Health 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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What do you think?

  • Tess D’anBee

    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?

  • Mart

    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.

  • Binisha

    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 ……….

  • H T

    Must try.

  • judy

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

  • LaVern

    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?

    • Lynn Meinke

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

  • Abby

    Can you use this on/in dogs ears?

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

    • M. Hammered

      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.

  • 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?

    • M. Hammered

      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.

  • maribel suriel

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

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

    • Shelina

      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….

  • gail

    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

  • Sharyn Klease

    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?

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

  • Audra

    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

  • Mary Martin

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

  • Martha

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

    • Angel

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

  • Rudy

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

  • Sara S.

    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

    • Gelly

      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.

    • Tammy L.

      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)

    • Debra

      You can apply to skin or take a drop orally.

    • nettie

      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?

      • Donna

        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.

    • Angel

      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?

  • jolaibib

    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

  • jolaibib

    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

  • KEN

    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.

  • KEN

    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.

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