10 Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil

Check out these 10 uses for Frankincense essential oil – from beauty and skin care to meditation and relaxation to grounding and emotional support. Learn how to use Frankincense essential oil in this tutorial.

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Closeup of Frankincense next to a diffuser

You might have heard of Frankincense as it’s been referenced in the Bible. In fact, Frankincense and Myrrh were both given to Jesus at the time of his birth. At the time, both were considered more valuable than gold.

Today, Frankincense essential oil is still used for meditation and to promote healthy skin. In fact, I like to use Frankincense and Lavender together for a dynamic skin duo.

What is Frankincense Essential Oil?

Frankincense is distilled from the resin of of the Frankincense tree. With Young Living, their Frankincense essential oil is distilled from boswellia carterii trees located in northern Africa near the Arabian peninsula. While there are other sources of Frankincense, I personally love Young Living. It’s made a huge different in my skin tone and texture.

Young Living does have two types of Frankincense available – and I’ll explain why:

Why two bottles? It’s the exact same oil, but a product cannot be used for topical and dietary, according to product labeling standards. But do know that it IS the same oil. So how do you use Frankincense essential oil? I’ve got 10 great uses – keep reading…

10 Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil

1. Help to brighten skin

Add about 10 drops of Frankincense essential oil to 1 oz of your favorite moisturizer (along with 5 drops of Lavender). It helps to improve the tone and texture of skin.

2. Make a DIY facial serum

Just add 3 drops Frankincense essential oil and 3 drops Myrrh essential oil to 1 oz carrier oil (such as argan or rosehip) to make your own DIY facial serum.

3. Make a homemade facial wash

This is one of my favorite recipes with Frankincense essential oil. Just add Frankincense, Lavender, liquid castile soap and some water to a small foaming pump bottle. Here’s the tutorial for my DIY face wash.

4. Stay calm at the end of a long day

Add 1-2 drops of Frankincense essential oil to 1 tsp of carrier oil and massage neck and temples. It’s great to use at after a busy day.

5. Boost your mood

If you feel overwhelmed or out of sorts just apply 1-2 drops of Frankincense essential oil to your wrists and neck.

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Closeup of Frankincense essential oil on a table with amethyst crystal

6. Support wellness

Add 3-4 drops Frankincense Vitality to a spoonful of raw honey or an empty vegetable capsule and take internally as a dietary supplement. It helps to support overall wellness.

7. Promote relaxation

Unwind by adding a 5 drops of Frankincense essential oil to a cup of Epsom salts along with 1 tsp almond oil. It helps to promote relaxation after a long day. Here’s an easy recipe to make your own DIY Bath Salts.

8. Boost your toothpaste

Many natural toothpaste brands contain Frankincense or Myrrh (a cousin to Frankincense in the botanical world). Power boost your toothpaste by adding a drop of Frankincense Vitality to your toothbrush, add your favorite natural toothpaste and brush teeth as normal.

9. Diffuse during yoga practice

The next time you practice yoga (or any stretching exercises at home), diffuse 6-10 drops of Frankincense essential oil. It helps to uplift your spirit, while making you feel grounded in the moment.

10. Stay grounded during meditation or spiritual time

Diffuse 5 drops Lavender and 5 drops Frankincense essential oil during meditation to stay grounded and feel a sense of purpose.

Closeup of Frankincense essential oil next to a woman meditating

What’s your favorite use for Frankincense essential oil?

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    1. Great question. I personally only take Young Living’s Frankincense Vitality internally. They have a whole line of essential oils you can take internally. Do you already have Young Living?