The Frankincense tree is a scraggly but hardy tree which originates from Oman and the Middle East. By slashing the barks of the tree, a sticky, fragrant resin is produced from which the Frankincense Oil is derived.
The scent of Frankincense is stimulating, helps in overcoming stress and despair, elevating the mind, and is also believed to encourage a meditative state, bringing balance and peace to individuals.
Traditionally it has also been used for skin ailments from acne to wound healing. To take advantage of some of the skin healing properties of this oil it may be added to skin creams or toners.
In an aromatherapy diffuser, frankincense can be used for bronchitis, colds, coughs and voice loss, as well as to calm the mind, reduce anxiety, cultivating internal peace and placing past obsessive states into perspective. Due to its properties, Frankincense is also known to reduce the symptoms of ADHD and cancer.