22 Powerful Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil

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When it comes to essential oils, I believe practical and anecdotal uses are those that can be relied upon to deliver the best results.  And so it is with one of the most powerful and versatile oils available, Frankincense.

I do not say this lightly because truth be told, I initially shunned Frankincense, or “Frank” as it is called, because I thought it both exotic and expensive.  Slowly, though, I began to recognize its value especially when it comes to skin and wound care and its remarkable ability to relieve inflammation and pain.

22 Uses of Frankincense

What is Frankincense?

Many know of Frankincense as one of the plant-derived treasures, along with myrrh,  given to the newborn Jesus in the New Testament.  Its use in a religious context goes beyond Christianity, however.  According to the Hebrew Bible, frankincense and myrrh were components of the holy incense ritually burned in Jerusalem’s sacred temples during ancient times.

Frankincense is derived from the sap from a specific variety of trees in the genus Boswelia.  Harvests are done at various times and the more opaque resins are considered to be the best quality.

22 Powerful Uses of Frankincense for Health, Wellness, and Healing

The following uses of Frankincense are based upon my own personal experience or on the experience and knowledge of trusted colleagues in the online community.  In going through this list, I am sure that you will agree that Frankincense deserves its reputation as the “King of Oils”.

1. Heal wounds from cuts, scrapes, and burns.  For even greater benefit, apply Lavender essential oil first then layer Frankincense on top.  The combination of these two oils together is amazing when it comes to healing wounds.

2. Reduce and fade scars.  Continue use after the wound has healed to reduce and fade scarring.

3. Relieve the symptoms of gout.  Mixed 50/50 with a carrier oil, Frankincense has been known to relieve the painful symptoms of gout.  I know this is true because during our recent vacation, my husband had a flare-up of gout and after applying frank and coconut oil 4 times daily, the pain was all but gone within three days.

4. Foster strong immune system.  The antiseptic properties of Frankincense make it ideal for supporting a strong immune system.  Massage a few drops into the balls of your feet every day.  In addition, try diffusing it throughout your home and especially in the bedroom at night.  This is especially good during cold and flu season.

5. Stress and anxiety management.  Apply a drop at the temples to relieve stress and evoke a feeling of calmness.  You can also rub a few drops mixed in a carrier oil on the back of the neck when you feel anxious.  Something else you can do is simply inhale the aroma of the oil by rubbing a drop or two between the palms of your hands then bringing them up to your nose and taking a deep breath.

6. Mitigate depression and feelings of helplessness.  Apply a few drops to the back of the neck and especially around the brain stem two or more times daily.

7. Anti-aging.  None of us likes to look old.  Dabbing Frankincense on fine lines and wrinkles will make them less noticeable.  A 50/50 blend with a carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, sweet almond oil) in a glass roller ball is recommended.  You can also add a drop of Frank to your daily moisturizer.

8. Replacement for NSAIDS/Advil.  Frankincense is a powerful anti-Inflammatory and can be used to relieve conditions where pain and inflammation are present.

9. Colds and congestion.  Put up to six drops in a sink or bowl filled with very hot water then bend over the sink with a towel draped over your head to contain the steam. Breathe in the vapors for at least five minutes, adding more hot water as needed.  Be careful not to scald yourself; the water should be hot, not boiling.

10. Relieve itching.  A single drop applied to the affected area will bring immediate relief.

11. Relieve arthritis pain and swelling.  Mix with a carrier (such a Simple Salve or DIY healing salve) and rub into aching joints at night before bed and throughout the day,

12. Clear up cystic acne.  Dab one drop on stubborn spots of cystic acne morning and night. According to my friend Wendy at Mom’s Essential Oils, this treatment cleared things up for her son in just two or three applications!

13. Relaxation.  Add 5 or 6 drops to a diffuser and breath in the oil to open the senses and create a calming atmosphere. Perfect for quiet meditation.

14. Remove moles, skin tags, and warts.  Apply a single drop 3 or 4 times a day until gone.  Note that if the mole is dark and ragged around the edges and/or growing quickly, see your healthcare professional for an assessment and possible treatment.

15. Reduce swelling from insect bites.  A single drop dabbed on an insect bite will reduce the swelling and stop the itching.

16. Enhance vision.  I have seen many references to “studies” that indicate that Frankincense will improve vision and possibly eliminate the need for reading glasses.  I could not find a single study myself, however.  That said, my personal experience tells me that Frank will indeed improve vision and if my latest test results are accurate, using Frankincense along my optical bone and under my eye has halted, for now, the progression of glaucoma.  Please take care not to get any oil in the eye itself.  In this case, less is more.

17. Remove musty odors.  Place a couple of drops in a small dish of water and the room will take on a much fresher smell.

18. Restless leg syndrome.  Apply 2 drops Frankincense with carrier oil to the bottom of each foot and massage each night to relieve restless leg syndrome.

19. Oral Health: Useful as preventative measure against oral health problems such as bad breath, toothaches, cavities, canker sores, and other infections. Try mixing with baking soda and coconut oil to make your own toothpaste.

20. Promote sleep and prevent insomnia.  Diffuse frankincense at bedtime to help you slow down your breathing and relieve nervous tension and anxiety.  You will sleep like a baby!

21. Boost the healing power of homemade remedies and beauty products.  JoAnn from God, Family, Country, Love adds a few drops of Frankincense to DIY salves, lip balms, and roller balls.  It boosts the power of everything else! (More about that in #22 below.)

22. Enhance the efficacy of other essential oils.  The best is saved for last.  Layer Frankincense over other essential oil to enhance that oil’s properties and drive the oils deeper into the cells.  This layering will deliver amazing results for those times when you need to kick it up a notch.

Essential Oils and You

Essential oils are adaptive, meaning they adapt to your unique body chemistry. What this means is that sometimes an oil will work for you right away and sometimes you have to be consistent and use it over a period of days to see results.  And, in some cases, a particular oil may not work for you at all.

Finding the right combination of oil or oils may take some trial and error.  In my own experience, I have found that the basics such as lavender, peppermint, oregano, lemon, melaleuca (tea tree) and rosemary work for me without fail, every time.  Other, more complex blends may take a while but when they kick in, the carry a punch.  And always, Frankincense seems to make every oil I use more effective sooner.

Practical Concerns

You will notice that I frequently mention the use of a carrier oil.  In most cases, mixing Frankincense with a carrier (such as coconut oil or a salve) will make the application easier.  In addition, you will be saving money because you will be diluting the oil 50/50.  Be cautious, though, and ensure that the Frankincense you purchase is 100% essential oil and not pre-diluted.  You will want 100% pure Frankincense so that you can dilute, or not, yourself.

I like to dilute 50/50 in a roller ball bottle (such as these or these).  For that I use fractionated coconut oil which is in liquid form.  If you see the term FCO used, it is an acronym for fractionated coconut oil.

Coconut oil is a wondrous substance.  To learn more, be sure to read Every Prepper Needs Coconut Oil in Their Pantry.  Fair warning though, you will fall in love with this stuff.

Although not known for side effects, frankincense essential oil should not be used during pregnancy unless cleared in advance with your healthcare provider.  Likewise, always dilute with a carrier oil when used on children.

Where to Purchase Frankincense

Frankincense essential oil is widely sold both online and in health food stores.  I personally purchase therapeutic grade Frankincense from Spark Naturals.  Their quality standards are high and because they sell direct and not through a membership or MLM program, their prices are affordable.

In addition to the individual oil, Frankincense is a component of the Health and Wellness Kit.  This kit includes 10 oils and oil blends at a highly discounted price and shipping in free.  This is the kit I include in my bug-out bag.

Spark Naturals also carries a number of supporting carrier oils as well as accessories such as roller ball bottles, dropper tops and more. Furthermore, you can use the code BACKDOORSURVIVAL to get a 10% discount off your entire order.

The Final Word

It was over a year ago that I tossed two drawers full of OTC remedies into a box in favor of essential oils.  To this day, I am still learning how to use the various oils to improve my health and to remedy everyday aches and pains.  You might say that essential oils are my band-aid of choice!

My own education continues.  A few months back I purchased a big fat book entitled “Essential Oils Desk Reference” and I use it almost daily.  If you can afford it, I highly recommend that you add this desk reference to your survival library.  Although it promotes another brand of oils, the information is presented in an unbiased manner and there is never a sales pitch one way or another.

Going forward, I plan to continue to share information on additional, less common, essential oils.  There are dozens of oils out there and I am convinced that we can all maintain our health and wellness during times of crisis with the proper selection of essential oils in our first aid kits.

Be well and stay safe!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!
Gaye

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Spotlight:  Frankincense has become an important tool in my first aid kit and works especially well to promote the rapid healing of cuts and wounds.  I purchase my Frankincense from Spark Naturals.  It is therapeutic grade which means it can also be ingested internally.

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Also available at Spark Naturals are a variety of useful accessories, including roller ball bottles, ointment jars, glass spray bottle and diffusers.

As always, use the discount code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” to receive a 10% discount on your order.

Bargain Bin: Here are some things to get you started with using essential oils plus the items you need to make your own scrubs, salves, lotions and potions including Miracle Healing Salve and Simple Salve.

Spark Naturals Health and Wellness Kit: If you are just getting started in using essential oils for wellness purposes, I recommend the Health and Wellness Kit which includes all of my favorites including Frankincense.  An alternative is the Essential 4 Pack which includes Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca (Tea Tree) and Peppermint.  Be sure to use the discount code “BACKDOORSURVIVAL” to receive a 10% discount.

Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition I thought long and hard before purchasing this book but once I did, I was so grateful I took the leap.  The information is cross referenced in many ways making it easy to find what you are looking for.  When searching for a particular remedy, you may see multiple oils listed and any will work but they are presented in order of typical efficacy.  The nice thing is that if you do not have #1 on hand, you can move down the list.  I have found the recommendations to be spot on,

Aromatherapy Glass Roll On Bottles, Frost Cobalt Blue-Set of 6: You are going to want some of these for your oils.  I put essential oils (singly or in combination) in a roller ball with a bit of fractionated coconut oil and use it to apply e.o.s topically.   Note that I prefer the cobalt blue roller ball containers but they are also available in clear.  These complement the custom salves I mix up and store in these 1/2 ounce ointment jars.

Coconut (Fractionated) Carrier Oil:  Once you start using coconut oil, you will be hooked.  This is the fractionated coconut oil I used in my scrub (mixed with a bit of olive oil).

Diffusers:  You are definitely going to want to consider a diffuser.  I keep one in my office next to my desk, one in the bedroom, and one in the bathroom. Yes, I am hooked!  The diffuser pictured below is this one: ZAQ Dew Aromatherapy Diffuser.

NOW Foods Essential Oils:  I use essential oils from Spark Naturals.  For healing purposes, I feel they are superior.  On the other hand, NOW Foods has decent essential oils at a budget price from Amazon.  Here are a few to get you started:  NOW Foods Rosemary Oil, NOW Foods Peppermint Oil, Now Foods Lavender Oil and Now Foods Lemon Oil.

White Plastic Jar with Dome Lid 2 Oz (12 Per Bag):  I use these small ointment jars in addition to small Mason jars for my salve.  I also have similar jars in the 1 ounce size and 1/4 ounce size (my favorite for mixing up various salve and e.o. concoctions).

Beeswax Organic Pastilles, Yellow, 100% Pure 16 Oz:  I ordered the white pastilles but have since learned that the natural yellow pastilles are better.  That said, the difference may not be discernable – just be sure that what you purchase is cosmetic grade.

Glass Droppers, Pack of 6: I bought a package of these and loved them.  When I went to re-order, I accidentally ordered plastic instead glass droppers.  Learn from my mistake.  The price is the same so get the glass ones.

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil:  This is my preferred coconut oil.  I love it so much I purchased a 5 gallon tub.  Really, I did!  I find it very silky to work with and love the taste when used in cooking.  Note that no refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees.

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Nutiva Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:  Amazon sells this pure-white, USDA-certified-organic, extra-virgin coconut oil that is cold-pressed from fresh coconuts within two hours of chopping. No refrigeration is required and although it solid at room temperature, it melts at 76 degrees.

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22 Powerful Uses of Frankincense Essential Oil — 45 Comments

  1. Thankyou so much for this, I am passing this on to my wife immediately as she has just begun to build our fak and intends to include a lot of essential oils in the mix. She will absolutely love this to bits.

  2. Just wanted to ask about the coconut oil as a carrier oil. I am allergic to coconuts, pineapple and bananas (throut starts to close,believe me, not a sensation you’d like to experience). So what would you recommend I use for a carrier oil? ALso Thank you for the Emergency Food Storage Guide.

    • Can you tolerate olive oil or sweet almond oil? Those would be my top two choices although there is hemp oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil and a whole bunch of others that would work. Any oil, really.

      I have used 100% olive oil in my salves, omitting the coconut oil completely. I did, however, use an additional tablespoon of beeswax to ensure that the salve would not be too gushy.

      • Thanks again I will look into the almond or olive oil. I have some glycerin that I’ve used in other things but wanted to check with you on a substitute for the coconut oil

  3. Thank you so much for this! I am on my way to purchase some “Frank” right now. I was wondering, however, how you would get a 50/50 dilution using the salve. Would it be easier to just make some salve with the Frank in it? Learning so much from you, Ms. Gaye (or Ms. Levy, if you prefer)! I look forward to reading your articles. Thanks again! 🙂

    • Shanda – Yes, certainly, you can make salve with Frankincense. As an alternative, what I do, is make a plain salve (no essential oils) and keep large jars of it available for spontaneous use.

      Sometimes I will take a dab of plain salve (also called “naked” salve) into the palm of my hand and add a drop or two of essential oil. Frankincense for instance. I don’t get real scientific about it, I just use it.

      Mostly, however, I will take a teaspoon of plain salve and put it in one of those little 1/2 oz jars I get at Amazon. Then, for a 5% dilution I will mix in 5 drops of oil or combination if oils. Usually 5% is enough but sometimes I go as high as 10% which would be 10 drops per teaspoon.

      BTW, I measure the actual volume of the jars and they hold 3 teaspoons of salve. So I eyeball things and add my plain salve and oils accordingly. (1/3 jar of salve + 5 to 10 drops of oil.)

      I hope this answers your question. I might add that for some of the stronger oils (oregano, for example), I may start with a 2% dilution (2 drops per teaspoon of salve). Often times less is more if you know what I mean.

  4. Very interesting about the use of Frankincense for glaucoma. Where exactly do you place the oil on your face for this… above the eyebrow or below? And also directly under the eye, correct? I hate wearing reading glasses and it is getting progressively worse as I age. I also may have glaucoma, but it isn’t confirmed yet. I have a large visible optic nerve, but normal pressure and no associated vision loss.

    So, I definitely want to give this a try! Love my essential oils!

    • I mix Frankincense 50/50 with FCO in a roller ball. Morning and night, I roll this on below by eyebrows, around the outside of the eye, and underneath the eye. I wear makeup and sometimes I apply over makeup with no problem since it soaks right in.

      I have also put a drop or two in my hand and patted it around my eyes but it is a lot easier to use the roller ball and also, in my opinion, less wasteful.

      As a hidden benefit, the crows feet around my eyes seem to have softened.

    • PS – You do not want to mess around with glaucoma and should have it checked. I have no symptoms; most people don’t know that they have it until their eyesight is significantly hampered.

  5. “3. Relieve the symptoms of gout…..I know this is true because during our recent vacation, my husband had a flare-up of gout and after applying frank and coconut oil 4 times daily, the pain was all but gone within three days.” — “all but gone”?? Describing something that way sounds like the pain is still, or more than, the original issue. I think I understand this post to be positive as if it helped gout, but “all but gone”, sounds like he’s still in pain. Maybe help us be assured that the pain is all gone?

    • Paula – Frank is one of the oils that I apply neat without any problem. It is a powerful oil so sometimes a single drop or two will be all that you need.

  6. I’ve been using oils off&on,but just got some Frank along w/my lavender oil and black pepper oil(to help w/cravings from smoking)from my friend.They’re all terrfic.Everyone should be using them instead of throwing thier $away on pharm’s.Thanks a lot for all the info.What about Myrrh oil to mix with the Frank?

  7. I just started researching about essential oils. My father has fought off Oral Cancer one time. And now its back. I have been constantly researching new ideas and other natural ways then to to through chemo which will just deteriorate his body and he has already lost so much weight and and has become so fatigue, I cant stand to watch him be in any more pain then he has already gone through. And when he did radiation last year..It suffered so much pain an agony after it was so sad to watch..But out of all my researching for a better answer essential oils always pops up. My father has oral cancer. He doesn’t smoke and he is the healthiest guy I have EVER met thanks to my mom who is very into nutrition herself. Another issue is since his surgery he has been on a on a G-tube meaning hes being fed by a liquid diet. So he needs all the nutrition possible and Chemo will just kill him before the cells. My question if anyone could please answer or direct me to a place or some where I can get more information on essential oils for someone who is on a g-tube for feeding and is battling oral cancer. I have been googling, listening to stories…And I know that each person is different, But I at least want to say I gave it my best shot onto finding out what something better then to be given a drug that will slowly kill you and not your cells…

    Any help I would greatly appreciate it..

    • For cancer, I recommend the Budwig diet. It’s a whole protocol but there is a mixture of cottage cheese and flax oil that is the center of the protocol. In my opinion, the entire protocol is difficult but if you start your father on the flax/cottage cheese mixture, that may indeed help cure him.

      Go to: http://www.budwig-videos.com/

      Sandra Olson runs this site and there is plenty free information here. She has a paid for part but the blog she has in addition to her free materials will be enough to get you started. If your father is allergic to cottage cheese, thenn use Organic Greek Yogurt or other similar product. Best Wishes

  8. Ashley, I am just beginning with oils, so no help on that. But I want to let you know about a book that could help your father.”The Healing Codes” by Dr. Alex Loyd,PhD., and Dr. Ben Johnson,MD. It has helped many, including myself. Dr. Johnson ran a cancer clinic in Atlanta, was healed of ALS (Yes!) and quit his clinic to travel the world and teach the Codes. Healing is about Energy. Here’s to your father’s health!

    • I agree with Mary, Ashley! Get the book at the library or order it, and go to his website. Just type in ‘healing codes’ or ‘Alex Loyd’ and it will pop up.

    • Ashleigh,
      In The Truth About Cancer, which you can google, Dr Axe talks about putting 2 drops Frankincense on your thumb and rubbing it on the roof of your mouth several times a day. This was for brain cancer. One lady came up to him and said her husband was healed when he was told there was nothing else they could do for him. He went home and tried Frankincense. The oil crosses the blood brain barrier which many treatments do not. Seems it would be good for the mouth area too. Of course healthy vegan diet would be best because it is alkaline and cancer loves an acidic environment of processed foods, sugar etc. Raw smoothies and juices would be best at first. They are nutrient rich and the easiest food for the system to digest. I’m not sure how you get it in a G tube. I wish you success and good health.

  9. I recently watched “The Trnuth About Cancer” on line and a couple of people mentioned Frankincence mixed with coconut oil for their cancer they had brain tumors and rubbed it on the back of their neck several times a day. It is one of the oils that can move thru the blood brain barrier.
    There was another carrier oil they mentioned but can’t remember it.

  10. This article is very helpful for me. You know that I have to deal with the spots and I think this treatment may help me a lot. I’m now finding for a natural solution for my face and I’ll try this one… Thank you thank you for sharing this post… 😀

  11. Do you know any essential oils that would help my husband’s prostate cancer?He tried radiation but it made him deathly sick so he had to stop.Thank you.

  12. Hi I just started using this with lavender for my dad’s liver tumor and use it in a carrier of black seed cumin oil (amazing stuff). Anyways after the very first night of him using it his rls is gone! Never even realized this would help with rls but super excited about it because as he is fighting the cancer without chemo he needs a good nights rest. Love to see all the other uses you have mentioned.

  13. I am just finding out the benefits of Frankincense and other oils. So far, Frankincense and melaleuca work wonders for inflammation and pain of arthritic knees. Thank you for your article. I do get my oils from a different company however, and they are 100% pure grade. And btw, although I love frankincense, I hate the smell… It reminds me of smells insideThe Vatican, Ancient Rome and the scent inside The Pantheon (church and dead people!)

  14. I am trying to come up with something that will help with spider veins. I made a mixture of frank, lavender,lemon, witch hazel and baby oil. Is there something else I can add or take away or just start over

  15. Hi
    I have been getting mixed responses about types of roller balls that can or cannot be used with diluted Frankincense. Can someone help me?

    • I believe the problem as more to do with the roller ball than the oil. I find that with some oils, the metal roller balls fall out, whether diluted or not. When shopping for roller balls, my suggestion is to read the reviews online very carefully – especially the negative reviews.

  16. A friend of mine turned me on to Frankincense three weeks ago because she told me that for her past three annual eye exams her eye sight has been improving. I wondered whether or not it would help me with my blurry vision (after reading for 30 minutes or more at a time) and my dry eye condition which was steadily getting worse. I had slowly elevated to using nearly a bottle of artificial tears a week. I am happy to report that since I started using a combination of 1-2 drops frankincense in about 1/4 tsp. coconut oil twice or three times a day, my dry eye is about 90% – 95% alleviated! I just rub the blend all around my eyes, including the lids. I’ve also noticed that I can read for longer periods of time without my vision blurring, as it had been.

  17. You suggest using a roller ball for applying a 50/50 mix of frankincense and carrier oil. The description of the roller ball listed in Spark says to NOT use it. Where do we get one that the ball will not fall out of?

  18. Is there anyone else on the face of the Earth that doesn’t get along well with coconut oil? I used to love the stuff, but it is now very drying to my skin and hair. What’s up with that?

  19. Just found your info on Frankencense oil. Have a question about the comment on dry eyes and applying Frankencense and coconut oil around the eye and on the eye lids . My question , I had cataract surgery a year ago and have dry eyes would it hurt the implants by applying this to my eye lids? I have been using the oils for other things and know they work. Thanks for your help.

    • I will be having cataract surgery later this month and plan to continue using Frankincense around my eyes. Just make sure it is well-diluted in coconut oil (or other carrier).

  20. Which oil, or oils, would be most beneficial for treating hormone imbalance? My doc has me on a low dose blood pressure med because it helps with hormonal acne….go figure. I’ve since run out and I don’t want to go back to man-made pharmaceuticals. I’m also using a Retin-A cream, o.5% Tretinoin, at night. Someone mentioned tea tree oil….? But what can I use internally?

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