study published in Biomed Central, it may even contain potential cancer-fighting properties.