Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and is a progressive disease of the
brain in which neurons within the brain are damaged or die. Unfortunately, the disease
progresses and as it does so, more brain cells degenerate. While a definitive cause of
Alzheimer’s has not been pinpointed, people of older age, family history, head injuries, and
some gene combinations are at an increased risk of developing this frustrating condition.
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s include loss of memory, language skills, judgment, social skills and
other functions of the brain. These symptoms eventually progress to a point that the loss
interferes with a person’s normal capability to function, and a person with Alzheimer’s may
also exhibit changes in mood and social behavior.
Frankincense oil aids in oxygenation of blood to the brain, and this effect can aid in oxygen
absorption and as a result, the ability of the brain to process and retain information.
Frankincense oil also contains susquepertines, which have the ability to go beyond
the blood/brain barrier and contribute greatly to balancing hormones and emotions.
Susquepertines act to increase oxygenation of the pineal and pituitary glands in the brain,
allowing for ideal balance of emotion-regulating and memory-stimulating hormones.
Diffuse frankincense oil in a steam vaporizer throughout the day. The diffusion of the oil
creates a warm and invigorating scent that rouses the mind and allows for an increased
ability to retain and utilize information.
For use topically, add a few drops to an unscented carrier oil (such as almond or jojoba)
or lotion and rub on any desired part of the body. Adding a couple drops to a morning face
regimen can help set the stage for increased mental function throughout the rest of the day.
Frankincense oil can also be used topically in its pure form for mental strength and
stimulation. Add a few drops to the bridge of the nose, behind the ears, on the back of the
neck, to reflex points such as the inside of the wrists, between the toes and on the bottoms
For a quick brain boost, place a few drops on palms or a handkerchief, rub together, hold to
nose and mouth, and breathe in deeply.
Add 10 drops to a warm bath or shower, both morning and night.
As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with
your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very
empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own
discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.