Frankincense Essential Oil

Botanical Name:  Boswellia carterii
Plant Part Used:      Resin/Gum                      
Country Of Origin:       Somalia      
Method Of Extraction:    Steam Distilled  
Aroma:       Balsamic and slightly citrusy                          
Color:  Light yellow
Note:  Base  
Contraindications:    none   

Frankincense, also known as Olibanum, is a resin that is extracted from the Boswellia tree. It is then steam distilled producing a very woody and balsamic scented essential oil.

Frankincense is a valued resin and has been used since ancient times. It’s a prized component of religious and spiritual ceremonies, medicinal applications, and cosmetics.


Frankincense comes in a variety of species including:

  • Boswellia carteri – usually found in Somolia
  • Boswellia frereana – usually found in Somolia
  • Boswellia sacra – usually found in Somolia
  • Boswellia serrata – usually found in India
  • Boswellia neglecta – usually found in Ethiopia
  • Boswellia papyrifera – usually found in Ethiopia
  • Boswellia rivae – usually found in Ethiopia

Spiritual Support

Frankincense is considered a sacred essential oil that encourages healing of the spirit and heart.

I use Frankincense during my time of prayer and meditation as a way to calm and focus my mind and ground my spirit.

Anointing points

  • feet
  • palms of hands
  • lower back
  • pulse points

Biblical References

Frankincense is known to be one of the gifts brought to Jesus as a gift when he was born, but it’s also found in the pages of the Torah (Old/First Testament). As a matter of fact, it’s mentioned 26 times throughout the Old Testament.

God spoke to Moses: “Take fragrant spices—gum resin, onycha, galbanum—and add pure frankincense. Mix the spices in equal proportions to make an aromatic incense, the art of a perfumer, salted and pure—holy.

A Holy ceremonial perfume – Exodus 30:34-35 (MSG)

What is that coming up from the wilderness,
    like a column of smoke,
perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
    with all the fragrant powders of the merchant?

A perfume – Song of Solomon 3:16 (NRSV)

They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.

A gift to the new born Savior Jesus – Matthew 2:11 (MSG)

Other places you will find frankincense in the Bible are:

  • Old Testament – Leviticus 2, 5, 6, 24; Numbers 5, 1 Chronicles 9, Nehemiah 13: 5, 9; Isaiah 43:23, 60:6, 60:1-7, 66:3; Jeremiah 6:20, 17:23; Song of Solomon 4:6, 16
  • New Testament – Revelations 18:13
  • Apocrypha – 3 Maccabees 5:2, 10, 45

Energetic/Emotional Benefits

  • Supports reflection and introspection
  • Encourages emotional healing on all levels
  • Quiets the mind
  • Supports focused attention and tranquility

Therapeutic Benefits

Frankincense essential oil has a variety of benefits that can assist with a holistic lifestyle. The following are only a few notable benefits:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Astringent
  • Anti-anxiety
  • Calming
  • Expectorant

Blends well with

  • Bergamot
  • Cedarwood
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Orange
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli

Ways to use

Frankincense essential oil can be used in many ways. Add a few drops to your diffuser before you begin any spiritual practice for heightened connection with God. Add a few drop to you bath water at the end of the day to help you relax and calm overactive thoughts.

Additional information

Here are additional articles and research specific to Frankincense essential oil. This information is given for educational and informational purposes only. It is not to be used as a cure or medical treatment for any illness.

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