In David Crow’s The Ten Virtues of Incense, he writes:
“Fragrant offerings to divinity have always been a major part of every devotional ceremony and ritual. A tear of frankincense melting in a censer; a stick of sandalwood on the altar; a sprinkling of white sage on rocks in a sweat lodge; a bowl of smoldering palo santo chips in an Andean curing ritual: these are the universal expressions of humanity’s desire to communicate with spiritual realms.
But how does fragrance allow us to communicate with the transcendent? Does it form a bridge between the material and immaterial worlds, symbolized so perfectly by smoke rising into the air? Does it attract beneficent devic beings who love the fragrance, taste, and appearance of the offerings, nature’s most beautiful creations? Does it affect our brain chemistry, creating higher states of mental clarity and sattvic emotions, thereby bringing us closer to the ineffable? Does it give substance to the prayers we utter, or external shape to our inner thoughts? These are all ways that people through the ages have explained the powers of using fragrance for communicating with the transcendent.”
The health benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine and vulnerary substance.
Frankincense Oil is extracted from the gum or resin from Frankincense or Olibanum trees, whose scientific name is Boswellia Carteri. The main components of this essential oil are Alpha Pinene, Actanol, Bornyl Acetate, Linalool, Octyl Acetate, Incensole and Incensyl Acetate. Frankincense has been a popular ingredient in cosmetics and incense burners for centuries. It has even been found in the remains of ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon civilizations. Furthermore, It is closely associated with religious traditions and rites, particularly in the Christian tradition.
Frankincense was one of the gifts the Three Magi brought to Yeshua, the King of Kings. Queens, Pharaohs, and wealthy people of long ago, enjoyed a youthful appearance along with better mood and enhanced brain function, thanks to their use of Frankincense. Queens love to be beautiful, that’s why many of them throughout history have used Frankincense as part of their skin beauty regime.
Aromatherapy Recipe: Skin Toner Spray
- Distilled water
- Vodka, Get a good one that states on the label, Distilled 5 (or more) times.That will help insure that there is no gluten in the alcohol.
- Frankincense essential oil
- Grapefruit Essential oil
Mix it all up. Then put it into a spray bottle.
Spray the elixir onto your skin and massage it in if you like. Enjoy the youthful aromatherapy scents.