Frankincense (Boswellia thurifera)
Rediscover the ancient healing properties of Frankincense that our ancestors have been using for millenia. Frankincense essential oil has toning and rejuvenating properties making it one of the most important oils for improving skin tone and treating aging skin, wrinkles and scar tissue. It also has uplifting properties and is good for the soul if feeling stressed, tired, overwhelmed or anxious.
What does Frankincense essential oil smell like?
Clean, fresh and sweet, Frankincense essential oil has earthy and woody undertones with citrusy-lemon top notes.
Where does Frankincense oil originate from
Native to Oman and north eastern Africa, Frankincense oil is derived from the Boswellia Sacra tree - part of the Burseraceae family. Steam distillation is used to extract the essential oil from the dried Frankincense resin, creating a pale yellow, thin oil with a wonderful incense-like aroma.
What are the properties of Frankincense oil
Frankincense essential oil has long been associated with spirituality, being used as a holy incense in the Middle East for thousands of years and has over 52 references in the bible. Frankincense incense is still used today for worship in churches and temples, globally and is thought to be burned for purification and to assist with prayer. Thanks to these calming properties, frankincense oil can be used therapeutically for:
And the science part? Inhaling Frankincense activates regions in the brain associated with the perception of warmth on the skin, leaving you feeling all comforted and calm, making Frankincense essential oil the perfect depression-bashing buddy.
Frankincense oil also has a wonderful balancing effect on the skin, making it suitable for any skin type from oily to dry. It can heal skin wounds including stretch marks and scars and can provide a youthful glow by improve elasticity, skin tone and can have a lifting effect.
The list of Frankincense goodness does not stop there! This miraculous oil is also known for boosting the immune system and preventing illness - with western studies showing it has immune-enhancing abilities. It can help with the following ailments:
- Nose bleeds
- Eases digestion
Frankincense essential oil can also help to improve memory and can be a useful aid to balance hormone levels in menopausal women.
How to use Frankincense oil
Frankincense essential oil can be a powerful aid to meditation - simply add a few drops with water to an oil burner and inhale as part of your meditation ritual to relax, destress and relieve yourself of anxieties. Alternatively, mix with a carrier oil and add to bath water. Either way is sure to increase your spiritual connectedness and intuition.
The antiseptic properties of Frankincense make it a great household cleaner - use in a spray bottle with water for some non-chemical cleaning, or use in a diffuser to deodorise your home.
Apply topically to the face or body to experience the anti-ageing benefits of Frankincense oil or to decrease the appearance of scars or blemishes. Or, use in massage to relieve the body of muscular aches or pains.
Frankincense oil recipes
Sweet Dreams, Sleepy Head
One of the major causes of sleepless nights is stress and anxiety triggering worrying thoughts that just won’t go away while you’re tossing and turning trying to get to sleep. This recipe is for a night cream, which can be applied to the face and body before bed to help you to relax, de-stress and sleep easy.
Mix all of the ingredients together and gently massage all over your body. It also works as a fantastic temple balm for when you need to a moment of calm in a busy day - simply remove the olive oil to create a more solid consistency.
- 5 x drops of Frankincense oil
- 5 x drops of Lavender oil
- ¼ tablespoon of Coconut carrier oil
- ½ teaspoon of Olive oil
Scents of the Orient Bath Salts
Take your senses on a trip to the Orient while your clear your mind and your airways. This heady and bohemian blend of essential oils is a perfect aid for meditation and just what you need for a visualisation bath or ceremonial bath. The restorative, balancing and cleansing properties of this oil will also leave your skin feeling nourished and your mind and body utterly pampered.
To make enough for three baths, combine the following ingredients together and store in a dark glass container. An airtight tupperware box will do, but you will need to use your bath salts quickly to reap the most benefit.
- 2 cups Epsom Salt (use coarse sea salt if you have high blood pressure)
- 1 cup Dead Sea Salt
- 1/2 cup Baking Soda
- 10 drops Sandalwood essential oil
- 3 drops Frankincense essential oil
- 2 drops Patchouli essential oil
- 1 drop Cedarwood or Vetiver essential oil
Essential oils to compliment Frankincense oil
- Black pepper
- Clary Sage
- Citrus essences
Anything to note?
Do not use Frankincense oil on children, during pregnancy or if you are suffering from epilepsy. Store in a cool, dark place and keep out of reach of children. Do not ingest. Always remember to mix with a carrier oil and perform a patch test 24 hours before use in case of allergies.