Sunday, April 11, 2010

Scented Saturday 5 - Frankincense

I know it is Sunday I woke up this morning and as I opened my eyes realized that I forgot all about Scented Saturday yesterday... my to tell you the truth I don't even think I realized it was Saturday until yesterday evening. So here it is, a day late Scented Saturday post about Frankincense!

Frankincense has a beautiful smell that fits into so many categories. It is slightly woodsy, slightly spicy and a little fruity. Which is how it landed itself as one of my favorite scents. Frankincense grows from a tree and is collected from the tree resin and then steam distilled to make the oil. The Frankincense tree grows in the mountains of South Arabia and the mountains of the horn of Africa.

Frankincense at one time was valued as high as gold. To this day it is still one of the slightly more expensive oils if you are looking for a pure undiluted mix. Frankincense has many healing properties and was also used in many religious rituals including being used to rid the body of evil spirits. The Egyptians used Frankincense as part of the embalming process.

Frankincense can be used to help skin problems (aging, sores, scars, wounds) respiration (asthma, bronchitis, nasal congestion) scars, sores, meditation/prayer aid, Urinary tract infection, flu, menstruation and many more.

Frankincense blends beautifully with Myrrh, Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, Patchouli, Pine, Jasmine and many more oils.

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