Frankincense Oil: Using frankincense oil for scarring April 01 2014
Skin scarring is a part of life, whether caused by acne, skin abrasions, cuts, scrapes, and even surgeries. Scars are a natural part of the body's healing process and are the result of the biologic process of wound repair of the skin and other tissues. Most wounds, except for very minor ones, result in some degree of scarring, when the dermis (the deeper and thicker layer of skin) is damaged in some way. Once the wound is adequately healed, the body produces new collagen fibers to mend the damaged area. This new skin is different in color and texture, and is known as scar tissue.
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) is extremely anti-inflammatory, and has stimulating effects on various important bodily glands, including those responsible for collagen and elastin production. This oil absorbs into the body and impacts both internal scarring as well as external scars, and further helps to keep the affected area free from any infection that may cause further skin damage. In addition to the physical appearance of scars, Frankincense can also help to reduce the annoying itch you might experience as the skin repairs itself. Everyday use of frankincense oil is a great way to maintain overall cellular balance and optimal cell regeneration.
How to use frankincense oil to minimize scarring:
Apply 1-2 drops neat (undiluted) to the affected area. This can be done very soon after wound or injury. Repeat 2-3 times a day.
Add 15-20 drops to a warm (but not too hot) bath. Soak for up to 30 minutes.
Mix 3-5 drops of frankincense oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil or ointment. Massage into skin as needed for relief.
For a soothing skin rub, and for larger areas, mix 3-5 drops of frankincense oil with 2 teaspoons of melted coconut oil (or any type of carrier oil). Massage generously onto skin, and cover with sleeves or pants to allow the oil to fully absorb into skin.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. 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.