Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Dr. Paul

In keeping with the season I thought it would be appropriate to
talk about the very special essential oil given to the Christ Child
by the Wise Men-FRANKINCENSE.
This oil has been researched and developed in modern day by
Dr. Gary Young, one of the pioneers in the rebirth of essential oils
in North America in the last 20 years. Frankincense is steam distilled from gum/resin of the plant Boswellia
carteri. This plant originated in Somalia, but is now grown and processed
in North America. There are numerous biblical references to Frankincense
(over 52); some specific quotes are Exodus 30:34, Leviticus 2:1, and Leviticus 2:2. Frankincense is also known as "Olibanum" or Oil from Lebanon. The actual name
Frankincense is derived from the Medieval French word meaning "real incense" Having trouble
with remembering the spelling? I always remember it as Frank-Incense. This wonderful oil is considered as the "holy anointing oil" in the Middle East
and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. During the
times of Christ it was used to treat every conceivable ill known to man and was well known for its anointing and healing powers. It was actually valued more than
gold during ancient times, and only people with great wealth and abundance were able to possess it. Today research has discovered that Frankincense helps to stimulate the center of
emotions in the brain known as the limbic system. It also stimulates the Hypothalamus,
known as the master gland of the body, which regulates the release of many hormones including thyroid hormone and the body's own cortisone (cortisol).
Frankincense is being investigated in Europe for its ability to improve human
growth hormone production. Medical indications for Frankincense include the following: Asthma, depression,
and gastric ulcers. It helps stimulate and elevate the mind, and contributes to the
bodies ability to overcome stress and despair. It also is known to help the immune
system. It has been used by many for help with allergies, insect and snake bites,
bronchitis, cancer, respiratory infections, headaches, herpes virus infections, high blood
pressure, inflammation and stress. It is able to penetrate the blood brain barrier, which
is believed to be responsible for much of its direct action on the brain. It enhances the activity of leukocytes, which assists in the body's defense against infections. In humans it is used to increase spiritual awareness and assist with meditation. It improves attitude, uplifts spirits thereby helping the immune system. Frankincense is one of my favorite oils. I use it topically daily on myself. I use it on many cancer patients, in topical ear products, and in any endocrine disorder (such as hypothyroidism). It may be applied directly to the skin, or it may be diffused (nebulized) into a room. Heating Frankincense to aerosolize it into a room is NOT a good idea because heat destroys the molecular structure of the oil. Also, it is flammable. Frankincense is special oil that seems to uplift spirits of both people and pets and may be diffused into a room using a non-heating nebulizer to create a very peaceful and pleasant environment. It may be used as a companion oil with virtually any other essential oil. Yes, it is one of the most expensive oils I use in my practice, but I believe it really is a beneficial oil in many medical cases. ... I hope you all have a very joyous holiday season. Thank you all for your support this past year. MERRY CHRISTMAS Dr. Paul

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