The Benefits and Uses for Frankincense Oil

For many centuries, frankincense oil has been one of the most sought after essential oils in the world. Known for its medicinal benefits, and as a popular ingredient in cosmetics and incense burners, frankincense has been found in the remains of Ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon civilizations. It is also closely associated with Christian tradition as frankincense was one of the gifts offered to Jesus at his birth from the three wise men [Matthew 2:10].

Frankincense oil possesses antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine, and vulnerary properties.

An Olibanum Tree.

The oil is extracted from the gum or resin of frankincense or olibanum trees, whose scientific name is Boswellia Carteri. A majority of it comes from Somalia as well as Ethiopia, Southern Arabia, and central African countries.

Cleans & Protects Wounds


Frankincense oil is an effective antiseptic and disinfectant, earning a reputation as an awesome immunity booster. It could even eliminate airborne germs when burned in incense. You can apply the oil on wounds to protect them from tetanus and becoming septic. It could also be used on internal wounds in order to protect them from infections. The astringent quality in the oil acts as coagulant, which helps wounds and cuts to stop bleeding.

Apply a drop of frankincense to minor cuts and scrapes to clean, disinfect and promote faster healing. You can also apply frankincense to relieve itchy, irritated skin.

Takes Care Of Teeth


This oil is a beneficial preventative measure against oral problems such as toothache, bad breath, sores, cavities, and other infections. It strengthens gums and protects from premature tooth loss. Plus, it’s great flavor and aroma, and strong antiseptic quality makes frankincense an excellent addition to your natural health regime.

You can create your own all-natural toothpaste with frankincense oil and baking soda, or a mouthwash with water and peppermint oil.

Regulates Menstrual Cycle


Frankincense reduces obstructed and irregular menstruation, and delays the development of menopause in women. It can also help ease other symptoms associated with menstruation, such as abdominal pain, nausea, headache, fatigue, and mood swings.

Generally beneficial to uterine health, frankincense helps regulate the production of the estrogen hormone, which then reduces the chances of uterine cancer.

To relieve menstrual cramps, add 8 to 10 drops of oil to bathwater and settle in for a long, soothing soak. If experiencing heavy menstruation, massage 3 to 4 drops of frankincense onto lower abdomen twice a day.

Relieves Gas


Frankincense can diminish gas and prevent it from building up in the body. By removing excess gas from the intestines it also brings relief from associated problems like abdominal pain, stomach aches, chest pain, abnormal and excessive sweating, indigestions, uneasiness, and other related issues.

Skin Care


Frankincense is simply amazing for skin! Its astringent property helps tone and lift skin, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. The oil’s potent anti-aging qualities promote regeneration of healthy skin cells, while keeping existing cells and tissues healthy. When applied topically it helps remove micro-wrinkles around eyes and cheeks, tones and tightens skin, and fades away scars, marks and sun spots at a faster rate.

Apply a couple drops to skin to treat acne scarring, blemishes, and cuts. If you have sensitive skin be sure to mix frankincense with a carrier oil, such as coconut or grape seed oil, before use.

Add a few drops of frankincense in your daily skin treatment cream to minimize wrinkles and restore skin’s elasticity.

For a great oil cleansing skin regime, mix coconut oil with frankincense.

Aids Digestion


If experiencing indigestion, chronic indigestion, or acid frankincense can help treat it without any side effects. The oil speeds up the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach and accelerates movement of food through the intestines by stimulating peristaltic motion.


Compared to other pharmaceuticals that help release excess water from the body through urination, frankincense oil is the safest and more effective choice Being a diuretic, it stimulates urination and helps remove that extra weight as well as unwanted fats, sodium, uric acid, and other toxins from the body while lowering blood pressure.

Treats Respiratory Problems


Frankincense can help subdue coughing, and remove accumulation of phlegm in the respiratory tracts and lungs. Those suffering from bronchitis, congestion of the nasal tract, larynx, pharynx, bronchi, and lungs can also be treated with the use of this oil. Its antidepressant and anti-inflammatory qualities can help relax breathing passages, therefore reducing the risk of asthma attacks.

Inhaling frankincense oil can help relieve nasal congestion associated with cold and allergies.

Eases Aches & Pains


Its anti-inflammatory property helps relieve body pain, headaches, toothaches, and balance the internal body temperature commonly associated with colds.

Try rubbing frankincense on sore joints to relieve arthritis pain and injury pain. For headaches, rub a little frankincense on the temples and forehead.


Frankincense oil can both tone and boost health as a tonic. It aids all the body’s systems, including respiratory, nervous, excretory, and digestive, while increasing strength by boosting the absorption of nutrients into the body. The oil boosts the immune system, helping to keep you strong and protected.

Calms & Relaxes


Frankincense is an effective sedative, inducing a feeling of mental peace, relaxation, and contentment. It helps treat anxiety, anger, stress, promotes deep breathing, and helps bring you back into a state of calmness.

Add some frankincense to a diffuser or vaporizer to help ease stress and anxiety.

When feeling mentally sluggish or foggy, rub some frankincense oil on temples and hands, cupping your hands over nose and inhale deeply.

Other Benefits

Frankincense oil can soothe pain associated with rheumatism and arthritis. It heals infected wounds, boils, acne, insomnia, circulatory issues, and various kinds of inflammation.

There are no known side effects of frankincense oil, but if you happen to have sensitive skin dilute it with a carrier oil. Since it acts as an astringent and emmenagogue, do not use frankincense during pregnancy.

Frankincense oil blends well with myrrh, sandalwood, orange, benzoin, lime, lemon, lavender, bergamot, and pine oil.