The Oil a Day Series: Frankincense Essential Oil

Welcome to Simply Healthy Life’s series on essential oils, The Oil a Day Series. Here you will find simplified (but still in depth!) information about various essential oils and how they can be used.

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**Please remember that none of the claims about these essential oils have been verified by the FDA and the information here is not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease of chronic conditions. Always consult with your physician before using essential oils if you are pregnant, nursing or taking medications.

Today’s featured oil is a very well known oil because of a certain famous Christmas gift:  Frankincense!


Frankincense has been traded on the Arabian Peninsula and in North Africa for more than 5000 years.  It is mentioned 54 times in the bible (with many other references to “incense” which is assumed to also be Frankincense) including the mention of the wisemen gifting it to the baby Jesus.  Frankincense was often burned during sacrifices and/or during worship in the Old Testament.

I’m going to geek out for a moment and discuss the deep significance of the wiseman giving Jesus Frankincense.  First of all, Frank was often burned as an offering in the Old Testament.  Likewise, Jesus was offered as a sacrifice for our sins.  Also, Frankincense was burned by the high priests in the temple.  When Jesus died, the temple curtain was torn signifying that there was no longer a need for priests as Jesus became our high priest.  Frankincense was used during embalming–perhaps this gift was a foreshadowing of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection?

And finally, one last but very cool bit of information about Frankincense. To obtain Frankincense essential oil, Boswellia trees are slashed open to allow the sap to ooze from it (it is then allowed to dry before distilling it).  Now compare that to the depiction of Christ’s death where he was whipped and his flesh was slashed until he bled.  Everything in the Bible has meaning!


The primary constituents are monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and monoterpenoles.  You can do a quick google search and read about all the numerous studies being done regarding the benefits of Frankincense essential oil.

Potential Benefits

–may smooth the appearance of skin
–may lift mood and inspire balanced emotions
–supports the immune system
–calming effect when diffused

How to Use

Frankincense is great for your skin!  Apply 2-4 drops to blemishes (no need to dilute) or mix 2 drops Frank with 2 drops of lavender in 2 ounces of carrier oil for a daily face serum.

Inhale directly or diffuse for one hour, up to three times daily.

Apply to the bottoms of the feet nightly to help boost the immune system.

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions about the use of essential oils. You can learn more about purchasing Young Living essential oils HERE.  They truly are the best oils on the planet!
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