Frankincense Essential oil.. a hug in a bottle

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense Essential Oil is one of my favourite essential oils. It’s deeply calming, grounding and smells divine. A fellow Aromatherapist friend once described it as ‘a hug in a bottle’ which quite honestly is the best way of describing it!

It has a deep, churchy smell. If you’ve ever been in a church where they’re burning incense then it smells a bit like that. It also reminds me of violin rosin

What does Frankincense essential oil do?


It has anti-inflammatory properties so great for calming inflammation. It also works on a spiritual level, so if you have a physical inflammation or a frayed temper, frankincense is what you need.

Useful for Respiratory System

It has great benefit to the respiratory system, with expectorant properties being good for easing catarrh and coughs and for clearing mucus. It’s calming properties help calm breathing. It has a noticeable effect on the mucus membranes of the body, especially the lungs.

Frankincense Essential Oil is useful for meditation

Calms the Nervous System

It has a calming effect on the nervous system, aiding mediation and relaxation. Helps to reduce stress and anxiety, soothing the mind. It also aids concentration. If you need to be calm and focused put a few drops of Frankincense oil in a diffuser and let it work its magic.

Helps the Reproductive System

Frankincense Essential Oil also helps the reproductive system, especially balancing menstruation. It may have a calming effect in labour and may also ease postnatal depression. It is thought that it may be useful in treating genital infections, cystitis and nephritis (kidney infections)

Best Use of Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense is amazing for mature skin smoothing wrinkles, balancing oily skin but also good for dry skin. It has vulnerary properties which help the skin heal more quickly.

It makes a great massage oil blend and is used a lot in mature skin care.

Can be used in a diffuser to calm and soothe

Use in an ointment and apply to the skin

Safety Data

Must be used well-diluted
Before using in Pregnancy please consult a qualified Aromatherapist for advice

Blends well with

Basil, Black Pepper, Geranium, Grapefruit, Lavender, Orange, Melissa, Patchouli, Pine, Sandalwood, Lemon, Mandarin, Myrhh, Pine, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Neroli and Vetiver

Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper

I am a Reflexologist, Reiki Master Practitioner and Writer from Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire. I love writing about Health and Wellbeing, Mind Body Spirit and Reflexology. When I’m not at work, you can find me in the kitchen cooking up a storm!

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