Frankincense essential oil is known as the King of Oils for its amazing health benefits. It has been used for thousands of years and was once more valued than gold. Let's learn how to use Frankincense essential oil, its benefits, safety tips, and diffuser and roller blend recipes. It's not by accident that Frankincense is included in the TOP 10 Essential Oils because of its many uses and benefits.
Top uses for Frankincense essential oil
- Skin health and imperfections
- Calm and soothe anxious feelings
- Reduce stress and improve mood
- Reduce head and neck tension
- Supports a healthy inflammatory response when taken internally*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here
Who can use Frankincense?
Pure Frankincense essential oil is safe for children, babies, elderly and even our furry friends like cats and dogs.
Topically, it is safe to be used direct to the skin also known as "neat" application.
For sensitive skin, children and elderly it is always recommended to dilute with a carrier oil which is a vegetable based oil applied to the skin along with the essential oil.
My favorite carrier oil is Fractionated coconut oil because it is stainless, odorless and absorbs nicely into the skin. Fractionated coconut oil is the same coconut oil you probably have in your kitchen but some of the fats have been removed so that it stays in a liquid state. This works great for roller blends and skin applications.
How is Frankincense essential oil sourced?
Frankincense essential oil comes from the resin, or sap, of Boswellia trees grown in Northeast Africa. There are dozens of species of Boswellia trees but only four produce Frankincense essential oil. Harvesters make shallow cuts into the bark to allow the resin to seep out.
Within about two weeks the the resin will crystallize into “tears” which are then scraped and collected. The resin tears are carefully cleaned and sorted by size and color for quality grading— a job traditionally done by women. From there, the resin is steam distilled and essential oils are extracted.
What are essential Oils?
Essential oils are aromatic compounds found in plants, seeds, bark, flowers and trees. Pure essential oils are 50-70 times more potent than herbs and when used properly are 100% natural and safe. Have you ever crushed a peppermint leaf between your fingers? What you were doing was rupturing the essential oil sacs to smell the essential oil aroma. The aromatic compounds inside those tiny little sacs help the plant protect itself and thrive. We get the same benefit when we use essential oils.
How to use essential oils
AROMATIC USE is simply inhaling from the bottle or palms of your hands; making a spray or using a room diffuser. Essential oils can positively effect our mood and emotions in less than 30 seconds.
TOPICAL USE is simply placing the oil on your skin where it is absorbed. Essential oils are 50-70 times more concentrated then herbs. We can dilute essential oils with a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) to slow that absorption and avoid sensitivity. To effect the whole body apply them topically to the bottom of the feet, spine or navel.
INTERNAL USE is safe with Certified Pure Tested Grade (CPTG) essential oils. Because they are 100% pure with no additives or synthetics added they are safe for internal use when labeled as such. To take essential oils internally you can add a drop of essential oil to water or in a vegetable capsule. Look for the Nutritional Facts label on the side of the bottle to ensure it is safe for internal use.
How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil Aromatically
- Inhale directly from cupped hands
- Diffuse with Lavender and Bergamot to create a relaxing environment
- Add a few drops to diffuser jewelry
- Breathe in deeply before prayer or meditation Frankincense Diffuser Blend Recipes
Add the essential oil drops to a room diffuser along with tap water to the fill line. Inhale and relax!
2 drops Frankincense
2 drops Lavender oil
1 drop Lemon oil
2 drops Frankincense oil
2 drops Peppermint oil
2 drops Frankincense
3 drops On Guard protective blend
How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil
Topically Add a few drops to your moisturizer to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections
- Apply to pulse points to help balance mood
- Apply to the abdomen to soothe stomach discomfort
- Apply to temples, back of neck and shoulders for head tension
Frankincense Roller Blend Recipes
In a roller bottle add the essential oil drops and fill the rest with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. Roll on area of concern.Head Tension
10 drops Frankincense oil
10 drops Lavender oil
10 drops Peppermint oil
How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil Internally
- Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function
- Take thumb with one drop and hold to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds to ease head tension
What makes doTERRA Frankincense different?
Here is the thing, purity impacts potency. Potency relates to how effective an oil is. Where the plant grows, how its harvested and how it is distilled impacts its chemistry and consistency. When you use an oil, you want it to work the same way every single time. The better the quality the better the oils work with and for your body.
doTERRA’s Frankincense essential oil is a proprietary blend of four species of Frankincense resin sourced where it grows best from northeast Africa and the Arabian peninsula: Oman, Ethiopia and Somalia. The purity and quality of an essential oil is its most important characteristic.
Have you seen a $10 Frankincense in the grocery store and wonder why it’s so cheap? Well, you can bet that bottle is synthetic grade and does not have the therapeutic benefits of a pure essential oil.
The same thing goes for oils on retail sites such as Amazon. Anyone can buy a replacement essential oil bottle top for .50 cents that will seal as if it was a brand new bottle of essential oil. Buyer Beware!
The percentage of adulterated essential oils on the market today is staggering.
For these reasons I use and recommend doTERRA essential oils