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Frankincense Essential Oil: How to Use It and the Benefits

What is Frankincense Essential Oil made of?

Frankincense Essential Oil is sourced from the resin of the Boswellia sacra tree, commonly known as frankincense. This tree thrives in arid, cool areas of the Arabian Peninsula, Northern Africa, and parts of India.

The primary compounds found in Frankincense Essential Oil are alpha-pinene and limonene. These components are believed to impart anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and astringent properties to the oil, making it highly beneficial for various health and wellness applications.
  • Latin Name: Boswellia sacra
  • Main Country of Origin: Oman
  • Scent Note Type: Base note with a sweet, woody, and slightly spicy aroma
  • Most Popular Usage: Aromatherapy and Skincare


What are the benefits of using Frankincense oil?

Frankincense Essential Oil offers numerous potential benefits:
  • Stress Relief- It promotes relaxation, reduces stress, and eases anxiety.
  • Skin Health- It promotes healthy skin, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, and helps heal minor wounds.
  • Immune Support- Its antiseptic properties aid in boosting the immune system.
  • Respiratory Aid- It can help clear the nasal passage and allow for steady breathing.

How to use Frankincense Essential Oil?

  • Aromatherapy: Add a few drops to a diffuser or to hot water for inhalation to promote relaxation.
  • Topical Treatment: Mix with a carrier oil and apply to the skin to support skin health and healing.
  • Massage: A few drops in a carrier oil creates a soothing massage blend.

How to combine Frankincense Essential Oil with Carrier Oils

Common carrier oils used with frankincense oil include jojoba oil, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil. To create a blend, mix 2-3 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil with a tablespoon of your chosen carrier oil.

For a diffuser blend, combine 4-6 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil with the recommended amount of water in your diffuser.

Research based on Frankincense Essential Oil

"Frankincense essential oil suppresses melanoma cancer through down regulation of Bcl-2/Bax cascade signaling pathway." (2019, The study suggests that frankincense essential oil may have potential anti-cancer properties.

"The effect of frankincense in the treatment of moderate plaque-induced gingivitis." (2011,**: The study indicated the potential effectiveness of frankincense in improving gum health.

"The effect of aromatherapy by essential oil of orange and frankincense on anxiety in patients with type 2 diabetes." (2020,*: The study suggested that aromatherapy with orange and frankincense essential oils can reduce anxiety in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  Is Frankincense Essential Oil safe for all skin types? Generally, yes. A:  However, as with any essential oil, it's recommended to do a patch test first.

Q:  Can I ingest Frankincense Essential Oil?

A:  Avivni's Frankincense Essential Oil is designed for topical and aromatic use only.

Q:  Is Frankincense Essential Oil safe for pets?

A:  Cats and dogs are very sensitive to essential oils and many are even harmful or poisonous to them.  Diffusers for aromatherapy should be placed high up and not near food and water bowls. There are products especially formulated for pets that have been vetted for safety and diluted to the appropriate strength and we suggest you stick with these.  We recommend always checking with a holistic veterinarian before using an essential oil product on your pet.


Q:  Can Frankincense Essential Oil be used during pregnancy?

A:  It's advisable to consult with a healthcare provider before using during pregnancy.

Q:  Does Frankincense Essential Oil have a shelf life?

A:  Yes, it's best used within 2-3 years after opening.

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