Frankincense Oil, Some Uses

Frankincense Oil, Some Uses

Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii) brings up exotic thoughts of India, sand, incense, perfume, and gifts to babies born in stables. It is a valuable essence used for centuries to treat a variety of illnesses as well as for cosmetics and fragrances. It’s scent has warm, sweet pungent notes that make you feel warm and healthy.

Frankincense resin on tree limb before harvesting

Frankincense resin on tree limb before harvesting

Aromatic influence: Increases spiritual awareness and meditation. Helps heal emotional wounds; stabilize, center, and focus energy. Slows breathing, producing calm, soothing, elevated mental state.  Brings peace, strengthens beliefs, eternal divine connection, cleans aura and psychic planes.

Combines well with:

Sandalwood, Pine, Vetiver, Geranium, Lavender, Bergamot, Basil, Clove Bud, Orange, Red Mandarin, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Cypress, Elemi, Galbanum, Juniper Berry, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose

Points of interest

  • Frankincense can be used in a diffuser, bath, massage, taken internally, and applied to the body.
  • G.R.A.S.
  • To take internally, put a few drops in gel capsules and swallow them. This is to boost the immune system. (If you are completely new to oils, wait to do that until you are little more used to it, though.)
  • One of the most important oils used  for skincare.
  • You can massage a few drops into your feet every night to help boost your immune system.
  • Grades of Frankincense

    Grades of Frankincense

    Non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing, is safe for all skin types.

  • Because of its remarkable rejuvenating and healing properties, this oil needs to be in every personal collection of oils.
  • The best Frankincense comes from Oman and is often called Sacred Frankincense. You can also get very fine Frankincense from Somalia and India.
  • You can combine it with a few spice oils to create a holiday fragrance to diffuse. Open the bottles and smell them together to see how you like the scent before you mix them.
  • It is often used in the treatment of cancer in dogs.
  • It is one of the finest oils for ritual use.
  • Add 4 drops Frankincense and 2 drops Tea Tree to a hot compress and use to heal infected skin. (10)
  • Mainly you should inhale the scent and see how it makes you feel. That’s a great way to get started. And have fun with it!


Here are a few recipes involving Frankincense. Use these as a starting point to give you ideas on how to come up with your own that are uniquely suited to you. To check for more recipes, you can click on Frankincense in the tagged section at the end of the article. That will show you all articles mentioning it.

*Please note: With any recipe’s involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Revitalizing Facial Moisturizer

  • 8 drops Lavender
  • 8 drops Fennel Seed
  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • 1 ounce F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil)
  • 1 ounce Jojoba

Apply 1 teaspoon to cleansed face. Allow time for it to be absorbed into skin. (2)


  • 4 drops SandalwoodFrankincense
  • 4 drops Cedarwood
  • 4 drops Frankincense

Diffuse in meditation room.(2)

Treatment for extremely dry hands

  • 4 drops Orange
  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 3 tablespoons F.C.O.

Use at night before going to bed. Apply mixture generously over hands. Massage thoroughly. Put on a pair of thin plastic gloves and wear overnight. In morning, massage hands thoroughly once again before washing. (1)

Communication Enhancement Massage Oil

  • 5 drops Frankincense
  • 5 drops Clary Sage
  • 5 drops Sandalwood
  • 1 tablespoon F.C.O.

Apply formula to upper chest, back of neck and shoulders. Helps encourage the flow of feelings that have been repressed. (9)

Romantic candlesSensual Massage

  • 5 drops Jasmine
  • 4 drops Frankincense
  • 5 drops Sandalwood
  • 2 ounces Apricot Oil

Mix all ingredients in a 2 ounce, dark colored glass bottle. Mix well before use. (11)

Mozart’s Massage oil

  • 3 drops Black Pepper
  • 5 drops Rosemary
  • 3 drops Frankincense
  • 2 ounces Almond oil

Store in a dark colored glass bottle. Play your favorite Mozart piece as you use this blend. Use to stimulate your subconscious and bring out your own genius. To make yourself feel ready to get out of your own rutsand make something great of your life. (12)

New life beginnning

Other suggestions

Here is what our friends have said about Frankincense on facebook:

  • SDM:  “It’s great for skin, especially wrinkles.”
  • ARM: ” I massage it into my neck and shoulders. It is a comforting scent for me when I can’t sleep.”
  • TSG: “I mix it in my moisturizing cream every morning.”
  • MMP: “I like rub it into my temples for eye problems.”
  • KH: “I use it with Lavender to remove moles. I also use it as a pain reliever for joints riddled with Lyme, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.”
  • DSP: “Frankincense!!! Smells good and I mix it with Dr. Mercola’s organic cream and put it under my eyes. It’s anti-inflammatory.”
  • CF: “I also mix Frankincense with Orange & Turmeric, twice a day…helps fight against cancer!”
  • SG: “I will put it and Sandalwood, Clove Bud and Cinnamon Bark on the bottoms of my feet to make my immune system stronger.”

And finally,

How do you like to use Frankincense? It’s an incredible oil. Please share with us in the comment section at the bottom of the page! Everyone would like to know.



  1. Natural Home Spa by Sian Rees
  2. Seasons of Aromatherapy by Judith Fitzsimmons and Paula M. Bousquet
  3. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy & Herbalism by Julia Lawless
  4. Medical Aromatherapy: Healing with Essential Oils by Kurt Schnaubelt
  5. The Art of Aromatherapy: The Healing and Beautifying Properties of the Essential Oils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert B. Tisserand
  6. The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood
  7. The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood
  8. The Aromatherapy Bible: The Definitive Guide to Using Essential Oils by Gill Farrer-Halls
  9. 500 Formulas for Aromatherapy by Carol Schiller and David Schiller
  10. The Essential Oils Handbook: All the Oils You Will Ever Need for Health, Vitality, and Well-Being by Jennie Harding
  11. The Aromatherapy Companion, by Victoria H. Edwards
  12. Natural Beauty for All Seasons, by Janice Cox



About JC Shannon

I am a writer. I was first introduced to this world of natural health in 2005 when I was asked to write an article about using essential oils. Since I like to know what I'm writing about before I do it, I immersed myself in the essential oil and aromatherapy world and found I prefer it. I never left it. In a quest to educate myself and others in more alternative and safer ways to make our world a better place, I am always looking for good information to share.


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