Essential Oils 101: Frankincense

If you missed Essential Oils 101, I encourage you to read that before or after this post. As promised, I put up a poll in the Learning About Essential Oils Facebook group, and Frankincense was the chosen oil for this week.

Before I begin, I want to thank those of you who have donated towards the testing we will be doing. I appreciate you very much! If you haven’t yet heard, I will be sending five oil samples from various companies to a chemist to have him test them using GC/MS. You can read all about that here. Our goal is to reach $1,000, and we are 29% of the way there already. We will learn, once and for all, what oils are good quality. If you are brand-loyal, this is a good time to put your money where your mouth is and send a donation! Please send Pay Pal funds using the Personal tab and then click Gift to I would like to get the samples off to the chemist by the end of the month if possible so we can start purchasing oils from a quality company. If you have a website (even a “commercial” one), you may be interested to know that with a $25+ donation I will list your website on my home page as a sponsor. Simply note your website when you send your donation and I’ll set it up. Thank you!

I also want to remind you to please please please make sure you use essential oils responsibly. Don’t leave them in your children’s reach – treat them like you would any other powerful medicine :)

What is Frankincense essential oil?

Frankincense, Boswellia frereana, is a tree or shrub. The essential oil is obtained from the resin of the tree most often by steam distillation.

Frankincense is found in the Middle East where it is used as a holy oil and for healing.

What are the therapeutic properties of Frankincense essential oil?

Frankincense is anticatarrhal, anticancer, antidepressant, anti-infections, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antitumor, expectorant, immune stimulant, and sedative.

You can view a list of therapeutic properties and definitions here: Therapeutic Properties.

What are the chemical constituents of Frankincense essential oil?

Frankincense’s chemical constituents, monoterpenes, sesquieterpenes, and alcohols, are made up of the following: a-pinenes, b-pinenes, a-thujene, l-limonene, myrcene, sabinene, p-cymene, a-terpinene, camphene, a-phellandrene, b-caryophyllene, a-gurjunene, a-guaiene, incensol, borneol, olibanol, trans-pinocarveol, farnesol.

How can Frankincense essential oil help me?

Frankincense is effective for a variety of emotional, immune, and nervous-system, and skin issues. Some of these include: Alzheimer’s, aneurism, arthritis, asthma, cancer, concussion, confusion, coughs, depression, fibroids, hepatitis, infections, inflammation, liver (cirrhosis), Lou Gehrig’s disease, mental fatigue, moles, MRSA, Multiple Sclerosis, nasal polyp, Parkinson’s disease, postpartum depression, scar prevention, tumors, ulcers, poor vision, warts, wrinkles.

How do I use Frankincense essential oil?

Aromatically: Yes, Frankincense can be inhaled aromatically. Give the open bottle a whiff, or use in a diffuser. Frankincense is known for its ability to promote focus and enhance concentration.

Topically: Yes, Frankincense can be used “neat” (undiluted) right on the skin for wound-healing and germ-fighting capabilities.

Internally: For what it’s worth, the FDA has approved Frankincense for use as a food additive and flavoring agent. Use 1 drop per 4 ounces of liquid. As with all essential oils, this should be done with caution.

More information on usage and dilution recommendations here: Essential Oils 101

How do I use Frankincense essential oil in a blend?

Frankincense has a “rich, deep, warm, sweet, balsamic, and incense-like” aroma and is best as a base note when making a blend. Base notes should make up 5-20% of the final blend.

Frankincense blends well with all oils.

Note: Therapeutic blends should be comprised of 28 drops of essential oils to 1/2 ounce of a carrier oil, such as almond, jojoba, or even coconut oil. Blends intended for massage use should contain 50 drops of essential oils per 4 ounces.

Where can I buy Frankincense essential oil?

Until I get enough donations to get oils tested, I can’t recommend any brands to you at this time. Frankincense is a common oil that most brands have available, and the prices vary widely. You can find Frankincense on Mountain Rose Herbs, as well as several brands on amazon.

In fact, the prices vary so widely ($17 – $93) that this is the oil I will be sending off for testing. I would love to know if I can get away with a $17 bottle and not have to pay $93!

Please let me know how YOU use Frankincense essential oil by leaving me a comment below.

You may also join the discussion on our Facebook group, Learning About Essential Oils.

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Lea Harris founded Nourishing Treasures in 2006. A mom passionate about her family's health and well-being, Lea believes education is power. Encouraging others to take baby steps in the right direction of health for their families, Lea's goal is to raise awareness of what goes into our mouths and on our bodies, providing natural alternative information that promotes health and prevents disease by using traditional foods and nature's medicine.

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