Frankincense: Not Just for Meditation!

by | Apr 6, 2012

So many things to write about…so little time! But, I would be remiss if I didn’t discuss Frankincense in this ET, as she has come up several times in the last few days, and I have learned to pay attention when that happens.

So, here are a couple of stories about Frankincense.

My husband, Leonardo, plaintively asked me the other evening if I could suggest some other oils for the sinus infection/excruciating headache he has been experiencing for the past several weeks. To be honest, I wondered what else I could possibly recommend that he had not already used! All of a sudden, Frankincense came to me. Many of us know of Frankincense’s wonderful abilty to facilitate deep meditation and spiritual expansion. Many also know of her powerful anti-cancer properties. But sinuses? However, I have learned to listen to my intution. So, I ignored my “thinking” mind and followed my “heart” mind, and got him the Frankincense.

Of course, I can’t just use one oil…so I also brought Helichrysum gymnocephalum (excellent anti-histamine, wonderful for allergies), White Pine, Thyme geraniol, Niaouli, Wild Marjoram and True Basil. I applied about 5-7 drops of each on his forehead and up into his scalp just before he went to bed. Moments later he told me that something had shifted…and he went to sleep. We have applied these daily and at night for the past three days, and his headache has almost completely gone…just a fleeting touch of it once in a while…and he feels like he is finally truly on the mend.

The morning after the first time we tried this collection of essences, I received an email from a dear friend & student in Pennsylvania, Linda. It was entitled simply “Frankincense”. Here is what she said:

“Just wanted to mention the Frankincense that I got for my eyes. Yesterday, my sinuses were so clogged; it’s not been fun! I’ve been doing inhalations and all the things that help. I thought about how the eyes and sinuses are similar pressure points and dabbed on Frankincense. I felt so much better right away. I slept well and got up feelking like my old self this morning.”

After reading this, I laughed to myself about the “parallel worlds” we had been inhabiting and began to appreciate Frankincense in a whole new way. And, for those of you who might like a little more information on the Helichrysum I mentioned above, there is an article in the most recent Wisdom of the Earth quarterly newsletter on Helichrysum (all four of the ones that we carry). Here is a link to that issue on the Wisdom of the Earth website, if you are interested. There is a little burgundy button you can click to link to the most current issue.

If you have an experience with Frankincense that you would like to share, please drop me a line. I would love to hear about it!!

Warm regards,
Audre Gutierrez
Master Medicinal Aromatherapist
Owner, Shining Sun Aromatherapy & Partner, Wisdom of the Earth

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