Frankincense has been used as a medicinal resource to the body and mind for thousands of years. Its rich, earthy aroma and grounding qualities make it a comforting, gentle oil, while chemically its rich compounds are antiviral, reduce stress and anxiety, and have a noted effect on inflammation. So, what evidence is there to support Frankincense and inflammation? And what studies are even suggesting it has a significant role in cancer treatment?
Frankincense is an ancient aromatic resin, harvested from the Boswellia tree, and the evidence from several clinical studies suggests that it is the Boswellic acid in the resin (Frankincense), secreted by the Boswellia tree, that is responsible for its anti-inflammatory qualities. Research has shown that Frankincense can help with chronic inflammatory conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s, and Bronchial Asthma, as well as many conditions caused by inflammation. You can read more about this in a report published by Thieme Connect and their journal of Medicinal Plant and natural product research.1
Other research around this earthy oils anti-inflammatory qualities is suggesting that Frankincense can play a role in treatments for cancer. It is inflammation caused by cancer cells in the body that has the potential to be reduced, and how Frankincense interacts with these cells is having documented success.2 Other research is also suggesting that Frankincense, and Myrrh for that matter, can prevent cancer cells from spreading3 and also may help kill and prevent cancer4 too.
In a report by Jeremy Howell for BBC World News5, we learn even more about the ancient Boswellia tree.6 Our team here at XTEND5 has found the article fascinating.
Howell journeyed into the heartlands of Oman, a land where the Boswellia Sacra tree has grown and been harvested for thousands of years. Howell’s research also led him to hear from Mahmoud Suhail, an immunologist originally from Iraq who has dedicated his work to Frankincense and its interactions with cancer cells. Suhail has recently partnered with the College of Oklahoma to continue his investigations. In the article, Suhail says this:
“Cancer starts when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted. It seems Frankincense has a reset function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be. Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the cancerous cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.”
Suhail notes that there are seventeen active agents in Frankincense essential oil, and the work is to discover precisely which active agent is having the most significant effect on cancer cells.
Many of the XTEND5 products contain Frankincense, including our morning and evening blends in both CBD and CBA. With evidence growing around just how powerful Frankincense is as a natural medicinal anti-inflammatory, we delight in what nature provides for us, and how precious a resource this ancient oil is.
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