I periodically reevaluate my inventory of essential oils and select one to research and investigate. I love making new discoveries and learning how to incorporate the oils into my health regime.
Since there is little to no large scale scientific research involving essential oils, I think that it is very important for us, as users, to share our discoveries. For example, one of my first explorations was with the oil blend Peace & Calming. I tried it, thanks to my acupuncturist, when I had a bout with a facial nerve disorder. My journey with that particular oil was the reason that I started using aromatherapy for health purposes. Click here to see the original post.
Recently, I have delved into the world of Frankincense. This week I’d like to share my experience and tell you what Frankincense has done for me over the past month.
Following the birth of my second child, I developed a skin growth on my hip. After checking it out with a dermatologist, I was told it was a seborrheic keratosis – a noncancerous skin growth – and not to worry about it. And it has never been a real problem.
But recently in researching frankincense oil and discovering that it is a known skin rejuvenator, I started trying it on a superficial scar that I have on my thigh. When diluted, the oil felt soothing and was helpful in reducing the appearance of the scar. So, when another seborrheic keratosis appeared on my jawline, I applied the frankincense to the area morning and night. Rather quickly, it started to dissipate. After a couple of weeks, I could barely feel it. To administer, I diluted approximately 1ml of frankincense with 4mls of jojoba oil and replaced the original cap with a roller ball. My husband also had a facial skin growth, we don’t know its origin, but it also disappeared after using the frankincense/jojoba blend. I am now using it twice daily on my larger seborrheic keratosis and, although it is getting flatter and smoother, there hasn’t been a significant change in size yet.
However, there has been another, unexpected side benefit from using frankincense. I am sleeping more soundly and not waking as often during the night! Since I am in the middle of menopause, this is a great boon. When I do wake, I am able to fall back to sleep more easily without feeling anxious. Prior to using frankincense, I would wake frequently at night and find it difficult to get back to sleep. Lying in bed, my mind used to race with a million thoughts. Despite all my efforts to rein in the emotions and reduce the chatter, I would still experience some anxiety. As a yogi, I know what it takes and feels like to be grounded and I can say that I experience this quality more regularly since I have been using the frankincense oil. It seems to amplify the breathing and meditation techniques I use for calming and settling my mind.
What I continue to learn by using essential oils is that results don’t happen overnight. Also, a little goes a long way. So, don’t assume that using more will produce a better outcome.
I think the most important take away here is that these are my discoveries. I have learned from reading about the oils, and also through my yoga studies, that these systems are not scientifically studied on large groups of humans. So we have to base fact on the individual experiences we share with one another. If you have an “oily story” you’d like to share, please leave it in the comment section. I’d love to hear it!
Since this post was delivered, I have had some emails regarding the specific oils that I use. So I have included this follow-up paragraph for reference.
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