Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense’s History

Boswellia Frereana, also known as olibanum, or Oil from Lebanon, the name frankincense is derived from the Medieval French word for real incense. Frankincense essential oil is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. 
 
Along the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula comes the most prized Frankincense in the entire world. Grown high up on the grid plateaus, frankincense comes from a very low twisted bush-like tree that lacks a central trunk with it many prickly branches and pinnate leaves that extend every which way. Its sacred gum is obtained by slashing the roots and branches, making a deep incision then peeling back a narrow strip of its silvery bark, allowing the milky-white substance to ooze out. Once the air hits this substance, the sticky gum hardens into lumps. These lumps are either left on the tree for two weeks to dry or gathered and stored in mountain caves to dry for several months. Sap from the Frankincense is gathered until the middle of September, when rain showers ends the harvest season.
 
Caravans of camels carried this precious and rare spice packed in sheep and goat skins in quantities of 20 to 40 pounds through the bleak Arabian Desert, west along the Red Sea coast, a trip that takes months as described in Isaiah 60:6 and Jeremiah 6:20. In the Red Sea regions, Frankincense is not only valued for its sweet odor when burnt, but as a masticatory as blazing lumps of it are frequently used for illumination instead of oil lamps. Its fumes also serve as an excellent insecticide with its powerful bouquet, giving off no known toxicity.
 
Frankincense resins continue to be used for religious rites, medicines and perfumes. When combined together with other spices such as cinnamon or cassia, they create a myriad of scents. Its fragrant smoke that burned in censors was offered to guests to make clothes, hair or beards smell pleasant. The sweet vapor dispelled the unwanted scents of unwashed bodies, as well as refuse in the streets. It also served as an insect repellent, warding off infestation from the many sacrifices and offerings. Today, Frankincense is collected for use in the home as incense, cosmetics and perfumes, refinishing varnish, and chewing gum.
 
Used to treat every conceivable ill known to man, frankincense resins and essential oil was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it. Researchers today have discovered that frankincense essential oil contains sesquiterpenes, which helps stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of emotions) as well as the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. 
 
The hypothalamus is the master gland of the human body, controlling the release of many hormones including thyroid and growth hormone, Frankincense essential oil is now being researched and used therapeutically in European hospitals and is being investigated for its ability to improve human growth hormone production and used in the treatment of cancer.  Frankincense essential oil comes from the gum resin, which is typically steam distilled. 
 
Color: Pale Yellow Green
 
Consistency: Medium
 
Strength of Aroma: Strong
 
Aromatic Scent: Rich Woody, Earthy Scent
 
Note: Base
 
Blends Well With: Cedarwood and Cinnamon.
 
Biblical References: Exodus 30:34, Leviticus 2:1, Leviticus 2:2, Leviticus 2:15, Leviticus 2:16, Leviticus 5:11, Leviticus 6:15, Leviticus 24:7, Numbers 5:15, 1Chronicles 9:29, Nehemiah 13:5, Nehemiah 13:9, Song of Solomon 3:6, Song of Solomon 4:6, Song of Solomon 4:14, Matthew 2:11, Revelation 18:13
 
Hebrew Word: Strongs #3828 lebownah {leb-o-naw’} 
Meaning: 1) frankincense 1a) a white resin burned as fragrant incense used in compounding the holy incense
 
CAUTION: Non-Toxic, Non-Irritant and can be used by most anyone.

Frankincense Essential Oil’s Healing Properties

Plant Origin: Middle East, Somalia
 
Medicinal Properties: Expectorant, Immuno-stimulant, and Antidepressant 
 
Common Uses: Anti-inflammatory, Arthritis, Antiseptic, Astringent, Carminative, Digestive, Diuretic, Sedative, Tonic and Expectorant.
 
Other Uses: Asthma, depression, and ulcers. High in sesquiterpenes, it is stimulating and elevating to the mind and helps in overcoming stress and despair, as well as supporting the immune system. This oil may help with allergies, bites (insect and snake), bronchitis, cancer, respiratory infections, diphtheria, headaches, hemorrhaging, herpes, high blood pressure, inflammation, stress, tonsillitis, typhoid, and warts.  
 
Application: Diffuse or apply topically.
 
Note: It contains sesquiterpenes, enabling it to go beyond the blood brain barrier. It increases the activity of leukocytes in defense of the body against infection.
Frankincense’s Spiritual Significance
In biblical times, Frankincense was used for religious ceremonies. It was believed the prayers of the Cohanim (priests) on behalf of the people would ascend to heaven amidst the gentle wafts of incense. The Cohanim at the Temple in Jerusalem burnt a kilogram of incense each day with their prayers.  
 
Exodus 30:34 records that Frankincense was one of the elements used in the Holy Anointing Oil and was burnt with other substances during the meat and flour offering (Lev. 6:15). In Leviticus 24:7 we read of how Frankincense was placed in purified form on the showbread in the tabernacle. Unlike the other ingredients of the Holy Incense, frankincense was also used in other parts of the Temple. It was specifically forbidden to add frankincense to a sin offering, or to an offering to identify adultery, perhaps indicating its holy nature. The giving of this incense to Yeshua at his birth has been interpreted as symbolizing his priestly office (Exodus 30:34; Lev. 2:1,15-16; Matt.2:11). Historical documents reveal that the Queen of Sheba offered this prized aromatic gum to King Solomon. During Roman times, the Frankincense globules were worth there weight in gold.
 
The Hebrew word frankincense means pure or white, because of the snowcapped mountains of Lebanon where frankincense is grown, as well as the milk-colored drops of aromatic resin that flow from the slashed inner wood of the tree.
 
The Scriptures describe in Psalm 133:2 how Aaron was anointed with the Holy anointing oil (which included frankincense) for priestly service. It tells of how this oil dripped down upon his head, running down his beard to the edges of his robe, indicating that it was more than just a dab on the forehead! 
 
Yeshua’s priestly bride is anointed with the Holy Spirit, by our High Priest Yeshua, and should emanate from our wedding garments as well. Revelation 1:6 says: “And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
 
One of the priestly duties prescribed for the Levites as ministers of the Lord was to burn incense before the ark in the Holy of Holies. Exodus 30:8 tells us, And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.
 
Frankincense, a main ingredient of this incense, burned day and night before Yahweh. This white pillar of smoke that ascended, reaching toward Heaven represented the prayers of the saints rising before His throne. The book of Revelation 5:8 says:
 
And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four [and] twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints.
 
A portion of this prescribed incense was not burned but simply placed before the ark in the Holy of Holies. God said that this is where I will meet with thee: it shall unto you most holy (the holiest). Leviticus 24:7 says, And thou shalt put pure frankincense upon [each] row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, [even] an offering made by fire unto the LORD.
 
Pure frankincense was placed on the loaves of bread (representing Yeshua) to symbolize the purity and fragrance of Christ, the true bread of God. We are reminded of Yeshua’s words in John 6:32: Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.
 
This portion represented the intercessory prayer made by Yeshua to God on our behalf, and He continues to pray for you.