Frankincense is the King of Essential Oils.  It is such a versatile oil, and can be used so many ways.  I do want to clarify first, however, that all suggestions shared are effective only with high quality essential oils!

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) includes the naturally occurring constituent Boswellia acid, and has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma. Diffuse Frankincense during meditation for grounding and purpose. Applying this oil topically may help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin, and is excellent to use for massage after activity.

How to Apply Frankincense:

First, we need to look at the different application methods.

  • Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly
  • Topical: Can be applied neat (no dilution necessary). Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points.  (A great reflex point reference is found here for the feet and here for the hands.)
  • Internal: Place 1-2 drops under the tongue, or take in a capsule.  NOTE:  Not all essential oils can be ingested.  Please understand I am referring only to high quality essential oils that are marked for internal use in this post.

Arthritis: Massage frankincense essential oil into the joints.

Asthma: Inhale directly from the bottle or rub in hands and inhale.  Rub on toes and directly under the toes.  Apply to chest and spine.

Cancer: You can use this topically on the reflex points of the feet or body, and aromatically.  Can also take internally in a capsule or directly under the tongue.

Coughs: Add a drop to steaming water, place a towel over your head and inhale until the steam stops. Also massage into the chest and balls of the feet.

Dry Hair: Before shampooing, mix 4 drops of Frankincense and 4 drops of Lavender in a spritzer bottle.  Spritz on and comb thru hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes with head wrapped in cotton towel.

Dry Skin/Wrinkles on arms and legs: Blend Frankincense with an unscented all-natural lotion and apply to dry areas – especially when going in and out in the cold weather – drink more water to hydrate cells – keep young.  You can also make your own hand lotion with Frankincense and other essential oils.

Focus: Diffuse to help minimize distractions and focus energy.

Hair Rinse: Mix 4 drops Frankincense, 4 drops of Lavender, and 4 drops of Rosemary in a bottle with 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/2 cup of water.  Massage mixture into scalp after shampooing and conditioning.

Improve Vision: Massage into the reflex points of the feet (toes) and hands (tips of fingers).  Apply on the bones around the eyes – never IN the eyes.

Infected Wounds: Add a drop to warm water and soak the infected area, create a spray using distilled water and several drops of frankincense essential oil. You can also mix with Lavender and Melaleuca and apply directly to wound.

Inflammation: Massage frankincense essential oil into the inflicted area, being careful to move toward the heart. For general inflammation, add 1 drop to a steaming pot of water and inhale until the water is cooled.  Also works well mixed with Peppermint.

Memory: Rub 1-2 drops in hands and inhale as needed. Diffuse while study or working. Massage into the toes and base of the toes.

Mental Clarity: Use topically on base of neck and down jugular veins.

Mental Fatigue: Add to your bath water at the end of a long day, massage into your scalp or across your chest.  Apply a couple drops to a washcloth or little dish with some Epsom salts, place it on the floor of the shower, and enjoy the steam as it rises 🙂

Moles/Skin Tags: Apply directly on location daily – will take several applications.  I am actually do this now.

Rash: Apply Frankincense directly on rash and cover over with an unscented all-natural lotion or with Fractionated Coconut Oil to promote faster healing.

Restless and Distracted Thoughts: Gently blend and apply 3 drops of Frankincense and 2 drops of Geranium to the back of the neck and inhale. This allows the mind to clear and focus.

Seizures: Rub on bottoms of feet, up the spine, and on top of head for relief.  Diffuse in room.

Ulcers: Take internally in capsules, in food, or under tongue. Gently massage over the area and into the reflex points of the feet.

Virus of Nerves: Massage into the reflex points of the feet. Add to a warm bath with Epsom salts.


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