Frankincense Essential Oil: The Uses and Benefits of Frankincense Oil

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Frankincense Essential Oil Benefits Uses

Frankincense essential oil is versatile and useful in so many ways. Want to learn how it’s useful against cancer, asthma, and more? Read on!

What is Frankincense Essential Oil?

Frankincense essential oil comes from resin from the Boswellia tree. It typically grows in arid regions of Sudan, Ethiopia, and Somalia among other African countries. The demand has grown considerably in the past 10 years that farmers have started growing the trees to increase production. They produce the resin, a hard gum, at the rate of thousands of tons a year. You can dry and powder the resin, or dissolve it in alcohol or water. As a tincture boiling water is the best menstruum. You can also dissolve the powder in oil, the finer ground being the easiest to dissolve. They make frankincense essential oil by steam distillation, much like peppermint essential oil.

Uses and Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil

There are few known side effects to this oil, making it one of the most versatile in the essential oil world. Some might even surprise you!


Frankincense is one of the very few essential oils that can be used directly on the skin. In most cases, there will be no itching, burning, or irritation.

External Cancer

Frankincense has been used topically for many years, effectively killing cancer cells on the surface of the skin.

Internal Cancer

n addition to healing the skin, Frankincense is being tested on several types of internal cancers, including prostate, colon, and pancreatic cancer. While the studies are in the early stages, they are showing promise.

Asthma Relief

Frankincense essential oil contains compounds that prevent the production of leukotrienes, which causes the throat muscles to constrict in people with asthma.


Helps calm the mind and body.


Frankincense can help to reduce inflammation in many areas of the body.

Skin Tag Remover

Frankincense can help to destroy the root of skin tags, effectively killing them so they don’t come back.

Wart Remover

Research shows that Frankincense kills the root of warts, working in the same way as with skin tags.

Skin Firming

Frankincense essential oil contains compounds that help to firm aging skin. It also helps to prevent sagging in the first place.

Increases Ciruculation

Frankincense may help in delaying symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis by increasing circulation.


Frankincense makes an effective antimicrobial agent. A few drops of the essential oil in water with a bit of alcohol (to break up the oil) is all you need to clean your countertops and more.k

Immune Support

Frankincense can help to stimulate the immune system.


Drip a few drops of frankincense essential oil in half a cup of warm water and stir. Use as a mouth wash to kill germs and prevent gingivitis. Check out our other homemade mouthwash recipe.

Hormone Balancer

Frankincense can help to balance female hormones, thus decreasing cramps, bloating, anxiety, fatigue and mood swings.

While there are probably many more applications of this amazing essential oil, let’s read about the best ways to use it!

How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil

As stated above, you can apply frankincense essential oil neat (undiluted) on the skin for most people. If you experience any rare discomfort, you can mix a few drops into some jojoba oil for speedy absorption into the skin.

Add to A Carrier Oil

You can also mix the essential oil into any lotion or creme. It is an oil and should mix into any oil-based product.

Add to A Bath

Drip a few drops onto a bath fizzy and toss into the tub. The effervescent action of bath bombs helps to distribute the oil into your bathwater.


You can use a few drops in some warm water as a mouth wash as above. It also makes a great wound wash.

How Will You Use It?

Do you have a favorite use for frankincense essential oil? Tell us about it!


About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor, and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon!

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  1. Cynthia Good says

    I use a sweet Apple Orchard essential oil for my kitchen spray cleaner. I’d like a bit of a stronger sweeter scent. What fragrance oils are a good combo to add to the apple scent?

  2. Cynthia Good says

    What is a good combo essential oil to mix Francinsense oil for a fragrant bathroom countertop cleaner?
    Also can it be mixed with hydrogen peroxide for a disinfecting cleaner?

  3. Wanda says

    I’m curious to know how Frankincense can work internally; what would the application be? And also as an anti-inflammatory oil?
    Thank you.

  4. Paul Farris says

    I am Paul Farris and I enjoyed reviewing your writing/wisdom on “Frankincense Essential Oil: The Uses and Benefits of Frankincense Oil”. It was great.
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