Frankly I Love It

Frankly I Love It

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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.