Frankly I Love It
Ahh, frankincense. The scent of my childhood. My mother would burn resin that family would bring back from trips to Somalia over coal to scent the house every chance she got – after cooking and cleaning, before guests would visit, special occasions like Eid and whenever else simply she felt like it. It’s not a very modern scent, but it’s a familiar one that brings back many a fond memory whenever I crack open this bottle of frankincense essential oil I ordered from Naturally Thinking to add to future mixstress concoctions. The great thing is that it’s so versatile; I can mix it into body lotion for a post-workout massage or make a foot softening scrub with ground pumice, castor oil and a drop of peppermint and frankincense oil. Here’s a few more uses I’ve found:
- Couple drops + facial oil = skin plumping, anti-ageing treat – After extensive research, the brains at Decléor have found that frankincense can increase collagen production by 119%, so adding a few drops of the stuff to your facial oil (my oil of choice being Essence of Morocco’s Facial Argan Oil*) will leave your skin looking brand new in no time.
- Turn that frown upside down – Frankincense is a known mood lifter so when you’ve got the blues or it’s that time of the month, it might help to add some drops to a reed diffuser.
- Post workout pain be gone – Referring to the pain that hangs over you after a workout, a personal trainer once said ‘it hurts so good’. But no matter what you tell me, an hour long kettlebell workout hurts bad. There’s nothing like a hot bath with a splash of frankincense to soothe that much hated but very inevitable post-workout ache.
- Personal Perfumer – As much as I love buying fragrance and dousing myself with perfume at counters, I find pleasure in making my own. I’ll melt some beeswax and shea butter, then add some drops of frankincense, rose and patchouli essential oils to create something that’s completely unique.