Frankly Frankincense


“Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense, of each shall there be a like weight. And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy.” (Exodus 30:34-35)


Many of us love essential oils because they make us feel good. And, they do that because they are able to affect us on every level – physical, emotional, spiritual and mental.

12 years ago, when I started my journey learning about essential oils, I realized why Frankincense was one of the gifts given to Christ (and not lemon or peppermint) and why it was chosen to be part of the Holy incense. When you smell (inhale) Frankincense, it makes you feel so good, almost “euphoric” some say! And because it symbolizes divinity, it was one of the gifts given to Christ.

The Ancients were very ‘in tune’ with nature. This is how they found out what certain plants and oils can do for them. For example, Frankincense was considered a cure all, “from gout to a broken head.” Ancient Egyptians used it as an incense, to inhale, internally and for anointing.
There are over 52 references to it throughout The Bible. It’s also mentioned in one of the oldest medical records, Ebers Papyrus, (16th century B.C.), an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes.

If we look at The EDR (Essential Oils Desk Reference) under “Medical Properties” for Frankincense, we’ll find: “Antitumoral, immuno-stimulant, antidepressant, muscle relaxing,” and used for, “depression, cancer, respiratory infections, inflammation, and immune-stimulating.” The pleasant aroma of Frankincense increases spiritual awareness, promotes meditation, improves attitude and uplifts spirits. Many of us believe it will take people thru the New Consciousness! No wonder why this oil was valued more than anything at the time!

When we think of the chemistry of essential oils, they’re very complex; one drop of an essential oil contains hundreds of different molecules and each one of them offers a specific benefit. And because they’re also so small, research showed (in 1994) that they are able to cross the blood-brain barrier. Therefore, they are found to be beneficial for ailments such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s and M.S.; particularly molecules, called Sesquiterpenes, that are high in oxygen and found in a few essential oils, including Frankincense. They also stimulate the limbic system of the brain, our powerful center of memory and emotions.

It’s important to know that there are 3 compounds found in oils:
Phenylpropanoids – they clean the receptor sites. Without clean receptor sites, cells cannot communicate and the body malfunctions, resulting in sickness.

Monoterpens reprogram miswritten information in the cellular memory. With improper coding in the DNA, cells malfunction and diseases result, including lethal ones such as cancer.

Sesquiterpens erase or deprogram miswritten codes in the DNA. They’re thought to be especially effective in fighting cancer, because the root problem with a cancer cell is that it contains misinformation and the sesquiterpens can erase that garbled information.

Essential oils are special creations of God, infused with his Word. (Genesis 1:11-12, John 1:1) Being the products of God’s words and thoughts, they are programmed by thought and they respond to our words and thoughts.

They magnify intent – when we pray over oils, their frequencies increase, and when their frequencies increase, so does their ability to uplift and heal. When our intent is expressed as prayer, oils amplify that intent and increase the effectiveness of the prayer.

There is so much MORE, so I hope I caught your interest!


To your Health!

Ilka Handshaw is a teacher, writer, and a Health Coach with a specialty in Aromatherapy. She can be reached at 734 728-9332; Healing Oils of the Bible class – December’s class! Other Essential oils classes, Raindrop Technique -  private sessions, consultations. Call for details (and Specials!) at 734 728-9332; www.


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