Frankincense  (Boswellia Thurifera)

Frankincense distilled from the gum which seeps from the bark of the frankincense tree is a particularly useful oil in treating anxiety & hyperactivity. It has a warm spicy scent and is known to be almost overwhelming in its ability to relax the mind whilst inducing a “higher state” of consciousness. Frankincense is known to slow down & deepen breathing which is why it is so conducive to prayer.

Deeper breathing can help those suffering from stress related asthma or fatigue because it enables the body to acquire more oxygen.  It also helps to slow down speech which in some people can be enough to slow their minds down & reduce feelings of panic & overwhelming emotions.  Frankincense is a sedative so it can help with stress related insomnia & it is helpful in calming the digestive tract reducing symptoms of indigestion, irritable bowel & bloatedness.  It has a balancing effect on the skin so many  Frankincense is one of the “jewel’s in the Aromatherapy Crown”.

There is probably no civilisation in the East or West that has not prized Frankincense – Egyptian, Persian, Babylonian, Assyrian, Greek, Roman & Hebrew cultures all attached great importance to its use as a purifier &  Holy Ointment.

It is mentioned in the thirtieth book of Exodus in the Old Testament because as Moses led the Jews out of Egypt in 1240BC he received instructions from God to use Frankincense to make Holy Incense.

The Egyptians were the first to use Frankincense in 1500BC.  Pictorial evidence from the tombs of the Pharoes has shown that they  blended it with animal fat & honey for use as a cosmetic face mask.

The Romans used it as a medicine with Avicenna the Greek physician responsible for treating the Roman Emperor writing: “It strengthens the wit & understanding of man”.  Culpepper the English 16th century herbalist wrote “there is little that can be better for depression, poor memory & to strengthen the nerves”.

Personal favourite for my daughter at University – studying engineering and maths and suffering from exam anxiety and fatigue. Added to 15ml of shower gel

Frankincense 2 drops  Lavender 2 drops orange sweet 1 drop

Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile)

Chamomile distilled from the Herbal flowers is one of the best oils available for treating anxiety & insomnia. It has a calming  & anti- depressive effect. Chamomile has a profoundly balancing effect on the emotions which makes it ideal for the hyperactive, workaholic types or the chronic worriers. It is anti-inflammatory so helps with aches and pains caused by age related conditions.  It is a useful oil to use to help treat stress related skin conditions such as allergies & eczema.  It is generally believed to stimulate the immune system so it is useful for those people who tend to succumb to “bugs” when they are working very hard.

Chamomile has been used for over 2000 years for treating nervous complaints.  Its name derives from the Greek Kamai meaning ground apple because of its fresh fruity scent.

Chamomile (continued)  It was called Maythen by the Saxons & was revered as one of their nine sacred herbs.  It was later adopted by the Christians & dedicated to Saint Anne who was the mother of the Virgin Mary. In the language of flowers chamomile stands for “Patience in adversity”. It is often known as the “Plants Physician” because it seems to improve the health of the plants within its immediate vicinity.

Personal favourite for my husband who has arthritic knees and often feels work pressure.  Diffuser in the evening

Chamomile 4 drops   Myrhh 2 drops  Bergamot 4 drops

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