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April 19, 2016

Boswellia carterii.  The holy anointing oil.  Olibanum.  Frank.  Just a few other names you might recognize as Frankincense essential oil, the precious oil given to the baby Jesus at birth.  In ancient times, Frankincense was considered more valuable than gold, and is listed in one of the oldest known medical records as treatment for many illnesses.  Although it is valuable (and expensive), today you don't necessarily have to posess great wealth to purchase and benefit from Frankincense.

Frankincense essential oil is steam distilled from resin of trees in the Boswellia genus.  It has many benefits, and has been used traditionally to promote relaxation.  

One of our favorite ways to use Frankincense is in diffuser jewelry (try vetiver, lavender, and frank for a calm, grounding blend), but topical use and inhalation via a room diffuser are also popular methods.  Please make sure to dilute with a carrier oil if using topically.

Here are 10 different ways you can be using Frankincense essential oil.  Read on below for more information on each:

  • Stress relief and relaxation
  • Household cleaning
  • Oral hygeine
  • Acne scars
  • PMS relief
  • Cancer
  • Asthma relief
  • Skin care
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Respiratory issues

1) Stress Relief & Relaxation

Long hectic day (or even just a crazy morning with the kiddos)?  Try adding a few drops of Frankincense to your jewelry to enjoy, or add to epsom salts in a bath to bring yourself back to a state of calm.  Frankincense has properties that may help ease anxiety and depression when you breathe it in, without negative side effects.  

2) Household Cleaning

Typically we tend to reach for citrusy oils for cleaning, but did you know that Frankincense has antiseptic and disinfectent properties that make it a great choice for this?  The Indian Spot Blog has some great recipes to try for creating your own household cleaners.

3) Oral Hygeine

Due to those same antiseptic properties noted above, oral-care products using Frankincense can be great preventatives for things like cavities, bad breath, and other oral problems.  Living Libations offers a Frankincense Fresh Toothpaste made with organic virgin coconut oil and other natural ingredients, or you can make your own at home with this recipe from Road to Living Whole.

4) Acne Scar Remedy

Use this recipe from which incorporates frankincense, lavender, tea tree oil, and honey to help lighten the appearance of acne scars. 

  • 2 tsp raw honey
  • 3 drops lavender oil
  • 3 drops tea tree oil
  • 3 drops frankincense oil

Apply the paste an hour before going to sleep, then rinse off before you turn in for the night.

5) PMS Relief

This recipe comes from The Little Book of Aromatherapy (by Kathi Keville) to help ease PMS symptoms.  

  • 12 drops lavender
  • 6 drops sweet marjoram
  • 4 drops chamomile
  • 4 drops ginger
  • 3 drops frank
  • 2 oz jojoba oil

Combine into a roller bottle and roll on or massage into your lower back or abdomen during that time of the month.

6) Cancer-fighter

Ok, you've probably heard about this one, as it's a much talked-about topic.  Frankincense and the big C word.  We found this article particularly interesting, as it discusses studies where frankincense was successful in destroying cancer cells that were not affected by chemo.  As we are not doctors, we can only steer you in the direction to do your own research and talk with your doctor on this subject if it is of interest to you.  There are many success stories out there!

7) Asthma Relief

Often times, Eucalyptus Essential Oil is recommended as effective in caring for respiratiory issues, but Frankincense Essential Oil can be just as effective as a natural remedy for asthma due to its anti-inflammatory properties.  You may try using topically at the bridge of your nose or behind your ears, or inhaling by means of a diffuser or your diffuser jewelry to help maintain clear airways.  Some suggest rubbing Frankincense on your chest during an asthma attack, or massaging on your feet during allergy season.

8) Skin Care
Frankincense promotes regeneration of healthy cells, and can help existing cells stay healthy.  These properties make it great for using in your skin care routine!  You can find products on the market, or make your own.  Add about 5-6 drops of Frank per oz of a current lotion or cream you are using.  Start off small with face creams, as your skin may be more sensitive.  Don't Mess with Mama has a great recipe for homemade toner you might like to try.


9) Yoga and Meditation

During yoga or meditation, you might enjoy Frankincense in your Be Still diffuser necklace, or just put a few drops in your hands and breathe it in for the reminder to stay centered and present and focus on your breathing.

10) Respiratory Issues

Did you know that Frankincense can help relieve coughing and get rid of that yucky phlegm in the lungs and respiratory tract?  It has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties that also may relax airways to reduce the possibility of an asthma attack.


There are so many other uses for Frankincense essential oil; these are just the 10 that we found extremely helpful and interesting!  We also love blending this oil with Lemon, Orange, Bergamot, or Lavender when wearing in our Drops of Joy Jewelry.  Always check with your doctor before using natural remedies, especially if you are currently on medication.  

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