Well, I think I found out what happened and why my lovely butterfly rash appeared. I realized that I had begun taking frankincense capsules and the rash suddenly appeared. Now, frankincense is relatively safe for everyone to take or use the essential oil. It is really good to help with many areas and one is regulating the immune system and helping balance it. In lupus, our immune systems are overactive, so by balancing our immune systems, it aids in disease activity.
So, for instance, when I take prednisone for flares, I always get the rash. It is like the med triggers the rash but the rash leaves soon thereafter. I am thinking this same thing is happening with the frankincense as well. Since it is attempting to balance my system out, it triggered the rash, much like the prednisone does for me as well. So, I am happy to see it is helping me overall! Now, I found this excerpt below that tells more of frankincense benefits. PS. I take capsules of it, called Boswellia, every day and I use the essential oil daily as well.
Here is an excerpt from a web page that helps explain a little bit more of the benefits.
Frankincense Essential Oil Benefits: Fighting Pain and Inflammation
The beauty of immunomodulators is that they can stimulate an under-productive immune system that allows illness to creep in, while also relaxing an over-productive immune system that attacks itself or benign substances with inflammation, often becoming painful, chronic, and debilitating.
By regulating inflammation, frankincense oil is a powerful tool not only for acute illness but for chronic and autoimmune disorders such as Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and bronchial asthma. Weight and other metabolic issues are tied to inflammation as well, so even when these chronic conditions are not an issue, inflammatory illness is still a concern to monitor and prevent.
While inflammatory conditions are often painful, frankincense essential oil benefits can help with other pain relief as well. In Omani culture, it is traditionally used for pain in muscles, intestinal discomfort, and arthritic pain. (10)
In 2014, researchers local to Oman tested frankincense essential oil and extracts to validate this practice compared with aspirin. Of the various preparations tested, frankincense oil showed the strongest pain inhibiting results with over 50% in both early and late phase pain. Researchers concluded that,
“The present study provided the scientific justification about the analgesic properties of the essential oils, extract, and various sub-fractions obtained from the resin of B. sacra, thus validating its use in traditional folk medicines and other products; and hence supporting the development in the analgesic properties of bioactive natural substances.” (11)
from the web page https://drericz.com/frankincense-essential-oil-benefits/