Frankincense: Modern Uses for an ancient oilHistorical Uses:

Frankincense (Boswelia carterii, fereana, and sacra) is a highly prized essential oil obtained from the resin of a small tree.  This tree, the Boswelia, is native to North Africa and the Middle East.  Ancient Egyptians used it in the mummification process as a preservative.  Frankincense was used in ancient religious ceremonies, because it slows breathing and calms anxiety, useful for meditation and prayer.  It is still popular in religious ceremonies today, in the Catholic church this is the incense that is burned.

Frankincense has powerful cleaning and purifying properties, ancients used it to deodorize and purify the air in their homes and palaces.  It was given to the baby Jesus by the Magi along with gold and myrrh.

Modern Day Uses*:

In today’s world there are so many uses for Frankincense that it makes it well worth having in your supply.

Here are a few ways to use Frankincense:
  1.  Diffuse- to release anxiety and nervous feelings and promote calm and relaxed feelings in a room.
  2. It is an immune stimulant- use we you feel like you getting sick, using a carrier oil rub it on your lymph nodes.
  3. It is beneficial to the respiratory system- use  for colds, chest infections, coughs and bronchitis.  Breathe it in through a stem inhalation or use in a hot bath.
  4. It reduces the appearance or scars and stretch marks.  Using a carrier oil rub it directly on the area of concern.
  5. It is helpful in clearing up UTI’s.
  6. Use Frankincense to lessen bleeding in heavy menstrual cycles and lessen bleeding in nosebleeds as well.
  7. It is cleansing and purifying- removing odors and airborne allergens from the air.


Remember: Never put oils directly on the skin, use a carrier oil such as coconut oil.  Never directly ingest essential oils, unless the oil is specifically designated as an essential oil supplement.  Diffusion with a diffuser or humidifier and immersion in the bath are the best way to benefit from your oils.  Less is more with oils!


*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Shealy, Norman C. “Tea Tree” The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies. Harper Collins (2002) p. 147