Frankincense: A Favorite Essential Oil with Far-Reaching Benefits

Frankincense: A Favorite Essential Oil with Far-Reaching Benefits

Native to the Middle East and northern Africa, frankincense is popularly known as ‘olibanum’ in Arabic. This awesome essential oil is derived from the Boswellia tree and today, the Middle East as well as Somalia and Ethiopia are the leading suppliers of this oil to the world. The most common traditional use of frankincense was aromatherapy. It was a staple when it came to incense burning in many religions and cultures. Today, many still use this incense for spiritual cleansing. Scientists have come to learn that the incense has the power to kill off pathogens in the air as well; so, it can literally cleanse your air for a healthier life.

Types of frankincense essential oils

The Boswellia tree has many species and to this end, every species produces a different type of essential oil. Some oils are more potent than others and in this regard, their healing benefits may differ. In fact, different oils vary in chemical composition and the most common type is frankincense carterii. This is a sweet and citrusy oil that has many merits. This oil type is rich in alpha-pinene and monoterpenes. In light of this, you enjoy immune-boosting properties for your body. This is also a great oil for skin health. 

Another type of frankincense oil is one sourced from the highlands of Somalia. It is called frankincense frereana. It is unique and comes with healing benefits as well. In general, frankincense essential oil has many benefits for your health. If you have never used it, this article sheds more light to show you how you can tap into natural beauty and overall health. Below is a more detailed look into the top benefits of using this oil.

Top benefits of frankincense essential oil  

Boost the quality of sleep

If you have trouble sleeping at night, you probably have stress and anxiety. With this reality, it is hard to relax and fall asleep deeply. You can aid your sleep naturally by using frankincense oil. The scent is known to calm your nerves and boost better breathing, making falling asleep easier. At an age where sleeping pills have become the order of the day, choosing a natural sleeping aid is a healthier option. Some people use this oil to eliminate the aches and pains that keep them up at night. If you simply want to enhance the quality of your sleep, try this essential oil and see the natural difference.

Anti-aging and skin healing

Aging skin has many problems ranging from dryness to age spots. Frankincense essential oil will firm the skin and delay the aging process. If you suffer from scars, this is also a good option to fade them. From acne scars to surgery scars and even stretch marks, this oil has been found beneficial. For dry skin that is cracking, the oil acts like a steroid to tackle a myriad of skin problems. Therefore, it is an excellent natural toner for skin with anti aging properties. If you have redness and irritation on the skin, the oil is also great and there is evidence to support this. The structure of frankincense is composed of pentacyclic triterpene which is responsible for this good effect.

Enhance your memory

There are many factors that can cause brain fog. This can impact your memory and leave you vulnerable in many ways. Frankincense oil has been seen to boost both learning functions and memory. You can sharpen your abilities naturally by using this vital oil. More studies are being undertaken to fully understand how this oil boosts memory and learning functions in humans.

Support digestion

If you have stomach problems like bloating and constipation, this is an oil that can relieve the problem. It promotes bowel movements by sparking the production of digestive enzymes. It also boosts the production of urine. It also eases nausea, stomach pains, leaky gut issues, IBS, chronic colitis and so on. Therefore, if you are looking for a natural way to boost your digestive function, this oil has been found effective. With an optimal digestive system, you can be sure to improve skin health as well.   

Other uses of frankincense oil

The oil has antimicrobial benefits and it will kill harmful bacteria effectively. Therefore, many people use it as a natural flu medicine. It can also help tackle colds. If you need to relieve your stress, you can soak in a frankincense bath and get refreshed as needed. It promotes relaxation and you can tap into the aromatherapy benefits therein. Because it is an astringent and can kill both viruses and bacteria, this oil is also used as a natural household cleaner. In addition, there are oral care products that contain frankincense oil. It can prevent dental decay and infections naturally. If you are dealing with any kind of inflammation and pain, this oil also helps. This means that joint and muscle pain can be soothed this way. The list of benefits and uses goes on and on.

How to use frankincense oil

Using this oil is easy when you have good DIY recipes. The best carrier oils to use with frankincense oil are coconut and jojoba oils. Shea butter is also another consideration. Lavender and jasmine essential oils blend well with frankincense.

Does frankincense oil have any side effects?

There are no known reports pointing to ill side effects of this oil. Most people tolerate it well. Having said that, using any essential oil must be done with caution. Because the oils are usually very potent, you have to use the recommended amount. Most times, the oil should be used as a blend or in water. Used wrongly, the oil can burn your skin or cause some irritation. Therefore, be careful; especially when making your own oil blend at home. Otherwise, this is one of the most celebrated essential oils. More people are coming to learn and enjoy the many benefits of frankincense essential oil.


32 thoughts on “Frankincense: A Favorite Essential Oil with Far-Reaching Benefits”

  • Jeanne Coulombe
    by Jeanne Coulombe

    I am just learning about oils I'm gonna try this scent tonight cause I have a hard time sleeping. Thanks for the info.

    • Rema Quintal
      by Rema Quintal

      🤞🤞 crosses to try these amazing offers Am on the recovery road from chemo n can use all the help in a world!!!

  • Thomas Gibson
    by Thomas Gibson

    Thanks for sharing this awesome article. I will have to try frankincense now.

  • Christine Yvonne Groce
    by Christine Yvonne Groce

    I would love to try any one or all of these oils.

  • Tina Holley
    by Tina Holley

    I love Frankincense in my diffusor!

  • Lisa
    by Lisa

    I love the smell of frankincense!

  • Helen Stanley
    by Helen Stanley

    I would love to win! Thank u for a chance. I have fibromyalgia & lupus, some oils help with the stress.

  • Gail Williams
    by Gail Williams

    I enjoy frankincense for the help it gives me in falling asleep. Also it can help if you are feeling fluish.

  • Sherie
    by Sherie

    Olibanum is made from the resin of the Boswellia tree it's purpose is to help aid inflammatory/gut health which I love about it.

  • Lindsey Roberts
    by Lindsey Roberts

    For someone who doesn't know a ton about essential oils, this definitely makes me want to start trying them out!

  • MPaula
    by MPaula

    Skin problems - yes, due to diabetes. Sleep problems - yes. Not sure of the cause. Digestion problems - intermittent. Looks like I could benefit!

  • Kat Olmstead
    by Kat Olmstead

    Amazing scent! Very informative. Thank you!

  • Calvin
    by Calvin

    Heard of this one before, never seen them in real life though.

  • Tony Platz
    by Tony Platz

    I have always enjoyed the scent now I know the benefits thanks.

  • Theresa C.
    by Theresa C.

    After hearing of frankincense for so many years, it was great to learn the healing properties and history of it!

  • Richard Hicks
    by Richard Hicks

    I did not know it was so versatile

  • Wanda Tracey
    by Wanda Tracey

    I was excited to learn about the healing properties of frankincense and how it can help with sleep.

  • Cheryl
    by Cheryl

    I haven't tried Frankincense yet.

  • Abbey Ryan
    by Abbey Ryan

    Would love to try :)

  • Jazz Fulcher
    by Jazz Fulcher

    I thought it was just a Christmas thing thanks for teaching me

  • Tracy Astwood
    by Tracy Astwood

    My favourite essential oil. So many uses.

  • Aastha
    by Aastha

    Thanks for Sharing

  • Elizabeth Matthiesen
    by Elizabeth Matthiesen

    I'm ashamed to say that I know very little about essential oils but frankincense essential oil sounds like a great one and one I'd like to have. Thanks for all the info that's always a big help for beginners like me. :-)

  • Lea
    by Lea

    Wow we learn something new everyday don't we!!

  • Sharon Lou Johnson
    by Sharon Lou Johnson

    Amazing tyvm guys xx

  • Marci
    by Marci

    I would like to try this for my memory

  • McKnight
    by McKnight

    Leaky gut issues? That sounds very unpleasant.

  • Chris JS
    by Chris JS

    Used in the incense burners of catholic (and high) churches. Takes me to a myriad of amazing vaulted ceiling places of worship, with thoughts of the transient nature of the spirit and the oneness of mankind.

  • Sandra Preti
    by Sandra Preti

    Would love to try this

  • Sam
    by Sam

    Didn't know Frankincense helps with memory and sleep. Will have to try that.

  • Mallory Bailey
    by Mallory Bailey

    I love my essential oils in my diffuser but am still learning all the other ways to use them. Thank you for all the information!

  • Amanda Greensmith
    by Amanda Greensmith

    Frankincense is lovely smelling i use it in my bedroom

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