How to use Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is a mysterious oil that lifts the spirit.

Frankincense Boswellia Carterii Boswellia Carterii

Frankincense is harvested by rupturing the bark of the Boswellia tree which releases the resin. The resin has been used throughout millenia as an incense in rituals and an ointment for religious purposes and is considered by many to be sacred.

The essential oil is created by steam distillation of the resin using ancient traditional processes to create an exquisite oil that has a unique mysterious aroma with elements of wood, earth, spice and sweet fruit. 

Frankincense is still used today in traditional ceremonies. The Catholic church make use of the incense for religious purposes and in a more modern context it can be used for meditation and finding peace and clarity of mind within your home environment.

Where have I smelt Frankincense before?

Perfumes and Colognes
Frankincense is used extensively in fragrances and cosmetics. One of the more notable fragrances on the market at present which incorporates Frankincense is Blue de Chanel, a men’s cologne that combines a combination of top notes and heart notes with base notes of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Patchouli and Labdanum.

blue de chanel

You can utilise Frankincense oil in the following ways to reap its many wonderful benefits:

Frankincense oil for skin care
Frankincense is an active ingredient in many premium over the counter cosmetics as its properties make it a useful oil for skin maintenance.

It can specifically be useful for reducing fine lines and keeping ageing skin youthful and supple. Used regularly it can help to diminish age spots, scars and stretch marks and even out skin tone.

It has astringent properties that are effective in keeping the skin clean and blemish free. Dilute in a carrier oil of your choice, for example Sweet Almond oil, and massage onto clean skin every evening to see results.

Frankincense for clarity of mind
Taking time out for yourself is important for self care and Frankincense can be incorporated into your routine whether you enjoy meditation, yoga, journaling, reciting incantations, spell work, tarot or focussing on a vision board.


Whatever you do to clear your mind and get in the zone, burning Frankincense oil while you take time out for yourself can bring additional clarity of mind and help purify the air and create the right ambience within your environment.

Frankincense oil for stress and anxiety
Regulating stress and anxiety levels is difficult to do in the fast paced world that we live in. Diffusing Frankincense oil can be incorporated into your routine as an easy way to relieve mild symptoms of stress and anxiety and could play a role in helping to make sure symptoms don’t get out of hand.

diffusing Frankincense oil before bed can help with sleep

Burning Frankincense in a diffuser when you come home from work or before going to sleep can help to calm your mind and relax you. If you have serious stress and anxiety issues make sure to see a Dr, but if your symptoms are mild, use Frankincense as part of your routine to ward off feelings of tension.

Adding a few drops of Frankincense to your bath is another great way to inhale the aroma of this oil and feel the restorative benefits. You will also get the skin care benefits of the oil if you administer your treatment in this way too, benefitting the wellbeing of both your body and your mind.

Frankincense oil for joint pain
Any aromatherapy massage is going to benefit your body, mind and psyche, but if you specifically have aching or sore joints Frankincense has anti inflammatory properties which makes it a good oil to treat joint pain.

You can self administer regular gentle massage to areas such as the hands, knees, ankles, shoulders, your groin, feet and elbows to allow for less pain and flexibility in these areas. This type of massage can also be used preventatively and is especially useful for runners and people who take part in high intensity exercises that can damage the joints over time.

Frankincense essential oil recipes

Frankincense joint pain relief massage blend
Add 5 drops of Frankincense, 5 drops of Clary Sage and 10 drops of Lavender to 20mls of massage oil to create an anti inflammatory blend of oils to massage into tired and aching joints. This blend will ease tension in your joints and relax your mind.

Frankincense Diffuser blend
To lift your spirits and relieve stress and tension diffuse 6 drops of Frankincense, 3 drops of Ylang Ylang and 2 drops of Geranium. Breathe in and drift way.

Frankincense oil blends well with
Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Orange, Rose & Ylang Ylang.

Frankincense essential oil safety

There are different species within the Frankincense Boswellia family. Boswellia Carterii is the species which is most widely used in aromatherapy.

Boswellia is cited as being a cure for many serious diseases in articles online which suggest the internal use of Frankincense oil to reap the benefits of the oil. The truth is that many of the components of Boswellia that have alleged healing properties are not in the essential oil as they are lost through the distillation process. This doesn’t mean that Frankincense essential oil doesn’t have it’s own properties, however take caution if it is suggested that Frankincense oil should be ingested or that it can cure serious conditions like cancer.

If you are wanting to buy Boswellia supplements you should look for Boswellia Serrata as this is the only type of Boswellia that is legally certified for consumption within Europe. Never ingest Frankincense essential oil unless you have been directed to do so by a Dr or qualified aromatherapist.

Keep out of the reach of children. Dilute before use. Avoid if pregnant or nursing. For external use only.