Frankincense (‘Lubaan’ in Arabic) is an aromatic resin produced by a certain genus of trees grown mainly in Yemen, Somalia, and Oman, and is traditionally used in perfumes, incense and as a medicine. The resin is tapped and allowed to harden. It is most commonly very light yellow in colour and is discussed as one of the medicines used in the treatment of forgetfulness in the book ‘Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet by Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah’
Prophetic medicine is not similar to that offered by doctors and physicians. Prophetic medicine is indeed the effective treatment and cure provided by the revelation and the guidance of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him); that is coupled with a sound and perfect mind. In comparison, the majority of remedies prescribed by others are built on hypothesis, observation, and experimentation.
It is a fact that many people do not benefit from Prophetic medicine because it will help only those who acknowledge and have faith in it. Thus, they believe that it will help them and they then submit to it. If the Qur’an, which is a cure for whatever the heart conceals, is not acknowledged and accepted with faith, it will not provide a cure for the heart. In fact, the Qur’an will only add more evil and disease to the hearts of the hypocrites. Prophetic medicine is only suitable for good and pure bodies, just as Qur’an is only suitable for righteous souls and feeling hearts. Therefore, when the people ignore Prophetic medicine, it is like ignoring the help with the guidance of Qur’an, which is the most effective medicine. Again, when the medicine does not work, it is due to the negativity in the body and soul that are not suitable for accepting the medicine, not because the medicine does not work. All success comes from Allah.
Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet by Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah – rahimullah
(Page 337 of Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) - Darussalam 2003)
According to texts translated from the works of Ibn al Qayyim (rahimullah), the application of Frankincense as a remedy has a simple and clear reasoning. Mild amnesia, forgetfulness or a weak memory of past experiences, events or words results from a corrupt humour somewhere in the body. This corrupt humour affects different parts of the brain, causing ill-disposition, particularly in people with cold, damp temperaments. This condition produces defective memory and thus blocks the brain’s natural ability to retain messages in sequence or to store information.
Frankincense, which contains the opposite attributes, thus helps to repair and balance the bodily humours. This helps ultimately to remove the blockage and restore the memory. Amongst the other numerous benefits of frankincense; it aids the treatment of tuberculosis, stomach ache and diarrhea, and it helps the digestion, helps expel wind, relieve eye sores / refreshes the eyes, treats infections and helps heal cuts and bruises when used in a bandage. It also helps treat a speech impediment (both tongue-tie and stuttering). Burning frankincense helps repel mosquitoes and other flying insects.
Uses of Frankincense
It has antiseptic, nervine, decongestant and expectorant properties, which makes it an excellent alternative medicine. The uses can be classified into three categories, when it taken internally, when it is used externally, and its aromatherapy uses. Let us look at each in detail.
When Frankincense is used internally
- it helps in treating urinary infections.
- It helps to get rid of bronchial infections, and acts as an expectorant.
- It has analgesic effects and is used to provide relief from pain during menstruation.
- It is also used as a rejuvenating medicine.
- It's a sedative and helps to calm a person.
When Frankincense is used externally
- its topical application helps to relieve from rheumatic and arthritic conditions.
- It is used to treat vaginal infections by using as a douche.
- It is inhaled to get rid of mucus in bronchial infections.
- For dental health, it is used as a mouthwash.
- It is also used to treat gum and throat conditions.
- It is used to make many anti-wrinkle lotions and creams.
When Frankincense is used in Aromatherapy
-Due to its sedative properties it is greatly used in aromatherapy, and smelling frankincense essential oil helps to calm fast breathing.
- This oil is used for meditation, and burning it produces trahydrocannabinole, which is a psychoactive substance considered to expand consciousness.
- It greatly helps to clear the lungs from mucus and infections.
- Women suffering from heavy periods, by using frankincense can lighten the flow.
- It helps to balance oily skin condition.
- It is antiseptic and helps to heal wounds, ulcers, inflammations, etc.
- It also boosts skin vitality and aids in a younger looking complexion.
Skin Remedies: You can use frankincense oil, to treat wounds especially tetanus infections. In case of a bleeding cut or injury, this oil with its coagulant properties can help to stop excessive bleeding. It can also be used to treat inflammatory skin conditions like acne. It also works great for natural skin care and helps to reduce scars and blemishes.
Urinary Problems Remedy: As already mentioned above, it helps in treating urinary conditions. To use it as a remedy for urinary problems, add 8 - 10 drops of frankincense to the bath water.
Menstrual Problem Remedies: Mix 3 - 4 drops of frankincense with 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. When suffering from heavy periods, use the above mix and massage on the lower abdomen. Repeat this remedy twice in a day, to lighten heavy periods. When suffering from severe menstrual cramps, add 8 - 10 drops of frankincense essential oil in bath water.
For Meditation: Burn frankincense resin while mediating. It will help to deepen your meditation.
Cysts Removal: Tea tree oil and frankincense oil have been used for ages to treat cysts. Take 2 drops of tea tree oil and 2 drops of frankincense oil and add 20 drops of olive oil to this mix. Apply this mix twice in a day to the cyst using a cotton bud. Within few weeks the cysts will shrink and eventually disappear.
For Headache: When suffering from a headache rub a drop of frankincense oil to each temple. Within few minutes you will relax and find relief from headache. You can also put few drops of frankincense on the pillow to help you relax and sleep better.
Lung Congestion: Dilute frankincense oil with a carrier oil and apply it to your throat and chest area. If you can tolerate it then apply a bit to the forehead and nose area too. This will help to get rid of lung congestion and stuffy nose.
Disclaimer: This pamphlet is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.
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