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
- Anxious feelings
- Stretch marks
- Reduced inflammation
- Aches & pains
- Improved skin appearance
- Neurological support
- Balance mood swings
- Supports healthy menstruation
- Cuts & scrapes
- Soothes coughs
- Improved cellular function
- Slow down signs of aging skin
- Boost the immune system
- Reduce feelings of sadness
- Reduce the appearance of scarring
- Improves circulation
- Lift sagging skin
- Improved breathing
- Joint pain
- Insect bites
- Healthy blood pressure
- Better sleep
- Reduce the appearance of wrinkles
- Improve the mood
- 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!