Ask Dr. Hill: Frankincense
Is it safe to take essential oils internally? Ingesting Essential Oils Safely
Safe Essential Oil Usage
The effective internal dose and frequency is dependent on many factors that vary widely from person to person. The necessary dose may change based on the age, size, and health status of the person, as well as their desired health benefit. When using essential oils internally, it is important to regard them with as much precaution as any other supplement. It is best to start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops) and then increase the dose as needed. The recommended internal dose of essential oils is 1–5 drops, depending on the oil or blend. After a certain point, taking a higher dose no longer adds benefit. If you take too much, it can even become harmful. It is better to take a smaller dose, which can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. In total, typically no more than 20 drops, divided into doses, should be consumed in a 24-hour period.
15 May 2018 By Roy Morris
I had the flu and had phlegm for a couple of months and a stubborn cough and didn’t see the doctor as I thought the phlegm and cough would go but they didn’t.
My wife Carole told me to try this Frankincense and Myrrh oil with 2 drops of each into a glass of water in the morning before food and just and before bed.
I noticed I hadn’t coughed at all through the night like normal and had a great night's sleep. 5 days later I am not coughing at all as the phlegm seems to have gone.
Having Major PTSD
for many years after having a major car accident, I use 3 drops of Frankincense and 3 drops of Copaiba oil combined in a small glass of water (never plastic) after food in the morning, 3 drops of each oil after lunch and 3 drops of each oil after dinner.
No more stress, depression, anxiety, dark thoughts, anger outbursts, fatigue, brain fog, nightmares and I sleep so much better.
My Bursitis Testimonial
Morning and night I put 2 drops of Frankincense and 2 drops of Copaiba oil onto my right shoulder which had Bursitis with 2 drops of each also under my tongue and 1 drop of each on the bottom of each foot, the Bursitis was gone in 3 days. It was so painful I couldn't even get my arm above my waist. I cancelled my injection after a scan confirmed Bursitis and the doc wasn't happy. I can't believe this pain has gone and I haven't applied the oils to my shoulder since. I still take the oils orally.
Testimonial from Mary July 2018
I have had chronic bursitis in both my hips since 2001 and I'm intolerant to cortisone so just had to manage the problem. I have done well with regular exercise but sometimes I think it would be nice to have something more instant! I have the Frankincense so I will get the Copaiba this month and try it. Thanks for that and I'll give you feedback!
2 weeks later a reply from Mary:....
Ok Roy I have followed your instructions and it took me a few days longer than yourself...however my right hip responded quickly left took longer but it has worked and I'm really happy as it's easy to do! I have oils and use them for various things. This is the best fix and I thank you so much for sharing it
Testimonial From Jay October 2018
Hi Carmen I tried Roy Morris advice and in less than 10 days my bursitis swelling , inflammation and pain was gone . Previously I had tried everything and nothing worked . The only pain relief I got was very hot bath with epsom salts.
I also tried all natural remedies including deep tissue massage , Bowen therapy, chiropractic, and nothing with helping my pain . Then I decided to use the 2 oils , and almost 10 days my bursitis was gone .
Thanks to Roy Morris
Flu Testimonial From Carole August 2018
Carole had a bad dose of the flu when she woke up. She took 2 drops of Frankincense oil, Myrrh oil and On Guard oil in a glass of water 3 times that day and 2 drops of each oil on the bottoms of the arches of her feet as well. The next morning I said she sounded so much better, by the evening the flu had gone with only some sniffles. I don't know if it is because we got the bug early before it took hold of her or if these oils just killed the flu. Whatever the case it went very quickly.
Not to be taken internally if you are taking blood thinning meds. I am 6ft 2" so I take 3 drops of Frankincense with Copaiba oil in a small amount of water in a glass (never plastic) after breakfast, and one drop of each after lunch and one drop of each after dinner. Depending on your size, if you are 5ft, start with one drop of each oil after breakfast. if you don't mind the taste of the oils take them straight from the bottle under the tongue which gets into your blood very quickly. Also rub one drop of each oil onto the soles or the smooth parts on the bottoms of both feet twice a day as this allows the oils to enter your blood in around 20 minutes. You will only need to use a carrier oil first topically if you have sensitive skin or if you think you may have a reaction to the oils as no two humans are the same. Oils are highly concentrated, treat them as you would any medications by only taking the recommended dosage as one tablet you take from a doctor is potent, so is one drop of oil.
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What Is Frankincense Essential Oil?
(Must read: references)
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Seeing the Unseen of the Combination of Two Natural Resins, Frankincense and Myrrh: Changes in Chemical Constituents and Pharmacological Activities
Frankincense oil is from the genus Boswellia and sourced from the resin of the Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacra tree that’s commonly grown in Somalia. This tree is different from many others in that it can grow with very little soil in dry and desolate conditions.
The word frankincense comes from the term “franc encens,” which means quality incense in old French. Frankincense has been associated with many different religions over the years, especially the Christian religion, as it was one of the first gifts given to Jesus by the wise men.
Boswellia serrata is a tree native to India that produces special compounds that have been found to have strong anti-inflammatory, and potentially anti-cancer, effects. Among the valuable boswellia tree extracts that researchers have identified, several stand out as being most beneficial, including terpenes and boswellic acids, which are strongly anti-inflammatory and protective over healthy cells.
Frankincense oil is used by either inhaling the oil or absorbing it through the skin, usually mixed with a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or jojoba oil. It’s believed that the oil transmits messages to the limbic system of the brain, which is known to influence the nervous system. A little bit of oil goes a long way, and it should not be ingested in large quantities as it can be toxic.
If you’re purchasing essential oils, avoid oils that say “fragrance oil” or “perfume oil” as these can be synthetic and don’t provide the desired health benefits. Instead, look for oils that say “pure essential oil” or “100% essential oil” for the highest quality essential oil.
To improve circulation and lower symptoms of joint pain or muscle pain related to conditions like arthritis, digestive disorders and asthma, try massaging frankincense oil to the painful area or diffusing it in your home. You can add a drop of oil to steaming water and soak a towel in it, then place the towel on your body or over your face to inhale it to decrease muscle aches. Also diffuse several drops in your home, or combine several drops with a carrier oil to massage into your muscles, joints, feet or neck.
Frankincense Interactions/Side Effects
For oil safety concerns, you should know that frankincense essential oil is extremely well-tolerated, especially compared to prescription medications. To date, there are no reported serious side effects of using frankincense oil. However, it’s always a good idea to follow essential oil safety and ingest just a few drops of any essential oil at a time in water or other beverage.
Rarely frankincense oil can cause certain reactions for some people, including minor skin rashes and digestive problems like nausea or stomach pains. Frankincense is also known to have blood-thinning effects, so anyone who has problems related to blood clotting should not use frankincense oil or should speak with a doctor first. Otherwise, the oil may have potential to negatively react with certain anticoagulant medications.
Frankincense is one of the most prized and precious essential oils due to its extensive health benefits.*
It was used anciently in everything from perfumes to lotions for soothing the skin.
Frankincense comes from the Boswellia species of tree and is native to Ethiopia, Somalia, India, and the Arabic Peninsula and has been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese health practices.
It induces feelings of peace, satisfaction, and overall wellness.
This essential oil has soothing properties.
Diffuse Frankincense during your morning yoga practice to focus your intention for the day.
Take one to two drops of this essential oil in a doTERRA Veggie Capsule to support healthy cellular function.*
Add Frankincense to a moisturiser to reduce the appearance of blemishes and to rejuvenate the skin.
When travelling somewhere dry, apply Frankincense to the cuticles and nail-beds to maintain healthy looking fingernails.
Apply this essential oil to the bottoms of the feet to promote feelings of relaxation and to balance mood.
After a day of outdoor activity, massage Frankincense into the hands and feet for a warming and soothing effect.
Frankincense promotes cellular health and can be consumed daily for these internal benefits.*
It may support healthy immune function and response.*
Frankincense helps to support the overall health of the digestive system and the GI tract.*
It may help to support healthy lung and respiratory function, especially when combined with citrus oils.*
It helps to keep the gums, the teeth, and the mouth looking clean and healthy.
This essential oil helps to support the health of the cardiovascular system.*
Frankincense is calming, soothing, and relaxing to the nervous system and supports healthy nervous system function.*
It may have cleansing properties and can help to protect against environmental threats.
Frankincense promotes healthy joint function.*
Frankincense can provide soothing support throughout the entire body.*
It helps to support healthy liver function.*
It supports a healthy musculoskeletal system.*
Frankincense may help to support healthy bladder and urinary tract function.*
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