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, cicatrizant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine, and a vulnerary substance.

Frankincense oil is extracted from the gum or resin of Frankincense or Olibanum trees, whose scientific name is Boswellia Carteri. The main components of this essential oil are alpha-pinene, actanol, borneyl acetate, linalool, octyl acetate, incensole, and incensole 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.

Frankincense Essential Oil Health Benefits

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

Boosts Immune System

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

Improves 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 Property

The astringent property of Frankincense oil has many benefits, because it strengthens the gums, hair roots, tones and lifts skin, contracts muscles, intestines, and blood vessels, and thereby gives protection from premature loss 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.

Regulates Menstruation

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

Prevents Gas Buildup

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.

Reduces Scars

This is an interesting property of Frankincense oil, and since skin care and anti-aging are hot topics these days, this essential oil has become even more important! When applied topically or inhaled, it can make the scars and after marks of boils, acne, and the pox on 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.

Promotes Digestion

Suffering from indigestion due to that turkey last night? A patient of chronic indigestion and acidity? Fed up with those antacids? 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.

Delays 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 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!

Acts as 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.

Stimulates Urination

If you think that Lasix and its variants are the only drugs that can help you release water from the body through urination, you are incorrect. These 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.

Reduces Respiratory Issues

It soothes cough 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 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.frankincense

Relieves Stress

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.

Keeps Uterus Healthy

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.

Speeds up Healing

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

Other Benefits

Frankincense oil relieves pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis. It helps to heal boils, infected wounds, acne, circulatory problems, insomnia, and various types of inflammation.

Word 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 various aromatherapy combinations.

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Hi,very useful information It would have been a great help to know how to use along with each benefit. whether dilution is must to use. how to take internally.

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.

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

Penny Hull, use doTerra. This company supplies some of the purist oils that are safe to use internally. I should mention that I am a doTerra sales associate.

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

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 ..........

Many oils need be used externally only because the purity is not what it need be for internal use. Many oils are cut with other cheaper ingredients that should not be ingested. It's important to purchase only the purist oils for this purpose from a company that can be trusted to use the strictest methods for sourcing, extracting oils and ensuring their purity.

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!

Emilie Horner

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?

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

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

You can also mix it with a hand lotion. You might want to do this unless you have a particular problem area that you want to treat where it may help more to apply undiluted.

You can apply directly on the skin.

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.

Lynn Heinrichs

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 🙂

Beverley Penkin

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?

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.

Fatima-Zaaieda Peters

Help required with uses of essential oils. I have been using essential oils rosehip, jojoba, grapeseed, sweet almond oil for pigmentation and deep wrinkles around the forehead, eyes mouth and cheeks for some time but haven't noticed much difference with my facial issues. I suffer from sinusitis hayfever bronchial asthma osteoarthritis and poor lower limbs circulation which causes me to have terrible cramps . Hot flushes and fever caused by menopause. I am 54 yrs . Your advise regarding the correct amounts to mix and use will be really appreciated. thanks zaaieda

Dear Fatima Zaaieda,

We would like you to know that each person responds differently to these essential oils.
Therefore, we suggest that before you continue using this oil, please consult an expert for the best results.

Team Organic Facts

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

Helene Jensen

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.

Meenakshi Nagdeve

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

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 use 5 drops of Sandlewood Essential oils, 3 drops of Lavender oil & 1 drop of Orange or Neroli with Carrier oil and use for massage and take off the day to relax plus the whole day it has a fantastic aroma of pure Blended Essential oil to keep my calm and relaxed.

I use 5 drops of Sandlewood Essential oils, 3 drops of Lavender oil & 1 drop of Orange or Neroli with Carrier oil and use for massage and take off the day to relax plus the whole day it has a fantastic aroma of pure Blended Essential oil to keep my calm and relaxed.

Antonella Illman

Where in edenvale can I get this oil

check out the site. All natural oils and totally concentrated.

Debra Lynn Radford-Boehmer

I don't blend it with another oil.. I use it straight out of the bottle.

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