They are both gummy resins that are tapped from the inner bark of two different trees that grow in the Arabian peninsula, Africa and India. A resin to a tree, is akin to a scab on our skin, so clearly, these resins are more protective to the shrub than plain sap.
FRANKINCENSE is rich in “boswellic acids,” an ingredient that has strong anti-inflammatory benefits. You may find it as “frankincense” or “boswellia.” It can come as a liquid extract or capsules you take orally, or as essential oil which is used on the skin or in aromatizers/diffusers. 100% Pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils (like the one’s I use: NATURE'S SUNSHINE or DoTerra or Young Living) CAN BE taken internally but consult your health care provider or essential oils representative first.
*DO NOT ingest oils you purchase from a health food store unless you are 100% certain of their quality& purity. Just use topically. ALWAYS keep away from your eyes.
BOSWELLIA (herbal Frankincense) is found in 3 products: IF RELIEF, RELIEF FORMULA & JOINT HEALTH. It is known to HELP THE THYROID & KILL CANCER!! Woohoo!! Keep reading…
Boswellia has been studied and found to prevent the growth of certain types of cancers in ‘test tube’ studies. In 2009, researchers examined AKBA or “acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid” and found positive benefits. This study was titled, Frankincense Superior to Chemotherapy in Killing Late-Stage Ovarian Cancer Cells. This is not the first study to suggest anti-cancer properties. The results of another study proved that frankincense oil could help with bladder cancer. The researchers concluded, “Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment.”
Let’s talk about MYRRH, which is another resin extracted from the Commiphora myrrha tree. Research confirms the presence of guggulsterones in myrrh which may help with cholesterol ratios, specifically by lowering LDL. Guggulsterones are blood thinners so be careful and don’t combine with aspirin, NSAIDs, warfarin or other blood thinners. Pregnant women should also avoid myrrh since it’s a uterine stimulant.
Most people talk about a topical form of Myrrh (essential oil) which is commonly used to soothe your skin and help with gingivitis. So profound is myrrh’s ability to heal damaged tissues, Greek soldiers carried it into battle with them to use for skin infections and gangrene.
Myrrh is a strong anti-bacterial, anti parasitic and antifungal. If you want to take it internally, you can look for herbal extracts. Myrrh also possesses strong anti-cancer properties. A Chinese test tube study published in 2013, found that “cycloartane-type triterpernoids” could destroy prostate cancer cells. Pretty impressive! In fact, just inhaling the scent of pure frankincense or myrrh can cause your brain and heart to respond favorably.
Clearly frankincense and myrrh are still a wise gift of health, seeing that they were fit for the King of Kings!!!