A few months back, I suffered a knee injury in jiujitsu. Initially I had the typical minor swelling, constant pain and inflammation. I began the rest, ice, elevation, gentle strengthening and movement routine that you may be familiar with if you have ever had an injury. Because I use certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils frequently at home, I began researching what oil could be beneficial for my pain and healing.
An interesting oil that began to learn more about during this research is Frankincense. It is derived from the resin of the Boswellia tree, which thrive in East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and India. You might recognize Frankincense as one of the three gifts that the Bible states were given to baby Jesus by the Wise Men. For over 5,000 years people in East Africa and the Arabian peninsula have produced this resin and numerous Chinese, Greek, Latin and Sanskrit sources document is use historically for personal, religious and medicinal uses.
I discovered ancient traditions are confirmed by modern day research on the powerful benefits of Frankincense as an analgesic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-depressant, astringent, carminative (reduce gas), cicatrizant (wound healing), cytophylatic (cell regeneration), digestive, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, immune boosting tonic and anti-carcinogistic.
In addition, Frankincense has been shown to be the most valuable essential oil for slowing and deepening breathing and thus helping to reduce anxiety, stress and nervous tension. It is useful in treating colds, bronchitis, coughs, sore throats and asthma. The unique chemistry of Frankincense allows it to cross the blood brain barrier and facilitate oxygenation of cells. This is the optimal communication at the foundational cellular level. It has even been shown to be helpful to restore some tone to slack facial skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It seems to help our cells, tissues, organs and body systems remember how to be perfect again at the deepest of cellular levels. Frankincense is good for almost everything apparently.
I am happy to report that after doing my research, I used Frankincense daily and I no longer have that nagging medial knee pain and my leg strength is good. If you would like more information on therapeutic grade essential oils, please contact me.