Frankincense Oil Benefits: Holistic Health and Wellness

on Nov 28, 2023| Modified on Dec 02, 2023
Frankincense Oil

Frankincense oil, extracted from the resin of the Boswellia tree, has been cherished through the ages for its enchanting aroma and impressive health benefits. This ancient elixir, deeply rooted in cultural and spiritual traditions, plays a vital role in contemporary wellness practices. This article explores the diverse advantages of frankincense oil, highlighting its impact on health, skincare, aromatherapy, and emotional well-being.

What is Frankincense Oil?

Origin and Extraction

Frankincense oil is a fragrant essential oil derived from the resin of the Boswellia tree, which grows in arid regions of Africa and the Middle East. The process of obtaining frankincense oil begins with harvesting the tree's resin, a milky-white sap. This resin is then allowed to harden before being distilled to extract the oil. The unique climatic conditions and the specific species of the Boswellia tree contribute to the distinct quality and aroma of the oil.

Characteristics and Composition

Frankincense oil is characterized by its woody, earthy, and slightly fruity aroma. This essential oil is clear in color with a tinge of yellow. It comprises various compounds, including boswellic acids, terpenes, and sesquiterpenes, contributing to its therapeutic properties. These compounds are responsible for the oil's anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and analgesic effects.

Frankincense Oil History

Frankincense oil has a rich history, revered since ancient times in various cultures for its unique properties. From its use in religious ceremonies to its role as a valued trade commodity, frankincense oil has symbolized luxury and wellness. Its historical prominence is a testament to its enduring appeal and effectiveness.

Cultural and Spiritual Resonance

In spiritual practices across the globe, frankincense oil is used to purify the ambiance, enhance meditation, and promote spiritual awareness. Its warm, woody scent is believed to deepen the meditative experience, cleanse spaces, and elevate the spirit, fostering a sense of peace and connection.

Health Benefits of Frankincense Oil

1, Natural Anti-Inflammatory and Pain Relief

Frankincense oil is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. It offers natural relief for arthritis, digestive disorders, and respiratory issues. The oil's analgesic qualities also make it a preferred choice for natural pain management, helping alleviate chronic pain and discomfort.

2, Immune System Support and Potential Anticancer Properties

Rich in immune-boosting compounds, frankincense oil is a natural way to fortify the body's defenses against illnesses. Preliminary research suggests that it may have potential in cancer treatment, offering a complementary approach to traditional cancer therapies.

3. Respiratory Health and Relief from Congestion

Frankincense oil is also known for its benefits in respiratory health. It can relieve congestion and phlegm in the lungs, making it beneficial for individuals with bronchitis, asthma, and other respiratory issues. Its soothing effect on the respiratory system can help ease coughs and improve breathing.

4, Gastrointestinal Health

The oil has been traditionally used to improve digestion and alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort. It may help reduce symptoms of indigestion, gas, and stomach aches. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also benefit those suffering from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

5, Stress Reduction and Neurological Benefits

Frankincense oil is widely used in aromatherapy to reduce stress and anxiety. The oil's calming properties can help soothe the mind, promoting relaxation and improving sleep. Additionally, some studies suggest that frankincense oil may have neuroprotective effects, potentially playing a role in the management of neurological conditions like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

6. Supporting Women's Health

Frankincense oil can play a role in women's health, particularly in easing menstrual pain and reducing the intensity of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms. Its calming effects can also be beneficial during childbirth, helping to reduce anxiety and promote a more peaceful birthing experience.


A Natural Solution for Skin Health

Frankincense oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, effectively treating acne, eczema, and other skin conditions. The oil's ability to promote cell regeneration also aids in reducing signs of aging, enhancing skin's natural radiance and youthfulness.

Aromatherapy and Emotional Balance

Soothing the Mind and Enhancing Mental Clarity

In the realm of aromatherapy, frankincense oil is a prized asset. Its calming aroma is effective in reducing stress, anxiety, and promoting a sense of mental clarity. Regular use of frankincense oil in aromatherapy can improve emotional balance and a heightened sense of well-being.


Frankincense oil is a versatile and potent natural remedy, offering a wide range of benefits from health and skincare to emotional and spiritual wellness. Its enduring popularity and effectiveness make it a staple in natural wellness practices, underscoring its status as a timeless treasure in holistic health.

Ganglion Cyst

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Posted by Pitsa (Athens, Greece) on 02/21/2015

I had ganglion on my feet for 3 years which sometimes was painfull. Two doctors said I should remove it with surgery. I read in Earth Clinic about frankincense oil, so I used it. In the morning and before sleep I put some frankincense oil and massage smoothly. It seemed to become smaller after two days. At the 10th day I decided to massage it a little harder. And that time I heard the noise of the cyst cracking! And it's gone! That was two weeks ago.

Skin Cancer

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Posted by Flippside (Tampa, Fl) on 02/28/2022

I am 58 yr old female. I had an anomaly on my lower right leg a few inches above my ankle that appeared over the last 6-7 years as a light brown spot the size of a dime. I took my first photo of it in 2018 and had been keeping an eye on it. Late in 2021, I noticed that it had become darker and ominous. I had heard someone mention in passing in an online video that frankincense oil had been successful in treating melanoma. Sure enough, I looked online and found studies have been conducted.

I first tried dabbing frankincense essential oil on the anomaly 3-4 times a day. After two weeks and no noticeable improvement, I decided to add curcumin (an active ingredient in turmeric) which has also been studied on cancer. I did this by saturating a small piece of cotton with frankincense oil, and then opening a capsule of curcumin and sprinkling it on the saturated cotton. I then placed the cotton on the anomaly and a band-aid over it. I did this daily for almost four weeks and the anomaly is completely gone.

I recently had an annual checkup with my primary and showed them the photo before I started treating the anomaly and they concurred that it appeared to be melanoma and gave me a referral to a dermatologist even tho I showed them that it had disappeared.

I hope this is helpful. It took some dedication to treat, but was better than going thru a biopsy and subsequently having a chunk removed from my leg, not to mention the cost considering my insurance deductible is $7500.

Before and After Photos

Replied by Vlada

thank you for sharing. Did it burn after you've applied the mixture? I just did and it burns. How often did you change the mixture? Did you keep it on all the time? Thank you.

Replied by Vera

That is an amazing story and pics. Thank you so much for sharing it, Flippside! I love being in the company of self-healers (rather than patients)! :-) Who knows how many "incurable" conditions can be cured with a little savvy and a lot of persistence and courage.


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Posted by Mama to Many (TN) on 10/24/2020

Thursday I was having abdomen pain but figured something I ate didn't agree with me. The pain got worse and worse. At bedtime I used a castor oil pack, which always seems to help. But it didn't this time. I was in so much pain I couldn't sleep. I was pretty sure it was a UTI but was starting to worry that something worse was wrong. I was very close to waking up my husband to drive me to the ER. I finally had the presence of mind to get some frankincense oil. I dumped many drops onto my hand and massaged it into my abdomen (lower center, where the pain was). Within 20 minutes the pain was improving. I was able to sleep in spite of discomfort and some chills. In the morning I took my temp and did have a fever of about 100*. My husband made me very strong plantain tea (1/3 cup dry leaves to one quart boiling water. Steep 30 minutes. Sweeten with a little honey and add some lemon juice.)

I drank hot apple cider with a Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in it.

Later in the day my neighbor got me some 100% cranberry juice which I mixed with apple cider.

I continued to apply frankincense throughout the day. By afternoon my fever was gone.

Today I am still tired. I made more plantain tea and am drinking my cranberry juice in apple cider.

Honestly that bottle of frankincense oil saved me a trip to the ER. I just ordered another bottle. Definitely an "essential" oil in my book!

~Mama to Many~

Posted by Charlotte (North Carolina) on 01/06/2018

Frankincense Oil for a UTI

I recognized the beginnings of a UTI and started drinking ACV and more water, but when I started rubbing a couple of drops of Frankincense Essential Oil on my lower abdomen did I see results. I saw results within one day. I continued to rub several drops on my lower abdomen for a week and haven't had anymore symtoms of UTI. I am now two weeks past the original symptoms of UTI and haven't had any more more problems. I have recently tried to employ essential oils to take control of my health and am happy with the results.

Posted by Arie (Singapore) on 02/20/2011

UTI occurence is very periodic for me, I get it almost every month just before my period and sometimes, just because I ate something sweet. I've read about the coconut oil and ACV and am waiting for it to be delivered when I suffered from another attack.

As you know your mind gets fogged, you are in a constant dull pain, and you SIMPLY CANNOT GET TO SLEEP. There was certainly some despair.

I popped a garlic pill, vitamin C, drank water..... Nothing.

In desperation, I recalled watching the TV with this really old man talking about steaming a mixture of myrh, frankincense and some other ingredient that I can't remember, to subside inflammation.

Since I was travelling and have about 4 oils with me, I decided to go with my frankincense.

I dropped 2 drops onto a panty liner and wore it to bed.

Thankfully I fell asleep quickly and when I woke up in the morning, the pain that I usually experience EVERY MORNING when I visit the toilet, IS GONE.

I am in awe. For days my mornings had been associated with visits to the toilet and weird smelling pee. I cannot describe how troubling it had been and am truly happy I found some sort of a remedy.