In the essential oil world, frankincense is knows as the King of Oils. There’s a good reason for this. It is potent, powerful, and amazingly versatile. Frankincense is considered a tonic as it has a positive impact on all of the body’s systems: respiratory, nervous, digestive, urinary, muscular, immune, etc.
Most of us know frankincense as one of the three gifts given to the Christ child. Along with myrrh and gold, frankincense would have had considerable value and was a lucrative trade item from 1000 B.C. – 400 A.D. But what exactly is frankincense? It’s actually dried sap from trees in the Boswellia genus family. These trees are native to Oman, Yemen, Somalia, and Ethiopia. After collecting the sap, it is allowed to harden into a resin which is later steam distilled producing an essential oil.
Chemically, frankincense essential oil is a complex mixture of monoterpenes such as alpha-pinene, Limonene, alpha-Thujene, and beta-Pinene. What does this mean to the average person who doesn’t have a degree in chemistry? The diverse chemistry works together to provide many benefits and therapeutic properties. Let’s take a look:
AND….it boosts the performance of all other essential oils
Amazing, right? Now let’s talk about how you actually use this stuff. In general, we use essential oils in 3 ways: aromatic, topically, and internally.
Aromatically. You can pop off the top and inhale. Put a drop in your hand, rub your hands together, cover your nose and inhale. It’s pretty simple. To receive more lasting benefits, try diffusing frankincense in an essential oil diffuser. Diffusers break up essential oils into tiny molecules which can be easily dispersed throughout the air. Everyone in the room receives the benefits.
Topically. Frankincense can be applied topically to the skin. We generally add a drop to fractionated coconut oil and massage into the needed area. Here is a dilution chart with suggested dilution ratios. When applying to the face, I add a drop of frankincense to my moisturizer. Frankincense is a mild oil and can be applied neat but, interestingly, essential oils are often MORE powerful when diluted.
Internally. Occasionally, you may choose to use frankincense essential oil internally. This can be particularly effective for GI issues. Simply add a drop of frankincense to 8 oz of water and drink. My daughter often has horrible head tension. A drop of frankincense pressed to the roof of the mouth really helps!
There you have it. Everything you wanted to know about frankincense but were afraid to ask. To find out how to get a bottle of frankincense FREE, click here. You need this stuff!
On Mondays, I share how I’ve been mindful about our finances and consumption over the past week. I’ve just started doing this and I hope it inspires you to be more intentional and mindful about your own purchases. I’d love to hear your feedback.
Last Thursday was Thanksgiving and we spend the week at the beach. We stayed in a gorgeous 3 bedroom condo with amazing views. This is our Thanksgiving tradition and our attempt to focus on experiences over things. It was lovely, peaceful, and restful.
I meal planned beforehand. This ensured that we ate well on vacation. It’s a money saver, too.
I packed up a box of food staples to take along (spices, tea, sugar, etc.) and other necessities (trash bags, detergent) so I wouldn’t need to purchase extra.
We went out to eat three times. That’s pretty good for being on vacation for 8 days. At least, it is for us.
I did ZERO shopping on Black Friday.
We read a lot on vacation. Instead of purchasing downloadable books on Amazon, I checked out a few digital books from my local library.
My hubby opted to purchase a couple of books on Amazon. After downloading, he realized that he already read one of the books and had previously bought a digital version. I requested a refund. 13 days had past but Amazon is pretty awesome and they refunded me $10.
What about you? What have you done to be intentionally mindful with your money this week?
Thanksgiving is a time for giving thanks for all that we have. This includes family and community, health and well-being, and often abstract things like freedom and peace. It also includes our possessions. I’m thankful for a home that is properly heated and cooled, my favorite coffee mug, my iPhone (just being honest; I love my 6Plus), and my gorgeous white kitchen. Although I have a lot of possessions, this year I have fewer. I’m giving thanks for less.
In early 2016, I stumbled across a blog, Becoming Minimalist. What I read resonated with me on so many levels. My husband and I tend to have minimalist style but this is very different from embracing a minimalist lifestyle. Even though our home was clutter-free and without knick-knacks, it was filled with excess. Closets were filled with clothes that we didn’t even wear. Our attic was overflowing with boxes and stashed items that were difficult to part with. We owned more dinnerware, towels, and linens that we would ever use. Friends who entered our home would assume that we were minimalists and lived simply. Like most Americans, we didn’t embrace minimalism. We embraced our stuff.
Inspired by The Magical Art of Tidying Up, I started with my purge with clothing. I looked at every item I owned and asked, “Do I need this? Do I love it? Does it bring me joy?” I also asked, “Does it fit?” Because, c’mon ladies, we all have that-pair-of-jeans, right? I purged like crazy and donated over 50% of my clothing to a local thrift store that provides funds for a domestic violence shelter. I only kept 14 pair of shoes. ONLY 14 pair of shoes. It was a start.
This Thanksgiving, I have significantly fewer possessions but so much more to be thankful for. Purging and decluttering feels so good. You can feel the release emotionally and mentally. If you’re like me, physical clutter equals mental clutter. Our stuff can hold us back. Do those jeans that fit you 5 years ago serve a purpose? Are they really a motivation or an inspiration? Or are they a constant reminder of failure and something you “should” be? Is there someone else who may need them?
Maybe next year, I’ll have 7 pair of shoes. But maybe I’ll have 15. Either way, I’ll love them, need them, or both. And I’ll be grateful for all of them.
Of course, we are also using our essential oils. And, of course, they are really helping. Essential oils are incredibly versatile and have some pretty awesome health benefits. Here’s just a little bit about what we are using and how we are using it.
Essential Oils & Broken Bones
Lemongrass. Lemongrass is good for connective tissue and tendon support. It also helps with the normal aches and pains associated with a broken bone. Lemongrass relaxes the muscles and improves blood circulation.
Cypress. This essential oil is good for the circulatory system. After knee surgery, the circulation in my daughter’s foot was poor. A little massage with Cypress quickly brought blood flow back.
Deep Blue. This is a propiratory doTerra blend of wintergreen, camphor, peppermint, ylang ylang, helichrysum, blue tansy, blue chamomile, and osmanthus. Individually, these oil support healing for the bones and ligaments and help with pain and inflammation. It’s a powerful combination.
Immortelle. This is another doTerra pr0piratory blend. It consists of frankincense, Hawaiian sandalwood, lavender, myrrh, helichrysum, and rose essential oils. If you know essential oils, then you know that these are all individual powerhouses. Mostly, I’m using this blend to help improve the skin and prevent scarring.
Marjoram. Marjoram helps with pain, sprains, and muscle spasms. It’s a much under-used essential oil but one to keep on hand to support aches and pains.
Frankincense. Frankincense helps reduce inflammation and also helps to reduce scaring. It is knows as the king of oils and for good reason. When we are dealing with a major issue, we always add in frankincense.
AromaTouch. This is a doTerra propriatory blend containing cypress, peppermint, marjoram, basil, grapefruit, and lavender. Notice that we are already using a few of these single oils. Because we are using the oils several times a day, sometimes I will opt for using just AromaTouch and frankincense. It’s just a bit easier.
Correct-X. This is an ointment that contains frankincense, helichrysum, melaleuca, cedarwood, and lavender. It soothes the skin and promotes physical and internal healing. We have been using this on the incisions on my girl’s leg. It keeps the area clean and will help the area heal nicely.
With essential oils, consistency is key. I try to use the oils a few times a day. I don’t use them all. Generally, I’ll pick a few and layer them. So, in the morning, I might use cypress, Deep Blue, and frankincense. Mid-day, I’ll grab AromaTouch and frankincense. At night when her leg is tired from the day’s activities, I use them all.
For ease of use, I have these pre-diluted in 10ml roller bottles. A 10ml roller bottle holds 180 drops so I will use about 20 drops of essential oil and then top with fractionated coconut oil. Diluting essential oils actually makes them even more effective because the essential oil absorbs more readily into the skin. You can read more on diluting essential oils here.
The oils have been a tremendous help. Often, my daughter will ask for them. Her pain is reduced and the scars are healing very nicely. Be sure and talk with your doctor about using alternatives. They really are a great addition to your healing.
It’s been a crazy few weeks in our household. 2 months ago, my daughter fell while skateboarding and injured her knee. We took a trip to urgent care where they diagnosed a bad sprain. One month, 3 x-rays, and an MRI later, we realized that it wasn’t a sprain but a very bad fracture. Surgery was scheduled and, fortunately, all went well. There are times when modern medicine is necessary and this was definitely one of those times.
I’m grateful for our skilled orthopedic surgeon as well as a medical facility with modern, cutting edge equipment. I did a lot of research and chose a surgeon with a great reputation and a ton of experience. Fortunately, our family uses Samaritan Ministries and we are able to choose our own doctors and have no limitations on second opinions or treatment plans. Again, I’m 100% grateful.
It was a pretty bad break and my daughter’s recovery process involves a lot of physical therapy. I am a believer in natural alternatives and quickly started researching herbs, essential oils, supplements, and alternative treatments that would promote bone and tissue healing as well as relieve discomfort. Here are a few things that are working for us.
Dr. Christopher’s Bone & Tissue. This is a blend of herbals that helps to regenerate healthy tissue and bones. My girl is taking the herbal supplement and the ointment. Both promote healing. Be sure and read the reviews on Amazon. Good stuff!
doTerra A-Z multivitamin. This is a whole foods based supplement. Bones are composed of many different minerals. The body needs vitamins and minerals in order to develop and thrive. Bones need minerals to grow and heal.
doTerra PBAssist Jr. This probiotic is designed specifically for children. During the surgery, my girl was given an IV antibiotic. Antibiotics kill the good and bad bacteria in the gut, thus, destroying the immune system. Probiotics are super important, especially after antibiotics. Research suggests that, after a single round of antibiotics, gut bacteria can be impacted for 6 months or longer.
doTerra IQMega. This is a fish oil flavored with wild orange. Not only is fish oil brain food, it supports healthy ligaments and joints.
Collagen is excellent for healing bones, ligaments, and tendons. Bone broth is a great source of collagen. An alternative is Great Lakes Gelatin Collagen. This is a powder that can be added to soups, smoothies, juice or even coffee.
Alternative Healing & Therapy for Broken Bones
Castor Oil Packs. I started researching castor oil packs a while ago and actually purchased a kit. The benefits are really crazy. Castor oil packs reduce inflammation and act as a lymphatic stiumlent. The first time I used a castor oil pack on my daughter’s knee, both her chiropractor and physical therapist noticed a huge reduction in swelling.
Craniosacral Massage. Craniosacral massage is a gentle massage technique that stimulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. This type of massage has many benefits and it helps to flush anesthesia out of the body.
Yoga Therapy. We started off with a traditional physical therapist and it didn’t go so well. There was a lot of force involved. My mama intuition told me that we needed to find another physical therapist. We located a local practicioner who specializes in Yoga Therapy and it’s been phenomonial. It’s much more gentle and focuses on yoga type stretches and deep breathing. It’s one-on-one and feels like a private yoga session. Be advised, it’s still painful for my girl but her physical therapist is pretty awesome.
Massage Therapy. Physical therapy is a necessity; massage therapy is an amazing counterpart. After a month in a brace, my girl’s leg muscles quickly started to atrophy. Massage therapy helps to release the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that have become tight and unused. In order for the knee to operate effectively, all parts of her leg and foot need to be functional, too. Never overlook massage therapy in your own healing. Research shows that it can significantly help with pain, anxiety, muscular tension and relaxation. It might seem like a luxury but, truly, it’s a necessity.
When looking into alternatives, it’s best to work with your doctor. Most traditional doctors aren’t knowledgeable about supplements. Look for a natural-minded chiropractor, DO, or alternative practitioner that you resonate with. And, as always, do your own research. ‘
We have had great success incorporating these alternative supplements and modalities. Stay tuned for my next post where I will discuss using essential oils during the bone healing process.