Frankincense Essential Oil

Boswellia Frereana

If you have read the bible you know that Frankincense Essential Oil has been considered a holy and precious oil for many centuries.

It has been used from antiquity as an incense in religious rituals and in therapeutic treatments. Since ancient Egypt it has been used in perfumes and cosmetics.

It is native to the Red Sea region of the Middle East. It grows in North East Africa and China.

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What is Frankincense Essential Oil?

Lets start with some basic information; a brief description of where the oil comes from, what it contains and how it is obtained. The following information is provided by Bill Fifield in his book "Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy".

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About Frankincense Essential Oil

Family: Burseraceae
Origins: A native to the Red Sea region of the Middle East. Grows throughout north east Africa-mainly Somalia and Ethiopia. It is also grown in China and distilled in Europe and India.
Description: A small shrub that yields a resin that is collected by making cuts in the bark. The milky liquid solidifies into a solid amber gum that is distilled for the essential oil or burned for incense.
Extraction: Essential oil by steam distillation
Botanical Part Used: Oleo gum resin

Principal constituents: Mainly monoterpene hydrocarbons, pinene, dipentene, limonene, thujene and others.

Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy
by Bill Fifield  (forward by Dr. Daniel Penoel)

Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil

"Frankincense is used to improve brain health and as an anti-inflammatory" CBN News - Oils from the Bible

Frankincense oil has a nice spicy aroma which promotes relaxation and tranquility. When you inhale it, calming messages are sent to your brain which affect your emotion, motivation and long term memory.

Frankincense essential oil has also been used to treat the immune system, inflammation and even cancer.

Methods of Application

Caution:

  • Possible skin sensitivity
  • Consult your physician before using if pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition
  • Avoid your eyes, mucous membranes and sensitive skin
  • Do not use on infants and young children
  • Keep out of the reach of children
  • Do not use near flame, heat or sparks
  • Do not store at temperatures above 120F (49C)
  • Aromatically - Can be inhaled or diffused into the air
  • Topical - Can be applied to the skin (may require dilution with a carrier oil)
  • Internal - Can be taken internally in foods or beverages
  • Neat - Can be taken at full strength

Suggested Uses

Anti Aging

Frankincense Essential Oil promotes the growth of new cells that can alleviate problem areas such as age/sun spots.

Frankincense Essential Oil can be used anywhere your skin becomes saggy or wrinkly. It strengthens and improves elasticity.  Mix 6 drops with a tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage the area once or twice a day.

Other Oils for Anti Aging

Main Page Anti Aging

Arthritis

Frankincense Oil has powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, and analgesic properties.

Frankincense can be mixed 50:50 with a carrier oil and consumed in a gelatin cap or massaged into the painful area to relieve the inflammation from arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis.

Other Oils for Arthritis

Main Page - Arthritis Relief

Cold and Flu

Blend with a carrier oil (50:50) and take in a gelatin capsule for viral infections.

Frankincense Essential Oil is very effective at clearing mucous and phlegm from your sinus and throat. (see Respiratory System below)

Other Oils for Cold & Flu

Main Page - Cold & Flu

Depression

Whenever you feel nervous or tense, or in need of a good depression remedy, try rubbing a few drops on the bottoms of your feet. I have found it easiest to drop Frankincense oil on one foot and then use it to rub the other foot so I don't get any on my hands.

Several times a day, apply a drop on your temples and forehead as well as the crown of your head and the base of your neck.

Diffuse into the air to combat depression, anxiety and stress.

Add Frankincense to a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut in a 50:50 blend to fill some gelatin capsules. Consume one capsule 3 times a day with some food.

Other Oils for Depression

Main Page - Depression Remedy

Digestive System

Calm an upset stomach or overcome nausea by inhaling from a tissue.

Other Oils for Digestion

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Emotional Balance

Diffuse into the air to combat depression, anxiety and stress.

Whenever you feel nervous or tense try rubbing a few drops on the bottoms of your feet. I have found it easiest to drop Frankincense oil on one foot and then use it to rub the other foot so I don't get any on my hands.

Other Oils for Emotional Balance

Headache

The Principal constituents of Frankincense Essential Oil are monoterpene hydrocarbons which act as a powerful anti-inflammatory. Monoterpene has been known to reduce the swelling of blood vessels and to reduce pain.

The Egyptians used Frankincense Oil as a natural remedy for headache by applying it directly on the temples, forehead and back of the neck.

Some people report that placing a drop on the thumb and pressing it against the roof of their mouth stops a migraine instantly. (Make sure the oil you use is clinical grade if you plan to take it internally)

Medications for headache have been known to trigger a cycle of headaches called "Rebound Headaches". To break the cycle try a blend of PeppermintLavender, and Frankincense essential oils.

Other Oils for Headache/Migraine

Main Page - Remedy for headache

Main Page - Migraine Remedy

Hemorrhoids

Frankincense Essential Oil has powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which work well for healing hemorrhoids.

It has the ability to strengthen and improve elasticity so works well anywhere your skin becomes saggy or wrinkly. 

Frankincense Essential Oil has incredible ability to lower inflammation and accelerate the healing process. It can also be used to kill bacteria and ease the pain of hemorrhoids.

Frankincense can be mixed 50:50 with a carrier oil and consumed in a gelatin cap or applied directly onto the painful area to relieve itchiness and inflammation.

Mix a few drops in a 50:50 solution with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or aloe and coconut and apply externally (without massaging) a couple times a day. 

Other Oils for Hemorrhoids

Main Page - Healing Hemorrhoids

Inflammation

Frankincense essential oil can be consumed in a veggie cap to relieve inflammation from arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma.

Other Oils for Inflammation

Main page Chronic Inflammation

Insomnia

Frankincense Essential Oil can help you to overcome insomnia.

Inhale the oil from a tissue or cotton ball placed on your pillow at night.

Rub it on the soles of your feet and diffuse it in the air at bedtime.

Other Oils for Insomnia

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Laryngitis

Frankincense Essential Oil can be used to clear mucous from your vocal chords, bronchioes and lungs.

Put a few drops of Frankincense in a steaming pot of water and place a towel over your head so you can breathe in the fumes. 

Add a drop to some fractionated coconut oil and massage it onto your upper chest.

Try diffusing a few drops into your bedroom at night to clear your air passages while you sleep.

Other Oils for Laryngitis

Mouth

Rub some Frankincense oil diluted 1 drop to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil onto a baby's teeth and gums to help with teething. This also works with Copaiba or German Chamomile.

Other Oils for Mouth

Pain Management

Massage your lower abdomen with a Frankincense and carrier oil at 50:50 to help ease painful menstruation and to strengthen your uterus.

Control inflammation in your skin, joints and muscles by massaging Frankincense and a carrier oil at 50:50 blend.

Respiratory System

Place 5 drops of Frankincense in boiling water and breathe it in to clear your lungs, bronchioes, vocal chords and sinuses. It can also be massaged onto your chest in a 50:50 blend.

Other Oils For Your Respiratory System

Main Page - Respiratory Problems

Scarring

Frankincense Essential Oil has incredible ability to lower inflammation and accelerate the healing process. Research has shown it to be effective in reducing or eliminating scarring. 

See "Skin Treatment" below for more application instructions.

Other Oils for Scarring

Seizure

Frankincense Essential Oil is effective in the treatment of all kinds of brain disorders because it assists in oxygenating the blood going to your head.

Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes which are able to stimulate your brain's limbic system promoting memory and releasing emotions. This ability also makes Frankincense effective in the treatment of Alzheimer's and Dementia.

It is also a calming oil which relaxes the part of your brain where seizures are most likely to start.

For a nightly treatment apply 1 drop of oil each, directly on the bottom of your big toes, under your tongue, at the base of your neck and on your temples at bed time.

Whenever you feel a seizure coming on, use an Essential Oil Inhaler filled with Frankincense and inhale deeply.

Oils NOT recommended for use in Epilepsy:

  • Camphor
  • Eucalyptus
  • Fennel
  • Hyssop
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Spike Lavender *

Other Lavenders are okay

Other Oils for Seizure

Skin Treatment

Frankincense Essential Oil can be used anywhere your skin becomes saggy or wrinkly. It strengthens and improves elasticity.  Mix 6 drops with a tablespoon of jojoba oil and massage the area once or twice a day.

It also helps with age spots and sun damaged skin.

Topical Boswellic Acids for Treatment of Photoaged Skin.

The present findings seem to indicate that topical application of BAs may represent a suitable treatment option for selected features of skin photoaging.

PubMed.gov

A few drops of Frankincense Essential Oil can be used on insect bites to relieve the itching and hasten your recovery.

Skin rejuvenation/hydration is easy using a hot wash cloth with a few drops of oil. Your face will love it.

Diminish skin blemishes or wrinkles by adding a drop to your favorite skin care lotion or cream.

Cuts and scrapes can be cleansed and healed using Frankincense undiluted.

See also "Anti Aging" at the top of this page.

Other Oils for Your Skin

Main Page - Skin Treatment

Stress Management

Diffuse Frankincense Essential Oil into the air to combat depression, anxiety and stress.

Whenever you feel nervous or tense try rubbing a few drops on the bottoms of your feet. I have found it easiest to drop Frankincense oil on one foot and then use it to rub the other foot so I don't get any on my hands.

Other Oils for Stress

Main Page - Stress Management

Sore Throat

Frankincense Essential Oil is very effective at clearing mucous and phlegm from your sinus and throat.

Place 5 drops of Frankincense in boiling water and breathe it in to clear your lungs, bronchioes, vocal chords and sinuses.

Other Oils for Sore Throat

Main Page - Sore Throat Remedy

Women's Issues

A 2004 Thailand study reported Frankincense Essential Oil as one of the oils used to reduce both pain and anxiety in women during childbirth.

Massage your lower abdomen in a clockwise direction with a Frankincense and carrier oil at 50:50 to help ease painful menstruation and to strengthen your uterus.

Combine with Other Oils

Frankincense oil blends well with:

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