Healing with Essential Oils

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Source: background photo, Olibanum resin by Peter Presslein.

One of the changes I have made recently after watching the video series, The Truth About Cancer, a Global Quest, is the use of essential oils. Actually my biggest change was in my ATTITUDE towards essential oils. In the past I have viewed the use of essential oils as just another crazy cog in the wheel of natural, hippy, and sometimes quack practices. The information given on the videos, however, piqued my curiosity enough to get me to read more on the subject and that opened my mind to how wrong I was. Essential oils are used for their aromatics and can be used in lotions & creams on the skin, either way the oils have healing capabilities in both people and animals.

The essential oil that I became most curious about is Frankincense (Boswellia carterii), also called olibanum, was traded as far back as 5000 years ago.  Its aromatic resins are used in incense and perfumes and its oil for inflammation healing powers. You most likely know Frankincense  as being one of the gifts of the Three Wise Men – Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh. A common thought now is that it was medicine not wealth that they were presenting Christ Child. Gold is thought to have been Turmeric, the most precious of spices, golden in color. Interesting. Frankincense  and Myrrh are known for their healing and soothing properties which would have been fitting for the new-born. Myrrh was used to heal & sooth wounds.

Specifically my interest is Frankincense to use it to fight inflammation in both my sister and myself. I made up a Body Butter that will help get the frankincense into our bodies. My sister is having a bad bout with arthritis, which for decades has been mostly held at bay, but is now pretty debilitating, as it has flared up as a side-effect from cancer immunotherapy. My inflammation is due to UC (ulcerative colitis) which is not very bad, but could quickly worsen. Frankincense has a good record of helping both arthritis and UC, by eliminating inflammation, so we’re giving it a try.

If you have inflammation issues, and who doesn’t? I encourage you to read up on essential oils and consider their healing powers as an alternative or in addition to any medications. A couple of important points: Use organic, 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils instead of aromatherapy grade if applying to skin. Do not apply undiluted essential oils directly to skin, simply add drops to a carrier oil (shea, olive, coconut) then apply. *I cut the following measurement in half the first time and still had a nice amount to share with my sister.

Recipe for Frankincense Body Butter

  • 3/4 C Shea Butter (pure, organic)
  • 1/4 C. Organic virgin Coconut Oil
  • 10 drops Frankincense (100% pure) – I used this amount even when cutting recipe in half.
  • 1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional, I did not use)

Combine shea butter & coconut oil in small mixing bowl. Mix using a power mixer or handheld submersion mixer. Mix til creamy whipped  smooth texture, scraping down from bowl sides.It will double in volume. Stop and Add drops of essential oil (and vitamin E oil) then mix another 10 seconds. Store your skin cream in a container with lid at less than 76 degrees, away from light. Light decreases the potency of essential oils. If not cool enough and cream begins to liquefy, you can mix again to a creamy texture. A little goes a long way, it does take time to work its way into skin  where it isn’t sticky, after which your skin feels really soft. If you apply to your face, try a small patch first, many people skip the shea butter for face use. Enjoy!

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