WHAT IS FRANKINCENSE
Frankincense is a fragrant resin (a natural organic compound consisting of a non-crystalline liquid substance) from the Boswellia tree. Its colour in its raw state is pale yellow but would look like golden raisins in its processed state. However, the quality of frankincense is based on its shape, age, aroma and purity.
The Boswellia tree is only grown in the Middle East and Eastern Africa which means frankincense is mostly available in these two areas despite the fact that for more than 5,000 years, frankincense has been traded on the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa during the Silk Road Era.
THE KING OF OILS
Frankincense is known for its multifaceted purposes remedy for improving gut function, asthma, oral hygiene and arthritis, among others, Frankincense, when used on the skin, projects anti-aging qualities which make the skin appear healthy and beautiful. It also evens out skin complexion. The resin, whose key constituents are alpha-pinene and limonene, are powerful ingredients that enhance immunity in the body. Frankincense, because of its multifaceted purposes, has been named by many people as the ‘King of Oils’.
SPIRITUAL BENEFITS OF FRANKINCENSE
Frankincense has a positive influence on, not only our skin and health, but the spiritual part of our lives. In this article, I bring to you, five key spiritual benefits of frankincense.
- In Biblical sense, frankincense is the representation of the Deity of Christ: According to Christian scholars, frankincense, among Christians, stands for Christ, in his supernatural glory. This is seen at the birth of Christ where the three wise men (the Magi). It also represents the sacrifice of Christ on the cross.
Creates a sense of a relaxation: Frankincense, when inhaled or diffused in the air, has the ability to put a person in a quiet mood, fit for prayer and meditative state. It aids in creating inner peace.
- An energy purifier: Frankincense, over decades, has been believed to have the power to cleanse a person’s aura which causes the body and soul to feel balanced and relaxed.
- Helps to relieve stress, anxiety and depression: Given the fact that frankincense has the ability to put a person in a quiet mood, it also helps to relieve stress, anxiety and depression.
- Frankincense symbolizes holiness and righteousness in Christianity: In the days of the Old Testament, frankincense was burned as spiritual incense and a religious offering in the tabernacle.