Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is an aromatherapy essential oil commonly used in aromatherapy. It offers a variety of health benefits, including helping relieve chronic stress and anxiety, reducing pain and inflammation, and boosting immunity.  Frankincense can even potentially help to fight cancer according to scientific studies. Below are nine ways you can use this powerful essential oil to help keep your family healthy.

  1. Helps to reduce stress reactions and negative emotions
  2. Helps boost immunes function and prevents illness
  3. May help fight cancer or deal with chemotherapy side effects
  4. Astringent and can kill harmful germs and bacteria
  5. Heals skin and prevents signs of aging
  6. Balances hormone levels
  7. Eases digestion
  8. Acts as a sleep aid
  9. Helps decrease inflammation and pain


I am answering a question from one of our blog readers today. I do this on the blog as questions come up.

Q – I would really like to know more about aromatherapy. What is it, what are the benefits, what are some of the things that could be detrimental or harmful?

A – Aromatherapy has been used for thousands of years. Our whole existence is based on aromas. If we disconnect our societal hang-ups and ourselves and went with just odors, we would see how important it is in everything we do. Our olfactory system is the fastest system in our body next to the brain’s system of thought. It registers on a level below conscious thought in less than a millisecond. We go into flight or fight even before we consciously recognize the odor. Our body is already reacting because this is what has kept us alive. There are some people on this planet that are as sensitive as dogs at hunting other people. There is a tribe in the Philippines that can literally hunt a man by his scent. Everybody is different and everybody has their own scent and so does every animal and every plant. So aromatherapy means treatment-using scents. It is a holistic practice dealing with the body using pleasant smelling botanical oils.

Most essential oils are safe to use but there are a number of them that should only be used under the guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner or not at all. There are some that will cause abortions and historically, that is what they have been used for. Some can cause irritation to the skin and mucous membranes. Here is a list of those oils.

Oils That Are Used With Caution Or Avoided In Aromatherapy

Almond, Bitter Prunus amygdalis, var. amara
Aniseed Pimpinella anisum
Arnica Arnica montana
Boldo Leaf Peumus boldus
Calamus Acorus calamus-acorus
Camphor Cinnamomum camphorus
Cassia Cinnamomum cassia
Cinnamon Bark Cinnamomum zeylanicum
Costus Saussurea lappa
Elecampane Inula helenium
Fennel (Bitter) Foeniculum vulgare
Horseradish Cochlearia armorica
Jaborandi Leaf Pilocarpus jaborandi
Mugwort (Armoise) Artemisia vulgaris
Mustard Brassica nigra
Origanum Origanum vulgare
Origanum (Spanish) Thymus capitatus
Pennyroyal (European) Mentha pulegium
Pennyroyal (N. American) Hedeoma pulegioides
Pine (Dwarf) Pinus pumilio
Rue Ruta graveolens
Sage Salvia officinalis
Sassafras Sassafras albidum
Sassafras (Brazilian) Ocotea cymbarum
Savin Juniperus sabina
Savory (Summer) Satureia hortensis
Savory (Winter) Satureia montana
Southernwood Artemisia abrotanum
Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
Thuja (Cedarleaf) Thuja ocddentalis
Thuja Plicata Thuja plicata
Wintergreen Gaultheria procumbens
Wormseed Chenopodium anthelminticum
Wormwood Artemisia absinthium

 

 


Addicted to Tranquilizers?

Author: Dr. Larita
June 1, 2018

Tranquilizer drugs, mostly benzodiazepines, are used to treat the symptoms of anxiety. These drugs are very popular and go by such names as Valium, Librium and Ativan among others. Another smaller group of chemical drugs are also used to treat anxiety symptoms like sweating and palpitations. These drugs are very popular and thousands of people use them and become addicted after only a short time. Besides addiction, there are side effects like headaches, excessive fatigue, depression, menstrual and sexual dysfunctions as well as skin rashes, nausea and other problems.

Aromatherapy offers a safe, effective and natural alternative to the use of chemical drugs to treat anxiety and stress.  It has also proven to be effective in assisting those addicted to chemical tranquilizers to stop their use, even after years. The best use of aromatherapy essential oils to help stress is before the person resorts to chemicals. There are many essential oils that can be used to reduce stress, especially when used in massage by an understanding massage therapist. The first oils to come to mind for this purpose are lavender, neroli and ylang-ylang.  Others that are also excellent choices are bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, rose and sandalwood.


Healthy Skin Care Products Refresh Anyone’s Routine

Author: Natural-Beauty
May 31, 2018

Finding some nice skin care products online is a great way for me to surprise someone with a gift that they will really love. I have been finding some great goodies for my own routine and I love to pick out something for my friends and family as well. It is easy to get into a boring skin care routine and not realize that you are missing out on some great products.

I have been spicing up my skincare routine with some juicy lotions, some fresh fragrances, and lots of fun finds for this spring and summer season. I always get excited to shop online and to find something new and exciting to enhance my skin care. There are so many awesome skin care products out there and they are important to have.

It is fun to give the gift of healthy and beautiful skin at any age with healthy skin care products online. I can shop for my mom, my best female friends, my boyfriend, my brother, and anyone else. The health of your skin is often neglected or forgotten about but it is really essential for staying youthful and letting your natural beauty shine. I am always looking for more skincare goodies.


Aromatherapy is the practice of using aromatic essential oils from different plants to achieve a higher degree of well-being. In the past, it was often viewed as being a somewhat silly practice, only thought of in the form of burning scented candles during a relaxing bath. Aromatherapy has come a long way and many scientific studies have shown the affect scents have on brain waves. As it becomes more and more popular, people are learning just how many truly beneficial uses aromatherapy has on their mind and body.

Aromatherapy is more than just sweet smelling candles and aromatic massages. Check out five amazing health benefits that aromatherapy can add to your life!

Natural Cures

Many aromatherapy essential oils have actual pain relieving qualities. Some have anti-inflammatory and even antiseptic qualities that make them excellent treatments for many common ailments. These can include headaches and muscle aches, and can even treat issues from skin problems to allergies. This is because the pure essential oils used in aromatherapy are extracted directly from plants that have true medicinal qualities.

Stress Relief

One should never underestimate the importance of stress relief. The ability to relax your mind and body can help with a huge variety of seemingly unrelated issues. At the very least, you can prevent a number of different stress-related problems such as migraine headaches, neck and back pain simply by engaging in the right stress-relieving practices. Aromatherapy is among the top recommended stress-relieving practices.

Sleep Habits

Starting with the ability to relax your mind and body, aromatherapy can vastly improve your sleep habits. Getting to sleep, staying asleep, the quality of sleep you are getting and the ability to wake up refreshed are all quality sleep habits that aromatherapy can help you with. In the event that you did not get enough quality sleep the night before, aromatherapy can even help you perk yourself up during your afternoon slump.

Breathe Easy

The right aromatherapy can also help open up your sinuses and breathing passages so you can breathe comfortably and easily. Some scents even have immune-boosting and antiseptic qualities that could help with some breathing ailments such as sinus problems or allergies. With so many different scents, from relaxing to refreshing, you can enjoy each breath you take a little more too.

Mood Enhancement/Stabilization

Sometimes there is nothing worse than being in a plain bad mood. From the moody blues to true depression, aromatherapy can help to put a smile back on your face. Many aromatherapy scents have real mood-boosting qualities that scientists have actually measured based on changes in brain waves.

Aromatherapy is certainly not just about lighting some candles or making massage oils. In fact, it couldn’t be much further from the truth. These are just five of the nearly endless list of benefits of aromatherapy that you can put to work for you. Aromatherapy works in many different ways, from simply using your nose, to using diffusers and different carrier oils for baths or massages and
more.


I can’t believe that the summer season is almost upon us and I have been really enjoying the sunny and warm days that we have been having all spring. It is rare of us to have this many nice days during this time of year, and it has been cool to enjoy them and to break out my shorts and my cute tops and my summer dresses.

With some great skin care products and some nice beauty products, I can be ready to show off my skin this summer. I can’t wait to go to the beach and to enjoy walks along the waterfront and some paddle boarding and kayaking and evenings on the balcony. I have been shopping for some great skin care essentials online.

Quality skin care beauty products have been helping me to take the best care of my skin and to enjoy looking and feeling my best as I get out into the fresh air. I have been feeling confident in my favorite dresses and tops with some awesome skin care and beauty essentials. I can let my skin breathe all summer long. I plan on being outdoors a lot this summer, and my skin care products will keep my skin glowing.


  1. The main therapeutic ingredient in peppermint essential oil is menthol. It has local anesthetic properties and reduces throat irritations. Menthol is similar to the ingredient in cayenne or hot peppers, capsaicin, which stimulates heat sensors without really causing a change in temperature. Menthol, however, has a cooling effect on the body without changing the actual body temperature. Some medications may adversely interact with peppermint oil so please consult a physician it you have concerns about drug interactions.
  2. Muscle discomfort – Peppermint oil can reduce discomfort and relax muscles – dilute 2 to 4 drops and apply topically to the affected area. Use with a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil if you have sensitive skin.
  3. Respiratory health – Peppermint oil acts as an expectorant and can relieve some symptoms of respiratory issues. Dilute 2-4 drops and apply topically to your chest and the back of your neck. Or add 10 drops to boiling water, put a towel over your head and breath in the aroma for 5 minutes.
  4. Energy boosting – Because it is invigorating and stimulating, peppermint oil can help fight fatigue and improve focus and concentration. Diffuse it or apply it directly to your temples, wrists and the back of your neck. You can also inhale it directly from the bottle or add a drop or two to a tissue and sniff as needed.
  5. Allergy symptoms soother – Peppermint relaxes the muscles in the nasal passages and clears out mucus and pollen during allergy season. Diffuse 5 drops, inhale it from the bottle or a tissue as above or dilute 2-3 drops and apply it topically to forehead, neck and chest.
  6. Headache relief – Peppermint oil may improve circulation, soothe your stomach and relax tense muscles. It can also help clear your nasal passages when you suffer from a sinus headache. Apply it to your forehead and temples for relief.
  7. Digestive soother – Peppermint oil helps relax the muscles in the intestines and reduce bloating, gas and nausea. It can also serve as a natural remedy for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS.) Diffuse it, apply it topically to your abdomen or take 1-2 drops internally mixed with hot tea.
  8. Fresh Breath and Healthy and Gums – Peppermint  oil has anti-microbial properties that will freshen breath and may kill bacteria that lead to cavities and gum issues. Add 1 drop to your toothpaste or mouthwash or place one drop under your tongue before drinking a glass of water.


Quality Skin Lotion Replenishes My Skin All Year Long

Author: Natural-Beauty
May 24, 2018

I need to have some good lotion for my skin so that I can ensure that my skin doesn’t get too dry and that it looks healthy all year long. The changing weather conditions can be very hard on my skin, as well as spending lots of time outdoors. I enjoy living an active lifestyle and I like to go hiking or to go on a half-day kayaking trip out on the ocean.

Being in the sun all day long can really dry out my skin and the changing weather can really dry out my skin as well. It is nice to have some great lotion to rely on so that I can make sure that my skin is staying soft and smooth and I can enjoy my daily outdoor activities freely. The lotion that I have been using has a nice lemongrass scent and it is amazing.

I like that this lotion is not too thick and that it absorbs easily into my skin and leaves me feeling fresh and ready for the beach or for a day at work. I use the lotion all the time and it has really helped my skin to stay healthy even during the harsh winters and when the weather gets unpredictable. The skin lotion is a nice way for me to ensure a healthy glow.


Essential Oil Uses

Author: Dr. Larita
May 24, 2018

essential oils5There are probably as many uses for aromatherapy as there are essential oils, but research shows particular promise in relieving stress, stabilizing your mood, improving sleep, pain, and nausea relief, and improving your memory and energy level.

An important element of aromatherapy is synergy, which is why using a combination of oils often creates a much more powerful effect than any one particular oil. With a skilled aromatherapist, the possibilities are nearly endless!

In order to give you an idea of the versatility of aromatherapy, the following table lists some of the therapeutic uses of several oils for a few of today’s most common complaints. As you can see, there are some real “multitaskers,” like lavender and peppermint—oils that treat more than one problem.

Complaint Essential Oils
Stress Lavender, lemon, bergamot, peppermint, vetiver, pine, and ylang ylang
Insomnia Lavender, chamomile, jasmine, benzoin, neroli, rose, sandalwood oil, sweet marjoram, and ylang ylang; lemon can wake you up
Anxiety Lavender, bergamot, rose, clary sage, lemon, Roman chamomile, orange, sandalwood, rose-scented geranium, and pine
Depressed mood Peppermint, chamomile, lavender, and jasmine
Pain Lavender, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint, lavender, and green apple (especially for migraines)
Nausea and vomiting Mint, ginger, lemon, orange, ginger, dill, fennel, chamomile, clary sage, and lavender
Memory and attention Sage, peppermint, and cinnamon
Low energy Black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, angelica, jasmine, tea tree, rosemary, sage, and citrus

By Dr. Mercola


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