15 Amazing Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil

The health benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine and vulnerary substance.

Frankincense Oil is extracted from the gum or resin from Frankincense or Olibanum trees, whose scientific name is Boswellia Carteri. The main components of this essential oil are Alpha Pinene, Actanol, Bornyl Acetate, Linalool, Octyl Acetate, Incensole and Incensyl Acetate. Frankincense has been a popular ingredient in cosmetics and incense burners for centuries. It has even been found in the remains of ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon civilizations. Furthermore, It is closely associated with religious traditions and rites, particularly in the Christian tradition.

Health Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil

Apart from being used as a cosmetic and as a fragrance, frankincense oil has numerous medicinal uses, which are summarized below.

Immune System: Frankincense Oil is effective as an antiseptic, and even the fumes or smoke obtained from burning it have antiseptic and disinfectant qualities that eliminate the germs in the space where the smoke filters out. It can be applied on wounds without any known side effects to protect them from tetanus and becoming septic. It is equally good on internal wounds and protects them from developing infections.

Oral Health: Those same antiseptic qualities also make frankincense oil a useful preventative measure against oral issues, like bad breath, toothaches, cavities, mouth sores, and other infections. Look for natural oral care products that include frankincense oil if you enjoy the flavor or aroma, and want to include a strong antiseptic in your health regimen. You can even create your own all-natural toothpaste with frankincense oil and baking soda, or a mouthwash with water and peppermint oil.

Astringent: The astringent property of Frankincense Oil has many benefits, because it strengthens gums, hair roots, tones and lifts skin, contracts muscles, intestines and blood vessels, and thereby gives protection from premature losses of teeth and hair. This astringent quality also reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and combats the loss of firmness of intestines, abdominal muscles, and limbs associated with age. Above all, frankincense acts as a coagulant, helping to stop bleeding from wounds and cuts. This astringent property also helps to relieve diarrhea of various types.

Emenagogue: Frankincense essential oil reduces obstructed and delayed menstruation and delays the advent of menopause. It also helps curing other symptoms associated with menses and Post Menstrual Syndrome, such as pain in the abdominal region, nausea, headache, fatigue, and mood swings.

Frankincense essential oilCarminative: Frankincense oil eliminates gas and prevents it from building up in the body. This removal of excess gas from the intestines also gives relief from associated problems like stomach aches, pain in the abdominal region and chest, abnormal amounts of sweating, uneasiness, indigestion and many other related conditions.

Cicatrisant: This is an interesting property of Frankincense Oil, and since skin health and anti-aging are such hot topics these days, this essential oil has become even more important! When applied topically or inhaled, it can makes the scars and after marks of boils, acne and pox on the skin fade at a much faster rate. This also includes the fading of stretch marks, surgery marks, and fat cracks associated with pregnancy and delivery of children.

Digestive: Suffering from indigestion due to that turkey last night? A patient of chronic indigestion and acidity? Fed up with those antacids? Then you should try Frankincense Oil instead. This oil has digestive properties without any side effects, and it facilitates digestion the way most medicines should, unlike common antacids which only suppress the symptoms. This oil speeds up the secretion of digestive juices (gastric juices, bile and acids) in the stomach and facilitates movement of food through the intestines by stimulating peristaltic motion. This means an all-around improvement in the digestion of food.

Anti-Aging: As a Cytophylactic, Frankincense Oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. When you combine this aspect of frankincense oil with its powerful astringent capabilities, you have a potent anti-aging quality that frankincense oil is often used for. It can help you to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones!

Tonic: Overall, frankincense essential oil tones and boosts health and is therefore considered a tonic. It benefits all the systems operating in the body, including the respiratory, digestive, nervous, and excretory systems, while also increasing strength by aiding the absorption of nutrients into the body. Furthermore, frankincense oil strengthens the immune system and keeps you strong and protected for the future.

Diuretic: If you thought that Lasix and its variants were the only drugs that could help you release water from the body through urination, you were incorrect. Those pharmaceutical options may be instantaneous, but not very safe. Frankincense essential oil is a natural and safe alternative. It promotes urination and helps you lose that extra water weight, as well as fats, sodium, uric acid and various other toxins from the body, with the added advantage of lowering blood pressure. The best part about this is that frankincense essential oil is completely safe and has no adverse side effects.

Respiratory Issues: It soothes coughs and eliminates phlegm deposited in the respiratory tracts and the lungs. Frankincense essential oil also provides relief from bronchitis and congestion of nasal tract, larynx, pharynx, bronchi, and lungs. Its antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties also help relax the breathing passages, which can reduce the dangers of asthma attacks, and its antiseptic qualities are what give it the reputation of being an immune system booster! It also eases body pain, headaches, toothaches and balances the rise in body temperature commonly associated with colds.

frankincenseStress and Anxiety: Frankincense Oil is very effective as a sedative, because it induces a feeling of mental peace, relaxation, satisfaction and spirituality. It also awakens insight, makes you more introspective and lowers anxiety, anger and stress. When feeling anxious or if you anticipate some sort of stressful episode, add some frankincense oil to a diffuser or a vaporizer. Frankincense essential oil promotes deep breathing and relaxation, which can open your breathing passages and reduce blood pressure, moving your mental state back to calmness.

Uterine: This oil is very good for uterine health. Since it regulates the production of the estrogen hormone, it reduces the chances of post-menopause tumor or cyst formation in the uterus, also known as uterine cancer. In terms of the pre-menopause period, it keeps a woman’s uterus healthy by regulating proper menstrual cycles. It also treats or regulates gynecologic conditions or stressors that can lead to complicated dysfunctions in certain women.

Vulnerary: Simply apply a diluted solution of this oil on wounds, or use it blended with a skin cream, and your wounds will heal faster and be protected from infections. This oil is equally beneficial in healing internal wounds, cuts and ulcers.

Other Benefits: It relieves pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis. It helps heal boils, infected wounds, acne, circulatory problems, insomnia and various types of inflammation.

A Few Words of Caution:  There are no known adverse side effects. That being said, frankincense essential oil should not be used during pregnancy, since it does act as an emenagogue and astringent.

Blending: Frankincense Oil blends well with Lime, Lemon, Orange and other Citrus oils as well as Benzoin, Bergamot, Lavender, Myrrh, Pine and Sandalwood oil. This makes it a popular element of many herbalists for various aromatherapy combinations.

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I am using Frankincense oil.... it heal and helped for few health issues. You can feel the energy right away....but be carefull...there are so many differences between the brands...I personally after few brands tasting ant trying ...keep taking doTerra....the quality is much better and dont have this sinthetic after taste..... if someone wants more info can email me at [email protected]... will be happy to help


the best frankincense oil is puresacra essential oil it's made with Boswellia Sacra i got it from a company based in London the email address is [email protected] they deliver worldwide and also sell the very rare Royal Green Hojary Frankincense Resin

Dorothy Linda Boisseau

There is no certification for essential oils. Any company who says that they are certified is being deceptive by using this claim as their trademark.

What Young Living does have is their Seed to Seal promise. Young Living has their own farms all over the world and they use the highest standards every step of the way, from the seed used, to their farming practices, to their own chemist and also independent testing. If the oil doesn't pass the highest standards they won't seal it, bottom line. Young Living is Committed to purity and quality. Young Living only uses the first distillation while others use a complete distillation which can and does change the smell and quality of the oils. We have more oils and blends than any other company in the world. We set the standard.

We also have the Vitality oils which are labeled to be taken internal so as to comply with the FDA guidelines.

For Quality and Character I choose Young Living.

For more information please feel free to contact me at:
[email protected]


Dorothy you are absolutely right. The seed to seal process is one of the most important and unique qualities of Young Living. This contributes to the purity. Email me also at [email protected] for info.


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Boswellia Sacra, sacred frankincense, is preferable to the carterii 🙂

Joseph Patrick Annett

OK... I'm confused now. I've read in a number of sites now that say Frankincense THINS the blood. This would be ideal for me as I have had 3 DVTs. Yet this page says it is a coagulant which wouldn't be so good for me. Can someone advise please?

Perdita Dalmation

Hi Joseph, my name is Karen & I have A Fibrilation. I also have high blood pressure & an aortic anuerism so I can't (Thank You God) be given things like Wayfarin or Coumadin. I did a thorough research and found 3 Essential Oils that will LOWER Blood Pressure & 1 as an ANTI Coagulant! I use them daily. Sesame Seed Oil, Clary Sage & Chamomile Essential Oils. Only 1 of those is a Blood Thinner/Anti Coagulant...Sesame Oil. The other 2 German Chamomile & Clary Sage will LOWER the blood pressure. I always go to OrganicFacts.Net to find out ALL properties and uses of the herbs & oils I use. It tells you EACH & ALL of the properties of everything! Hope this helps 🙂 Karen P.


I am tapering off an antidepressant and place two drops under my tongue each morning before brushing my teeth. It does give me more energy and less anxiety.

Robin Freddie Hunuki

BARE Oils is AWESOME! If you want to put your husband or boyfriend (or in my case, my girlfriend) to sleep because they're doing your head in.. give them some of the 'sweet dream' to get them to go night night.. just ask my parter!

Robin Freddie Hunuki

Btw, BARE Oils are USDA certified organic.. which means that they're the real deal! None of this 'beyond organic' rubbish like what some of the below mentioned Co. state!


What brand (Company) did you order from. I am having trouble finding oil that I can use Internally


Goodness, is this Penny Hull from the Raleigh, NC area?


I use young living essential products everyday and ingest them daily. I have seen many people have amazing results using young living. They are pure essential oils and are certified seed to seal in their processing. Please let me know if I can help you in any way.

Lori Fetterling

Use a company that sells CPTG, i.e. doTerra. I use Frankincese oil daily (one drop under my tongue) and many other oils in the water I drink throughout the day or apply to my feet at night. doTerra may not be the least expensive, but I believe it's the best.

Mary-Grace Poppy

If putting under the tongue, does it require a carrier oil?


Not necessarily but start with one drop and see how that goes first. If you want to use carrier oil try with coconut oil first and see how that goes. Email me with any questions. I am a young living rep. [email protected]


I use only Doterra Oils. [email protected] is my email and I would be happy to talk about all the ways I use my oils.


is it ok if I email you?? I would like to speak with someone who has actually used frankincense oil


I have also used young living frankincense. Please let me know if I can help


That person is me it works and young living essential oils you can get a small bottle for 30.00 bucks. My distributer number is 2828918

Loretta Jefferson and Ladeana Robinson


Hi Penny, I had the opportunity to try both Young Living and doTerra brand Essential Oils. After smelling and using both EO's I went with doTerra for two reasons - 1) Young Living's oils have a medicinal smell which made me question the 'purity' whereas doTerra has a very clean, potent smell (I compared both the Frankincense and Eucalyptus oils). And 2) I saw the results quicker with doTerra which led me to believe there WAS a difference in purity and therapeutic grade. I have YL friends and know about the ongoing debate between the companies - I'm not bashing either, simply giving my opinion on MY experience. The CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) standard of excellence is only used by doTerra, so I didn't think twice about making my own capsule blends to use.


Doterra ceo was with young living they started out together but could not get alone so they went there separate ways. I have nothing bad to say about nither one of them they both good the only different is young living have over 100 oils in many different brands that all. God bless


The "CPTG (Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade) standard of excellence is only used by doTerra," because it is a trademarked marketing tool by doTerra, nothing more. Therefore, no one else could legally use it. It wasn't given to them by the FDA. There are no essential oils approved/regulated by the FDA.
Currently, the FDA is cracking down on doTerra for claims that it can "cure" disease, etc. They drew a lot of attention when it was mentioned that doTerra could cure Ebola! FDA is concerned that claims may lead people to make choices that will lead to severe consequences, even death.
Another reason I personally dislike the doTerra brand of essential oils, is due to the fact that the founders initially worked for Young Living. They learned the process of growing and developing oils/blends, as well as how to grow a business. They left Young Living taking all the knowledge and opened doTerra.
doTerra is a company built upon poor business ethics and ongoing business model/brand of lies... With a seal right on the box meant to deceive (CPTG).


Young Living Essential Oils are the best quality you can find and have many safe oils to ingest. I am a member and can order for you, or give you the information to sign up for your own account so that you can purchase them at wholesale prices yourself! You can find my Facebook page "Natural Life Mama" or email me at [email protected]


Alison you are correct about young living being the best quality out there. I would be happy to talk to anyone about young living products. My email is [email protected]

Lori Fetterling

Sorry, you are incorrect about YL being the best quality.

Perdita Dalmation

I am one of the doterra distributors or whatever we're titled. I only got into it because I prefer herbal & natural remedies. I also use Aura Cacia & Now Foods essential oils. Never tried YL. I have also been with Melaleuca in the past & their oils are great. I daily use oils on myself and my husband and we've noticed dramatic results! I also use the doterra LLV vitamins everyday & even tho it says 4 of each I only use 1 of each daily & it has helped my sciatica greatly. My email is [email protected] if you'd like to talk. 🙂 Karen P.


Are you aware that Melaleuca now offers Pure Essential Oils? They released them in May 2015. They are 100% pure oil, guaranteed not to contain any synthetics or impurities, tested to meet stringent quality specifications, traceable to their source, harvested using sustainable and ethical practices and the highest quality oils available at an incredible value. If you'd like to know more info about Melaleuca and their 500+ non toxic products, please contact me at [email protected]


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Hi ......is it safe to consume this oil... I mean normally essential oils are used only for external purpose so... I am quiet curious ......pls inform me .... After reading this pose I really wanna try it but am not sure ..........


Try young living essential oils

2828918 distributer number

Have any other questions contact me at [email protected]


I would NOT ingest any essential oil without consulting a professional. It is warned against time and again. There are people out there, aromatherapist, who are very knowledgable and can tell you exactly what is safe to ingest and exactly under what circumstances. There are many safety steps to be taken with some of these oils. I also work with YL and even after reading their instructions and tips would urge anyone to seek counsol from a professional....as i was once told by such a person..."it is safe and theres no harm in applying it topically or in difusing these oils (following instructions), why not do that and leave the risky business for people who have studied it."


It is safe IF you are using a reputable brand that indicates you can ingest it. I use Young Living ONLY and it is safe to ingest! If you want some I can order it for you, my email is [email protected]

I'm also on Facebook @ Natural Life Mama



I need to bath in frankincense oil. It is a cure all


Hello. I was wondering where I can find out how Frankincense might effect INR Levels? The reason is I am making a low dose coconut oil carrier salve for pain (with Frankincense and Peppermint oils) and the gentleman who wants to try it is taking blood thinners with a requirement to keep his INR levels between 2.5 - 3.0 (INR levels indicate the thinning and/or clotting of blood).

I'm researching to make sure this will not change his INR levels because if lowering blood pressure (as indicated in this article) is also related to the INR, I would need to make sure he is closely monitored during the introduction of the salve for pain management ... pain associated with arthritis.

Thank you,

Deb Bryan

Modern Alternative Healing

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello Deb,

Since the person who wants to try the oil is already under medication, it is better to consult his health specialist before trying the oil.

Team Organic Facts


Hello. I noticed that the article states that frankincense can help to control bad breath if you use a toothpaste that has this ingredient. Do you know what toothpaste has frankincense or how the oil can be taken for bad breath?


Try using it while oil pulling, which also helps bad breath!


Like others, now that we know what it does. How do we use it. Internally in a capsule, neat on the skin, mixed woth something? I'm at a loss.


Hi Emilie,

Before trying the oil, we suggest that you consult your health specialist.

Team Organic Facts


Can you use this on/in dogs ears?


NO!!! Do not put it in your dogs ears. I made the mistake and it was NOT a good outcome. If you put some organic coconut oil in the ears it is fine. It works great for itching and dryness and it won't burn.

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Please consult doctor before using oil on/in dog's ears.

Ann-Marie Csendes

How do you use Frankincense as a diuretic? how do you mix it? also can you apply it directly to the face? any benefits over mixing it with a moisturizer?


I put one or two drops of Frankincense oil in 8 oz.of water and drink it. Make sure you mix it in a glass not plastic cup and make sure it is pure grade oils. Do not use more than two drops a day. I use Young living essential oils for drinking but I use different brands of organic oils topically. I use Frankincense and/ or Myrrh on a cotton ball and rub it all over my face before bedtime. DO NOT GET IT IN YOUR EYES. I also mix a few drops in my moisturizers and put it on my face before bed or in the morning before I put on my make up. It works great.


Hi I want to know how can i consume the oil is there one for the skin and another one for consumeing


Young living essential oils are safe to consume and may also be used for the skin.... I personally add it to cold pressed unrefined coconut oil as a moisturizer....

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello Maribel Suriel, Please check in your local market, coconut oil for cooking and for skin application are separately available in the market


how do you use the frankinsense oil? by drops and rub in the skin? can you help me with tis? bought the oil, but not sure if you just rub it in thank you


Hi, wondering if you can shed some light on the use of frankinsense please. I have Dystonia, with bad tremors and anxiety etc... I am on medication:Artane. A friend suggested 4 drops of oil on each foot, morning and night?

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello Sharyn, I suggest you consult your health specialist before trying any remedy.


I was having an allergic reaction to a perfume that someone was wearing and did not have any Benadryl handy. In my bag I had a bottle of Frankincense/grapeseed oil blend. I inhaled some and applied it to the horrendous rash on my arms. It was effective in calming the progress and itch of the rash and my panicking mind.

I have been using it on my face as a moisturizer (which is why it was in my bag) and I have to say my skin feels great. Never leaving home without it now! A multi purpose and effective EO.


What is the ratio of grapeseed oil & frankenscense that you used. Thanks


I love this oil, it has protective properties and calms when I am anxious.


With so many products out there how do you know which is a hoax and which is the real thing


It is hard- do your research on the testing that the oils go through. That's how I chose mine. 🙂


Frankincense really has helped minimize my depression. Just inhaling it minimizes it for me. It has tremendous healing properties.


You can find this oil in a country called Oman which is famouse in frankensiens trees 🙂


I am very interested in using frankincense oil for perimenopause etc can you please tell me how one uses it - do you swallow it or rub it on your body. Do you have any other great ideas for helping with hormonal imbalance, mood swings, hot flushes - yes peri menopause 🙁 thank you so much


Beverley- there are so many ways to use it. Ingest (if it is a high quality), rub on skin, mix with a carrier oil, diffuse and inhale. It really depends on your needs. Have you ever used oils before?


A couple of drops under your tongue every night before bed has done wonders. I live by the uses of this oil.

Andrea Michele Shatney Jones

Can u use the couple of drops on any brand of frankincense, mine says not for internal use?


Hi Andrea. The short answer is NO. Please use caution and read labels. Most say external use only. I have come across a couple of brands that are safe for ingestion. DoTerra and Young Living both seem to make quality essential oils that can be used internally. A handy, but NOT foolproof, gauge is price.


You can apply to skin or take a drop orally.


Beverley, I am interested in using this oils as well but wanted to comment on the hormonal issues you have since I am now thru the worst of it at age 56. The biggest help I gave myself was to to stay off sugar of all kinds and simple carbs. Go gluten free. When ever I got into any of that stuff, I had a lot of hot flashes and very intense ones. When off of it, I had few flashed and they were quite bearable. The second best thing I did was stay away from caffein. My favorite tea is tulsi and matte. I am not the only one who noticed this effect. My friends also found out the same. Please try. You won't regret it and its free. By the way, by gluten free I mean to not even do GF substitutes such as using GF flours since it is still simple carbs ( this includes potatoes, rice, etc)


I can assist you with your questions on natural essential oils especially what to use and how to use for your specific issues. Natural essential oils have helped save my life twice now and am a true believer.


Hi have cancer do u think this oil would benefit me?


Yes it have been shown that a good and clean frankinsence oil have a ability to heal skincancer it is also good for other types of cancer. I have researching it and you have to research it for your type of cancer before useing it. I put the oil into cocosoil 4 drops for two big spoons cocosoil and take it on my feets every evening before bedtime. The feet have a good way of absorbing it without any problems with allergy etc. I also put it on my skin where the lympf nodes are around the ovarias.


Hello Cindy, Please consult your doctor before using any oil or home remedy.


Hello Gelly,

Can you please help me with what you did for your health situation? I know that many people use EO many times for cancer. I've been researching a lot about these oils in hopes of them helping my medical situation. Would please, be willing, to talk to me through email @ [email protected]? I would deeply appreciate it.




Hi Gelly. I am very interested in the overall use of Frankinscence including skin and beauty applications. I am told that it has almost unlimited benefits for so many things. How does it work for tiredness, vitality, alertness as well as for a beauty product (e.g. wrinkles, celllulite, etc)? Would like to buy some but, understand that, in some cases, it needs to be diluted. Can you help?


Angela- it depends on the quality of the oil you choose. Have you ever used oils before?


i purchased some really good quality frankincense from http://www.puresacra.ℂ­o­m i love burning this after work, it really relaxes and de-stresses me and forget the problems of the world, the FDA have been trying to keep the benefits of Boswellia Sacra secret for decades as its natural as it can heal many conditions such as depression which will ruin the corporate pharmaceutical industry

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