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How to use Frankincense Essential Oil

Terri FosterFebruary 24, 2022

Frankincense essential oil is known as the King of Oils for its amazing health benefits. It has been used for thousands of years and was once more valued than gold. Let’s learn how to use Frankincense essential oil, its benefits, safety tips, and diffuser and roller blend recipes. It’s not by accident that Frankincense is included in the TOP 10 Essential Oils because of its many uses and benefits.

Top uses for Frankincense essential oil

  • Skin health and imperfections
  • Calm and soothe anxious feelings
  • Reduce stress and improve mood
  • Reduce head and neck tension
  • Supports a healthy inflammatory response when taken internally*

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. This includes some affiliate links and I may earn a small commission on products recommended at no extra cost to you.

Who can use Frankincense?

Pure Frankincense essential oil is safe for children, babies, elderly and even our furry friends like cats and dogs. Topically, it is safe to be used direct to the skin also known as “neat” application. For sensitive skin, children and elderly it is always recommended to dilute with a carrier oil which is a vegetable based oil applied to the skin along with the essential oil. My favorite carrier oil is Fractionated coconut oil because it is stainless, odorless and absorbs nicely into the skin. Fractionated coconut oil is the same coconut oil you probably have in your kitchen but some of the fats have been removed so that it stays in a liquid state. This works great for roller blends and skin applications.

For more safety information, recipes and dilution charts download a FREE 10-page guide to Essential Oils Made Easy!

How is Frankincense essential oil sourced?

Frankincense essential oil comes from the resin, or sap, of Boswellia trees grown in Northeast Africa. There are dozens of species of Boswellia trees but only four produce Frankincense essential oil.

Harvesters make shallow cuts into the bark to allow the resin to seep out. Within about two weeks the the resin will crystallize into “tears” which are then scraped and collected. The resin tears are carefully cleaned and sorted by size and color for quality grading— a job traditionally done by women. From there, the resin is steam distilled and essential oils are extracted.

What are essential Oils?

Essential oils are aromatic compounds found in plants, seeds, bark, flowers and trees. Pure essential oils are 50-70 times more potent than herbs and when used properly are 100% natural and safe.

Have you ever crushed a peppermint leaf between your fingers?  What you were doing was rupturing the essential oil sacs to smell the essential oil aroma.  The aromatic compounds inside those tiny little sacs help the plant protect itself and thrive.  We get the same benefit when we use essential oils. 

How to use essential oils

AROMATIC USE is simply inhaling from the bottle or palms of your hands; making a spray or using a room diffuser. Essential oils can positively effect our mood and emotions in less than 30 seconds.

TOPICAL USE is simply placing the oil on your skin where it is absorbed. Essential oils are 50-70 times more concentrated then herbs. We can dilute essential oils with a carrier oil (such as fractionated coconut oil) to slow that absorption and avoid sensitivity. To effect the whole body apply them topically to the bottom of the feet, spine or navel.

INTERNAL USE is safe with Certified Pure Tested Grade (CPTG) essential oils. Because they are 100% pure with no additives or synthetics added they are safe for internal use when labeled as such. To take essential oils internally you can add a drop of essential oil to water or in a vegetable capsule. Look for the Nutritional Facts label on the side of the bottle to ensure it is safe for internal use.

How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil Aromatically

  • Inhale directly from cupped hands
  • Diffuse with Lavender and Bergamot to create a relaxing environment
  • Add a few drops to diffuser jewelry
  • Breathe in deeply before prayer or meditation

Frankincense Diffuser Blend Recipes

Add the essential oil drops to a room diffuser along with tap water to the fill line. Inhale and relax!

Uplifting

2 drops Frankincense oil
2 drops Lavender oil
1 drop Lemon oil

Concentration

2 drops Frankincense oil
2 drops Peppermint oil

Immune Support

2 drops Frankincense oil
3 drops On Guard protective blend

How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil Topically

  • Add a few drops to your moisturizer to help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections
  • Apply to pulse points to help balance mood
  • Apply to the abdomen to soothe stomach discomfort
  • Apply to temples, back of neck and shoulders for head tension

Frankincense Roller Blend Recipes

In a roller bottle add the essential oil drops and fill the rest with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil. Roll on area of concern.

Head Tension

10 drops Frankincense oil
10 drops Lavender oil
10 drops Peppermint oil

Glowing Skin

8 drops Frankincense oil
8 drops Lavender oil

Respiratory Support

10 drops Frankincense oil
10 drops Breathe respiratory blend

Roll on chest, back of neck and spine

How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil Internally

Frankincense essential oil is only safe for internal use with pure essential oils labeled “safe for internal use.” Do Not Use fragrance essential oils internally.

  • Take one to two drops in a veggie capsule to support healthy cellular function
  • Take thumb with one drop and hold to the roof of your mouth for 30 seconds to ease head tension

Frankincense Veggie Capsule Recipes

In a veggie capsule add the following drops of essential oil and take along with water.

F.L.O.O.T. Immune Support

1-2 drops Frankincense oil
1-2 drops Lemon oil
1-2 drops On Guard blend
1-2 drops Oregano oil
1-2 drops Tea Tree oil

Cellular Support

Take 2 drops of each Frankincense and Copaiba essential oils under the tongue daily

Minor Discomfort

2 drops Frankincense oil
2 drops Copaiba oil
2 drops Lemongrass blend
2 drops Marjoram oil

What makes doTERRA Frankincense different?

Here is the thing, purity impacts potency. Potency relates to how effective an oil is. Where the plant grows, how its harvested and how it is distilled impacts its chemistry and consistency. When you use an oil, you want it to work the same way every single time. The better the quality the better the oils work with and for your body.

doTERRA’s Frankincense essential oil is a proprietary blend of four species of Frankincense resin sourced where it grows best from northeast Africa and the Arabian peninsula: Oman, Ethiopia and Somalia.

The purity and quality of an essential oil is its most important characteristic. Have you seen a $10 Frankincense in the grocery store and wonder why it’s so cheap? Well, you can bet that bottle is synthetic grade and does not have the therapeutic benefits of a pure essential oil. The same thing goes for oils on retail sites such as Amazon. Anyone can buy a replacement essential oil bottle top for .50 cents that will seal as if it was a brand new bottle of essential oil. Buyer Beware! The percentage of adulterated essential oils on the market today is staggering.

Do you want to add Frankincense Oil to your Self Care Toolbox?

CURRENT DOTERRA CUSTOMERS: Purchase Frankincense by logging into your doTERRA account to receive 25% off retail (wholesale pricing). You can order a Standard Order or use the Loyalty Rewards Program and earn points back for free product.

NEW TO DOTERRA: Essential oils can be purchased individually at retail pricing OR you can purchase a starter set and receive 25% off retail. Starter sets include a wholesale membership ($35 value). A wholesale membership works just like a Costco card or Amazon Prime membership. You pay the one time fee and receive 25% off all purchases for an entire year.

Enjoy 25% off Retail pricing with a Wholesale account and more:

  • No minimum commitment or auto-ship requirements.
  • Access to limited time offers and exclusive essential oil blends.
  • Earn points on purchases which can be redeemed for free product (optional).
  • Annual renewal costs $25 and includes a free Peppermint 15mL essential oil ($23 value)
  • FREE essential oil reference book (my exclusive bonus!)
  • Ongoing essential oil education weekly
  • Bi-monthly newsletter with essential oil samples and recipes
  • Private Facebook community for ongoing support and daily education

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