35 ways to use frankincense


In the essential oil world, frankincense is knows as the King of Oils.  There’s a good reason for this.  It is potent, powerful, and amazingly versatile.  Frankincense is considered a tonic as it has a positive impact on all of the body’s systems:  respiratory, nervous, digestive, urinary, muscular, immune, etc.

Most of us know frankincense as one of the three gifts given to the Christ child.  Along with myrrh and gold, frankincense would have had considerable value and was a lucrative trade item from 1000 B.C. – 400 A.D.   But what exactly is frankincense?    It’s actually dried sap from trees in the Boswellia genus family.  These trees are native to  Oman, Yemen, Somalia, and Ethiopia.  After collecting the sap, it is allowed to harden into a resin which is later steam distilled producing an essential oil.

Chemically, frankincense essential oil is a complex mixture of monoterpenes such as alpha-pinene, Limonene, alpha-Thujene, and beta-Pinene. What does this mean to the average person who doesn’t have a degree in chemistry? The diverse chemistry works together to provide many benefits and therapeutic properties.  Let’s take a look:

35 Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil

  1. Stress
  2. Anxious feelings
  3. Stretch marks
  4. Reduced inflammation
  5. Indigestion
  6. Aches & discomfort
  7. Improved skin appearance
  8. Neurological support
  9. Itching
  10. Relaxation
  11. Acne
  12. Balance mood swings
  13. Supports healthy menstruation
  14. Congestion
  15. Headaches
  16. Cuts & scrapes
  17. Soothes coughs
  18. Improved cellular function
  19. Slow down signs of aging skin
  20. Boost the immune system
  21. Reduce feelings of sadness
  22. Reduce the appearance of scarring
  23. Constipation
  24. PMS
  25. Improves circulation
  26. Nausea
  27. Lift sagging skin
  28. Improved breathing
  29. Joint relief
  30. Insect bites
  31. Healthy blood pressure
  32. Better sleep
  33. Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  34. Improve the mood
  35. AND….it boosts the performance of all other essential oils

Amazing, right?  Now let’s talk about how you actually use this stuff.  In general, we use essential oils in 3 ways: aromatic, topically, and internally.

  • Aromatically.  You can pop off the top and inhale.  Put a drop in your hand, rub your hands together, cover your nose and inhale.  It’s pretty simple.  To receive more lasting benefits, try diffusing frankincense in an essential oil diffuser.  Diffusers break up essential oils into tiny molecules which can be easily dispersed throughout the air.  Everyone in the room receives the benefits.
  • Topically.  Frankincense can be applied topically to the skin.  We generally add a drop to fractionated coconut oil and massage into the needed area.  Here is a dilution chart with suggested dilution ratios.  When applying to the face, I add a drop of frankincense to my moisturizer.  Frankincense is a mild oil and can be applied neat but, interestingly, essential oils are often MORE powerful when diluted.
  • Internally.  Occasionally, you may choose to use frankincense essential oil internally.  This can be particularly effective for GI issues.  Simply add a drop of frankincense to 8 oz of water and drink.  My daughter often has horrible head tension.  A drop of frankincense pressed to the roof of the mouth really helps!

There you have it.  Everything you wanted to know about frankincense but were afraid to ask.  To find out how to get a bottle of frankincense FREE, click here.  You need this stuff!


Sources:  Dr. MercolaModern EssentialsLive Science