If you’re looking to try something new and different for your health, try chewing on some Frankincense resin instead of commercial gum. Pop a tear of Frankincense in your mouth and it soon becomes the consistency of chewing gum, with the aromatic, gently invigorating flavor of the ancient Frankincense herb, Boswellia spp. Unlike commercial chewing gum, Frankincense tears can be chewed for hours (maybe indefinitely? We haven’t tried.) and have been used for ages to promote sacred health when taken internally, externally, and when burned as an incense. So, what are some of the health benefits of Frankincense?
Frankincense freshens the mind, boosting cerebral circulation and promoting clear, balanced thinking. Chewing Frankincense will improve the strength and quality of the voice. It promotes truth-telling and speaking from the heart. Frankincense has a long history of use as a powerful antiseptic and will rejuvenate the oral cavity, leaving your gums, teeth, and throat fresh and clean after chewing. It can be incredibly healing for inflammatory and/or bacterial oral conditions such as mouth ulcers and gingivitis. Chewing Frankincense is stimulating and healing to the digestive processes as well. It clears stagnation and ushers out excess gas, relieving the pain of colic. Dipping the tears in honey can help allay the bitter taste of the resin.
Frankincense is often marketed by its botanical name “Boswellia” as a medicine for arthritis, rheumatism and joint pain. The resin can be taken internally or put into a salve for topical relief. It is a superb anti-inflammatory and circulatory stimulant. It is also balancing to the menstrual cycle and relieves painful cramping. Inhalation of the steam has been known to help break up congestion and fight off bronchial infections of various kinds. Topically, Frankincense is used as an eyewash and an ingredient in healing salves for wounds, bruises, abrasions, and for beautification of the skin.
Frankincense has been burned as an aromatherapeutic incense since time immemorial, and the fragrance it produces is truly magical. Its naturally antiseptic healing incense clears the air both physically and energetically, creating space for improved communication. Charred Frankincense remains are an ingredient in “kohl”, the black powder used for painting the eyes and eyelids in Egypt.
Frankincense’s history of use in the Middle East and Africa is long and sacred. It is native to the Somali coast and areas of the Arabian Peninsula and is obtained by making cuts into the tree bark and collecting the resin that seeps out. It takes anywhere from 2 weeks to 3 months for the resin to harden into the “tears” we can burn, eat, steep for tea, and…chew!
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