Frankincense Oil – When in Doubt, Use It!

A boswellia frereana tree, from which frankincense oil is originated.

One of the most precious of all essential oils is frankincense.  Before learning about essential oils, I never imagined I would actually get the chance to smell this ancient oil.  I had only read about it in the Bible and heard about it at church.  It was one of the gifts brought to baby Jesus, so it must be special!

Frankincense always seemed to me to be such an out-of-reach, ancient oil.  To my surprise, it was being used in the present day by many people around the world to promote healthy cellular wellness, and a multitude of other reasons.

Like myrrh (another one of the gifts presented to baby Jesus), frankincense is a resin (dried tree sap), and has been considered precious and valuable for many years – even sacred by some.  It is used for many reasons, but here are a few:

1.  Helping build and maintain a healthy immune system.
2.  Promoting cellular health.
3.  Reducing the appearance of blemishes and rejuvenates skin.
4.  Supporting healthy immune system function.
5.  Promoting feelings of peace, relaxation, satisfaction, and overall wellness.

Dried tree sap from the Boswellia frereana tree.

In 3000 BC, frankincense had more value than gold and was sometimes referred to as “liquid gold.”  Now, in modern times, frankincense is in the spot light again due to it’s wellness and relaxation properties.


Frankincense is difficult to source, which makes it one of the priciest oils (among others like rose, neroli, jasmine, myrrh, helichrysum, melissa, etc.).  The frankincense I use comes directly from the indigenous region that the plant is from.

How to Use Frankincense:

1.  Topically – Can be applied neat directly to the skin (neat) (or diluted in a carrier oil to spread the oil across a wider space on the body).

2. Aromatically – When diffused, frankincense promotes clarity and focus.  It also helps with nervousness.

Essential oils are best diffused with either an ultrasonic or a nebulizing diffuser.  Here are a couple of diffusers that I like:  This one, and this one.

3.  Internally – Can be taken in gel caps or with honey.  Also, a drop can be placed on the thumb and pressed to the roof of your mouth to help with tension and nervousness, or 1-2 drops under the tongue to promote cellular wellness.  (please see disclaimer in red below).

I use frankincense on a daily basis under my tongue and on the bottoms of my feet to promote general wellness.  I also throw in a calming and grounding oil blend (comment below for the brand I use), for uplifting my mood and maintaining relaxation.  I tend to be a more hyper, intense person by nature, so this really helps me not scare people away!  Well, sometimes…

One great characteristic of frankincense is that it is an “intensifier” type of oil.  Meaning that it intensifies whatever oils you put on before you apply it.  It helps the other oils work better.  Amazing!  The other oil that is a natural intensifier that I know of is Copaiba oil.

Frankincense oil was a hard aroma for me to get used to, due to the strong perfume aroma it gives off.  But, once you get used to it, it’s hard not to love it!

DISCLAIMER: Not all essential oils are created equal.  Most oils are adulterated, and contain fillers and/or contaminants.  I use oils from a company that gives full disclosure pertaining to each plant’s country of origin, testing and third-party testing, to guarantee absolute purity.   100% pure essential oils will provide higher therapeutic benefits.  Please do not ingest any essential oils before speaking with a Certified Aromatherapist like myself, or someone with extensive knowledge of essential oils.

Karen Kornichuk

Certified Aromatherapist
and Member of the National Association
for Holistic Aromatherapy



2 thoughts on “Frankincense Oil – When in Doubt, Use It!

    1. Hey! Somehow this comment never made it to me, and by now I’m sure you already have an answer to this question! haha But, in case you haven’t, no oils should be heated or put in a vaporizer. They should only be used in an essential oils diffuser (or in a steam tent of boiling water – but the heat of the boiling water will cancel out the actual therapeutic properties of the oils to your body, but it will still help nasal passage clearing). I hope you are well! Karen


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