" Studies suggest that frankincense possesses anti-tumor activity against brain, breast, skin and pancreatic cancer cells."
In modern aromatherapy, frankincense essential oil is often used to reduce stress levels and improve the overall wellbeing. The therapeutic benefits of frankincense have been recognised for many centuries. Frankincense was already used as a remedy for hypertension, fever, ulcers, cough and post-childbirth recovery by the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians.
Scientific studies showed that frankincense possesses various anti-ageing and health benefits.
The Anti-Inflammatory of Frankincense Essential Oil
A study by University of Life Sciences in Lublin, Poland showed that frankincense has strong anti-inflammatory properties that can be useful for the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, rheumatoid arthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. This study also highlighted the potential use of frankincense for the treatment of leukaemia and brain tumor.
Chronic inflammation is known to be one of the major factors in the development of diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and premature ageing. Frankincense essential oil reduces inflammation in the body and slows down the appearance of wrinkles, lines and other signs of skin ageing.
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The Wound-Healing Properties of Frankincense Essential Oil
A recent study showed that frankincense essential oil promotes healthy skin. The main active component of frankincense essential oil, alpha-pinene, is thought to be behind its various health and anti-ageing benefits. Frankincense essential oil helps speed up wound-healing process and prevents scar formation. This is due to its ability to reduce the levels of type III collagen and inflammation in the skin. In contrast to other types of collagen, collagen type III has been associated with increased inflammation and the development of scar tissues.
The Anti-Cancer Activities of Frankincense Essential Oil
Pancreatic cancer is known to cause high mortality with less than 5% survival rate within 5 years from the initial diagnosis. Pancreatic cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage. Due to the difficulties in diagnosing this type of cancer at its early stage, treatment is often not effective.
A study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggested that frankincense essential oil possesses anti-tumor activity against pancreatic cancer cells. This study also highlighted the potential use of frankincense essential oil for the treatment of brain tumor, breast and skin cancer.
The Cosmetic Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil
In skincare formulas, frankincense essential oil is used to reduce the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, lines and sagging skin. The ability of frankincense essential oil to speed up the cellular renewal process suggests that this plant extract triggers the release of transforming growth factor - beta (TGF-β) in our body. Studies showed that TGF-β rejuvenates skin cells and reduces the signs of ageing.
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Henry Tianus is a multi-award-winning Anti-Ageing Scientist based in London, UK. Henry Tianus has been listed as The Recognised Institute Practitioner at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), London (UK) since 2005. Henry Tianus's articles have been read by people in more than 100 countries with USA and UK at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips.
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