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Frankincense Essential Oil: The Anti-Ageing and Health Benefits


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 or even for thousands year. 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. Many studies revealed the potential use of frankincense for the treatment of diseases including various type of cancers. 

The Anti-Inflammatory of Frankincense Essential Oil

A study by University of Life Sciences, 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 Inflammatory is known to accelerate ageing including skin ageing. Frankincense essential oil can reduce inflammation in the body and slow down the appearance of wrinkles, lines and other signs of skin ageing.


The Wound-Healing Properties of Frankincense Essential Oil

A recent study showed that Frankincense essential oil promoted skin health. Due to its ability to suppress the levels of collagen III and inflammation, Frankincense essential oil speeds up wound-healing process and prevents the scar formation. In contrast to other type of collagens, collagen III has been associated with inflammation and the development of scar tissues.

The main active component of Frankincense essential oil, Alpha-Pinene, is thought to be behind its various health and anti-ageing effects.

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. Due to the difficulties in diagnosing this type of cancer at early stage, pancreatic cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage that makes it difficult for the treatment to be effective.

A study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine suggested that frankincense essential oil possesses anti-tumor activity against pancreatic cancer cells. The same studies 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

Frankincense essential oil is used in skincare to reduce the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, lines and sagging skin. The ability of frankincense essential oil to speed up the wound-healing process suggests that it has the ability to trigger the release of transforming growth factor - beta (TGF-β) in the body. Studies showed that TGF-β rejuvenated skin and reduced various signs of ageing.

Frankincense essential oil is one of the active ingredients in Nano Gold Nourishing Cream and Bio-Renewal Face Oil.

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“ Five star! I’ve been using this moisturiser for over a month now and am super happy. I love how it works on my face! This face cream is light and silky and it makes my skin smooth and firm. It’s not greasy at all and it absorbs right in. It really feels like I am doing something special for myself when I put it on!" Julia, UK.



Your skin condition changes according to external and internal factors such as climate, age and health condition. When your skin is in need of extra nourishment, mix few drops of Bio-Renewal Face Oil with a small amount of moisturiser then gently massage into your skin. Alternatively, gently massage 4 to 6 drops of this nourishing face oil into freshly cleansed skin then follow with a moisturiser. Formulated with 10 bio-actives including cacay oil, frankincense, blue chamomile and co-enzyme Q10; Bio-Renewal Face Oil is a must have for the skin that shows sign of ageing and dryness.

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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 US, UK amd Canada at the top of the list. Join Henry Tianus eNewsletter to receive the latest health and wellbeing tips. 

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Scientific Sources: Frankincense--therapeutic properties, Postepy Higieny I Medycyny Doswiadczalnej (Online), 2016 Jan 4, 70: 380-91; Biological activities of frankincense essential oil in human dermal fibroblasts, Biochimie Open2017 Jun, 4: 31–35; Chemistry and Immunomodulatory Activity of Frankincense Oil, The Zeitschrift für Naturforschung, 58 c, 230D238 (2003); The Story of Frankincense, Middle East Institute; Frankincense essential oil prepared from hydrodistillation of Boswellia sacra gum resins induces human pancreatic cancer cell death in cultures and in a xenograft murine model, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 12, Article number: 253 (2012); The role of the TGF-β family in wound healing, burns and scarring: a review, International Journal of Burns and Trauma, 2012, 2(1): 18–28.

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