Frankincense essential oil is known as the ‘King of Oils’, both due to its versatility, and its power. A common phrase in the essential oils community is: “When in doubt, use Frankincense”. That’s because it has a multitude of uses, and will almost certainly be beneficial for whatever your ailment. I’m excited to share the many benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil with you!
8 Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil is an enhancer, meaning it enhances the benefits of other essential oils when used together. When applying other essential oils topically, layer Frankincense on top.
2. Skin Support
Frankincense is great for skin. It reduces blemishes, wrinkles, and fine lines.
You can apply it neat (without dilution), or mix it with a carrier oil or an unscented lotion if you have sensitive skin.
3. Skin Irritations
Apply Frankincense essential oil to skin irritations, such as cuts, scrapes, burns, rashes, etc.
I recommend diluting it with a carrier oil before applying it, so it has more of a gentle healing effect.
My favourite carrier oil to use is Fractionated Coconut Oil.
4. Hair & Fingernails
Put a drop of frankincense essential oil in your palm before adding shampoo, then massage it into your scalp to help have a healthy scalp and to promote hair growth.
Rub a drop of frankincense on your cuticles and fingernails to help strengthen them.
5. Stress & Anxious Feelings
Frankincense helps reduce stress and anxious feelings, and also helps improve focus and concentration.
A great way to do this is by applying frankincense to your pulse points, or to put a few drops in a cold mist diffuser.
6. Respiratory Support
Apply Frankincense essential oil to your chest to help support respiratory function.
You could mix it with other oils, such as Breathe, Siberian Fir, or Peppermint essential oil, to help open up those airways even more.
7. Digestive Support
Frankincense essential oil can help soothe your digestive system. Either rub a drop on your abdomen, or put a drop on your tongue for internal support.
8. Body Tension
Frankincense essential oil is wonderful for helping to soothe body tension.
Rub a drop on your jaw and temples when you feel head tension coming on.
Massage frankincense into sore, aching muscles.
Add a few drops of frankincense essential oil to a cup of epsom salts, and soak in a bath, for all over tension relief.
3 Ways to Use Frankincense Essential Oil
There are 3 basic ways to use essential oils:
Use Frankincense Oil Aromatically
One of the simplest ways to experience the benefits of essential oils, is with an essential oils diffuser. You can create and customize your own diffuser blends, and each oil you use in that blend will offer you some benefit. Since Frankincense is an enhancer, it will help enhance the benefits of the other oils you use in that blend.
In a standard sized diffuser, I would use a total of 3-5 drops of essential oils, then fill to the fill line with water. The higher the quality of essential oils, the less you have to use. If your bottle tells you that you need 15-20 drops of essential oil, there is a good chance it is not a pure essential oil.
Use Frankincense Oil Topically
When applying Frankincense topically, you can either apply it neat (without dilution), or by mixing it with a carrier oil.
A carrier oil is simply a neutral oil that helps ‘carry’ your essential oil. The benefits of using a carrier oil are that it helps distribute your essential oil more evenly over an area of your body, which helps your essential oils go further. It also helps reduce the risk of skin irritations, since essential oils can be very potent.
My favourite carrier oil to use is unscented, fractionated coconut oil (which is in a liquid form). But you can also use any carrier oil of your choosing, such as almond oil, jojoba oil, or even olive oil.
Use Frankincense Oil Internally
High quality essential oils like doTERRA, are safe to use internally. You can put a drop under your tongue daily, for full-body health support. I like to put a drop on the roof of my mouth when I feel head tension coming on.
Where to Buy Essential Oils
When using essential oils for therapeutic use, it’s important to choose a high quality brand.
A very high percentage of essential oils on the market are adulterated (contaminated with artificial fragrance oils, diluted with carrier oils, or grown with the use of herbicides and pesticides). You definitely DON’T want those in your natural health products.
(Note: since essential oils are not a regulated industry, they don’t have to disclose any of these contaminants! They can even write ‘100% Pure’ on the label, even if that’s not the case).
The brand of essential oils I use and trust, is dōTERRA. I’ve been using doTERRA essential oils for over 6 years, and I will never use any other brand.
In fact, I love them so much, that I decided to become a dōTERRA Wellness Advocate, which means I help guide others on the process of getting started with essential oils.
When you order your essential oil starter pack through me, you get a free, personalized wellness consult emailed to you, and you can also join our exclusive Facebook community for continuing support and education as you learn.
Due to Frankincense’s versatility, you will find that it’s included in several of our starter kits.
You can browse our starter kits here:
Or if you simply want to order one oil to try, you can do so here: