Frankincense (known also as olibanum and boswellia) essential oil has been appreciated for its medicinal benefits for thousands of years. Frankincense resin was used during biblical times. Later, when distillation came along, it opened new doors for using this remarkable essential oil. Frankincense has a remarkable effect on the body, both spiritual and psychologically. (1)
However, frankincense should be used respectfully, and not only because the resin can difficult to collect. There is also a sustainability issue to consider any time a plant is being over-harvested. Consider using your precious frankincense oil only when necessary.
When we think of using frankincense, we should think in terms of utilizing not only the essential oil but the parent resin as well, or we miss out on the therapeutic properties that cannot pass through during the distillation process of the essential oils. This also assists with sustainability issues. It takes an enormous amount of resin to produce essential oil. Resin use would have a lesser impact on the frankincense usage. (2)
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There are several species of frankincense. This chart shows you the various types and the range of constituents and properties within them. Based on this, you can choose the frankincense that best suits your needs.
On this chart, with the exception of the Boswellia carterii, the percentages come from Robert Tisserand’s Second Edition Essential Oil Safety. The Boswellia carterii information came from my supplier. (3)
Using a GC/MS report, you can ensure getting the highest percentage of the component you are looking for in frankincense and all your essential oils. When purchasing your frankincense, review the GC/MS report because you could get either a monoterpene-rich or esters-rich frankincense that could change the way you use it.
Now we will look at the various ways you can use frankincense and which species best suites your needs.
1. Improve Digestion
Using Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) for the digestive system is the perfect choice. Based on the above chart, there are many properties that contribute to the healing of the digestive system. Based on the healing properties, the symptoms it can relieve include digestive upset, belching, and chronic diarrhea. For digestive issues, inhalation is very effective in easing the symptoms.
Blend the following to help ease an upset stomach:
Use: This blend can be added to an aromatherapy medical grade inhaler or add the total amount to 1-ounce carrier oil or unscented lotion. Apply to the belly every 3-4 hours until symptoms ease.
The oil acts like digestive enzymes, speeding up the digestive process.
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2. Relieve Cold and Flu Symptoms
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) is over 70% of the chemical component a-pinene, known for its ability to (amongst other health benefits) combat bronchial infections and viruses. (4)
Try the following recipe in an inhaler to combat congestion and mucus, or you can diffuse it.
Chest Congestion Inhaler or Chest Rub
Place the drops in your diffuser, according to diffuser directions since it depends on the size of your diffuser and the room size being diffused. You can also add drops to 1-ounce of unscented lotion or carrier oil and apply to the chest and neck area. This is for adult use only. For the little ones, leave out the Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1,8 cineole). In its place, use 2 drops of Ravensara (Ravensara aromatic), a safer choice for children. When applying topically on small children, apply to the upper back rather than the chest to avoid little fingers getting into it.
3. Reduce Inflammation
Not only does the component a-pinene assist with colds and flu, it’s optimal for inflammation as well. (5) I would suggest looking at either Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacra for inflammation. For isolated inflammation such as muscle and joint pain I generally go topically, applying at the site of discomfort. I would suggest the following using either carterii or sacra.
Muscle Pain Relief
Directions: Blend with 1-ounce unscented lotion or carrier oil and apply to isolated area every 3-4 hours or as needed.
*Reminder: We are not doctors. We can only suggest solutions that we have found to be effective, either through scientific research or personal experience*
4. Treat Gout
With the resin sourced from a small tree native to North Africa, frankincense oil acts as a skin cleanser, tightener, and tissue toner. Its properties are known to assist healing skin ailments like wrinkles, stretch marks, boils, and cysts. It can help you feel better right away, and frankincense also helps tone your skin so it returns to normal after your gout symptoms have faded away.
However, it is the Boswellia dalzielii, made from the leaves of the tree, which have the components with the therapeutic effects of anti-hyperuricemic, which are antigout agents. These agents work to either correct overproduction or underexcretion of uric acid. Gout, hyperuricemia caused by formation of uric acid from purines, can be effectively controlled long-term with these agents. (6)
To ease inflammation, pain, and discomfort from gout, try the following blend:
Gout and Joint Pain Blend
5. Treat Bursitis
Bursitis is inflammation of the bursa that occurs when the associated joint is overused, such as when throwing a baseball.
There are a few steps you can take to help improve quickly:
Use frankincense oil to treat bursitis. It reduces inflammation and pain while improving circulation, so the bursa can heal more quickly. Try the following blend:
Directions: Apply 3-4 times a day to inflamed area
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6. Relieve Aches and Pains
For isolated joint pain, topical application of frankincense is perfect. For all over flu-like body aches, inhalation and diffusion are best.
For this kind of joint pain, try the following blend:
Blend drops together and use one of the following applications:
7. Improve your Immune System
When it comes to supporting the immune system, there is no better frankincense for the job than Boswellia sacra. Referring to the above chart, we can see that the components that have immune supporting properties exist in this species. There are many ways we can stimulate our immune system, and massage is one. Even if you can’t run out and get a massage, after your shower take time to apply a great lotion with frankincense. Start at the feet and slowly work up the legs, massaging at the lymph node sites (inside ankles, knees, groin area, abdominal area, under the arms, and the sides of the neck). This not only charges our immune system, it gets the whole body stimulated and ready to face the day.
Use the following blend:
Directions: Blend and add blend to two ounces of your favorite unscented lotion or carrier oil. Some carrier oils to consider are fractionated coconut oil (which can also be taken as a capsule), sweet almond, jojoba, olive, and avocado. For overall body application, 1% or less dilution rate is suggested to avoid irritation. Although most citrus oils are phototoxic, sweet orange is an exception. However, many citrus fruits are sprayed with pesticides, so know your supplier.
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8. Frankincense and Cancer
In the reference study, it revealed “frankincense, pine needle, and geranium essential oils suppressed cell viability, proliferation, migration, and invasion in human BC MCF-7 cells. Further data demonstrated that frankincense, pine needle, and geranium essential oils induced apoptosis, but did not affect cell cycle progression.” (7) This is a step in a positive direction. Another study shows promise using frankincense and myrrh (8).
The most studied component in frankincense resin is boswellic acid. However, the molecules of the boswellic acid are too large to pass through with the tiny molecules of essential oils during the distillation system. Referenced here, we find many resources on studies done on frankincense resin boswellic acid and potential cancer prevention. (9) (10)
Note: If you are presently under treatment for cancer, consult with your physician prior to using essential oils. Many great references and guidance on using the resin are currently available. One of the best resources on how to use frankincense resin is Dan Riegler at/. Another great resource is Robin Schiller-Kessler, C.A., who can be found at /.
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9. Speed the Healing of Gingivitis and Mouth Sores
Frankincense heals ulcers and wounds. The mucous membrane inside of our mouth is tender, so dilution is especially necessary w