Frankincense Essential Oil

frankincense essential oil

Babylonians and Assyrians would burn Frankincense in religious ceremonies.

Frankincense essential oil is renowned as one of the most prized and precious essential oils. Frankincense may have extraordinary internal and external health benefits.

In addition to its notoriety in the New Testament, the ancient Egyptians used Frankincense resin for everything from perfume to salves for soothing skin. This centuries-old knowledge contributes to the modern uses of Frankincense today. It’s soothing and beautifying properties are used to rejuvenate skin and reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

As the king of oils, Frankincense is known to possibly promote cellular health and immunity and can be consumed daily for these internal benefits. It may also promote a healthy inflammatory response and acts as an overall tonic to the body’s systems, helping them function optimally. When inhaled or diffused, Frankincense may induce feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

Primary Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil

  •  May helps build and maintain a healthy immune system 
  •  Possibly promotes cellular health 
  •  May reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks

Properties of Frankincense

  • Anti-catarrhal: an agent that helps remove excess catarrh from the body. Expectorants help promote the removal of mucus from the respiratory system.
  • Anti-depressant: an agent that helps alleviate depression.
  • Anti-inflammatory: an agent that alleviates inflammation.
  • Anti-microbial: an agent that resists or destroys pathogenic microorganisms.
  • Anti-spasmodic: an agent that prevents and eases spasms or convulsions.
  • Immune-stimulant: an agent that stimulates the natural defense mechanism of the body.

Uses of Frankincense

  • Rub Frankincense on your hands after a long day of gardening or working to promote a normal inflammatory response. 
  • Can help promote youthful, radiant–looking skin and slow the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of skin imperfections. 
  • Can be applied to the bottoms of feet to help relax and balance mood swings. 
  • Dry weather can take a toll on your nails. Try applying a drop of Frankincense to possibly strengthen weak fingernails.
  • Why not try using it for coughs? Rub it on your neck and throat to help relieve that nagging cough that is associated with soar throats.

Body Systems Primarily Affected by Frankincense

  • Emotional Balance
  • Immune System
  • Nervous System
  • Skin and Hair

Notes on Blending

  • Classification: Enhancer (50% to 80% of the blend) Equalizer (10% to 15% of the blend) 
  • Blends well with all oils.

Main Chemical Component

Alpha pinene

Additional Information - Frankincense essential oil prepared from hydro-distillation of Boswellia sacra gum resins induces human pancreatic cancer cell death in cultures and in a xenograft murine model.

Quality of the Essential Oil

The information provided here on the benefits, properties and uses of this oil do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", many brands are not a therapeutic grade of essential oil. Be aware that only about 50% of the product needs to be an actual essential oil for the label to read "pure." Reading the label can sometimes tell you if the essential oil is already diluted with carrier oils, such as jojoba or almond.

Research what goes into creating a therapeutic grade essential oil. Choose a brand that follows these stringent guidelines.

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region
  • Grown without chemical pesticides
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Supplier has relations with distillers
  • Extracted with proper temperature and pressure to preserve molecules
  • Third-party testing of each batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of oils