Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Benefits and Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil


Most of us are familiar with Frankincense because we remember the Christmas story where the baby Jesus was gifted with gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Until I was introduced to essential oils, I had never smelled this amazing oil, nor did I know of the many, many benefits.

The first time I diffused Frankincense it reminded me of our church and I immediately felt at peace and closer to God. This wonderfully aromatic oil has been used in religious ceremonies and for medicinal purposes for centuries. It was once considered so precious that treasuries were built to house and protect this valuable commodity. The Roman Empire once coveted the Frankincense trade so much that Augustus Caesar ordered 10,000 Roman troops to invade the region in order to control Frankincense production. However, the troops never made it through the desert and had to turn back.

That’s how valuable this oil was and is!

One of the most famous reference of all in the Bible is the one I mentioned in the beginning of this post. The story of a long journey under a bright star and gift of Frankincense brought by the Three Kings to the baby Jesus. This stands as the greatest testament to the value and sacredness of Frankincense.

Frankincense was of great value then and even now as the challenges of sourcing Frankincense from it’s indigenous home continue to make it one of the most valuable essential oils.

There are many ways to use this incredible essential oil. I personally have used it for headaches, to soothe my husband’s respiratory system when his allergies have kicked up and also to help him ward off an asthma attack. Recently, I started using it as a moisturizer mixed with coconut oil. I am not kidding. I will never buy moisturizer again! I have used many, many brands of skin products and nothing has come close to the results Frankincense with the coconut oil has given me.


Here is what one website has to say about Frankincense:

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. Frankincense is considered the holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. More recently, it has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks. Frankincense has an approximate ORAC of 6,125 (TE/L). TE/L is expressed as micromole Trolox equivalent per liter.

Frankincense has natural anti-inflammatory properties. You can read about their anti-inflammatory properties and research on this government website.

Preparations from the gum resin of Boswellia serrata have been used as a traditional remedy in Ayurvedic medicine in India for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Compounds from the gum with genuine antiinflammatory effects are pentacyclic triterpenes of the boswellic acid type. Boswellic acids inhibit the leukotriene biosynthesis in neutrophilic granulocytes by a non-redox, noncompetitive inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase. The effect is triggered by boswellic acids binding to the enzyme. Moreover certain boswellic acids have been described to inhibit elastase in leukocytes, to inhibit proliferation, induce apoptosis and to inhibit topoisomerases of leukoma- and glioma cell lines. A series of chronic inflammatory diseases are thought to be perpetuated by leukotrienes. In clinical trials promising results were observed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, bronchial asthma und peritumoral brains edemas.

Impressive, right?

Here are a few other ways to use this valuable oil:

1. Battling Cancer: Government studies show Frankincense can devour and kill cancer cells.

Frankincense oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability. Microarray and bioinformatics analysis proposed multiple pathways that can be activated by frankincense oil to induce bladder cancer cell death. Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment.

2. Combining Frankincense with Lavender may reduce muscle, joint and bone discomfort. This is mainly do to the anti-inflammatory properties of Frankincense I mentioned above.

3. It may relieve inflammation in the respiratory system. Again, because of the anti-inflammatory properties mentioned in the scientific research above, Frankincense is great for relieving inflammation of your respiratory system. This is probably why it helped my husband when he had his asthma attack. I like diffusing Frankincense or inhaling vapors from a bowl of hot water.

4. Frankincense may reduce inflammation of the gums: I use it to help keep my gums healthy by oil pulling with Frankincense. Not only am I getting all of the great benefits of the virgin, organic coconut oil, but by adding a drop of Frankincense and swishing around for 20 minutes before spitting it out, I get the benefits of the anti-inflammatory properties in my mouth as well.

5. I get rid of stubborn headaches by placing 1 drop of Frankincense on pad of thumb, pressing the essential oil on the roof of my mouth and holding for several seconds. Again, I attribute the relief Frankincense gives me when I have a headache to those anti-inflammatory properties listed earlier in the post.

6. For anyone in my family who suffers from what my grandmother used to call, “the jim-jams” in her legs, I apply 2 drops Frankincense with carrier oil to the bottom of each foot and massage each night.

7. Anti-aging: As mentioned above, I have found Frankincense beneficial for various skin conditions including the lessening of wrinkles and reduction of age spots on my skin.

8. I also use it as an Immunity Enhancer: Whether it be from bacteria, virus or external toxins that we come in contact with on a daily basis, I have found my family needs the immunity enhancing quality of Frankincense. (See above.)

9. Frankincense may support the production of white blood cells, which can especially beneficial for cell regeneration.

10. I also use Frankincense to relieve stress.

* Please note that the information contained on this website is my personal opinion, and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice and treatment. If you have medical concerns, please consult with a physician or other qualified health professional. The information about the health topics is for informational purposes only.

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am a mom who looks for natural ways to support her family’s health through nutrition, exercise and alternative, holistic methods. Any statements made on my blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of anyone else.

Statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.

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