Health Benefits of Frankincense Oil & How to Use

Frankincense oil is often overlooked as a powerful tool full of many health benefits. It is a natural antiseptic, disinfectant, astringent, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, sedative, and tonic. While it has been a popular ingredient in many cosmetic items, it is gradually gaining more respect as potent medicinal herb as well.

Scientific studies and evidence are now proving that Frankincense oil can effectively kill cancer cells and shrink tumors. Read on to learn about some other incredible health benefits and uses for Frankincense oil.

1. Oral Health

Being an antiseptic also makes Frankincense useful in eliminating bacteria from the mouth, preventing bad breath, tooth decay, plaque disease, cavities, and more. The astringent quality of Frankincense also helps support and improve the strength of teeth and gums. Try using it while oil pulling, or mix with coconut oil and baking soda to make your own natural toothpaste.

2. Menstrual Aid

Frankincense helps regulate menstruation and can also reduce PMS symptoms, such as cramps, headache, fatigue, and mood swings. Add 8-10 drops of frankincense oil to your bathwater and settle in for a long, soothing soak. For heavy periods, apply 3-4 drops in a carrier oil such as grape seed oil and massage on the lower abdomen, 2 times per day.

3. Immune Support

Because it is an effective natural antiseptic and disinfectant, Frankincense is great for supporting the immune system and making its job easier. Burning Frankincense oil can help eliminate germs in the air and can help the body heal internally. The oil can also be applied topically to wounds to prevent infection. Diffuse in the air or apply 1-2 drops onto the bottom of your feet each day to build and maintain a strong immune system.

4. Digestive Aid

Those with chronic indigestion should turn to Frankincense oil. The oil acts as a natural antacid, but actually treats the causes rather than just covering up the symptoms. The benefits are gained from the oil’s ability to improve the movement of food through the digestive system. Add 1 drop of 100% pure Frankincense oil to one tablespoon of honey, add a little water, and drink.

5. Prevents Excessive Gas

For those that suffer from excessive gas in the body, Frankincense oil is extremely effective. By removing this excess gas, the oil can also help reduce indigestion, abdominal pain, heartburn, and more.

6. Skin Benefits

Frankincense oil is great at reducing the appearance of scars, acne, and wrinkles. These benefits can be gained either by applying the oil topically, or inhaling the oil through a diffusor. Good news for women—the oil can also help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. The astringent properties of the oil also provide a lifting and tightening effect on the skin. In addition, Frankincense encourages the regeneration of healthy skin cells, which leads to healthier, younger-looking skin, and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

For blemishes, dab on a little of the oil on the area to reduce the size or help them fade quickly. For scars, mix 1-2 drops of frankincense oil with 1-2 drops of coconut oil and rub the area morning and night.

7. Natural Tonic

Frankincense acts as a natural tonic, and provides support and benefits to the respiratory, digestive, and nervous systems. Rub a generous amount on the bottom of your feet to help alleviate anxiety and nervousness.

8. Respiratory Aid

Especially when inhaled via a diffuser, Frankincense oil is great for opening up the lungs and clearing the respiratory tract. Inhaling the oil may also provide relief for asthma, bronchitis, nasal congestion, and more. Sprinkle a few drops of frankincense oil on a handkerchief and inhale as often as possible.

9. Frankincense Oil Reduces Stress

Frankincense essential oil is also great for reducing stress and feelings of anxiety. Because it is an effective natural sedative, it is also great for quieting and calming the mind and body. Next time you are feeling stressed, or maybe are just having a hard time going to sleep, utilize some Frankincense oil to get your mind to a peaceful, relaxing place.

A couple of drops under your tongue each night before bed will do the trick. You can also apply 1-2 drops at the temples to evoke a feeling of calmness and relieve stress; rub a few drops mixed with a carrier oil on the back of the neck, or rub 1-2 drops between the palms of your hands then inhale while taking a deep breath.

10. Diuretic

This oil can also help eliminate excess fluid from the body and keep the urinary tract running smooth and clear. Acting as a diuretic, it also helps prevent the accumulation of uric acid, which can contribute to conditions such as gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Put 1-2 drops in 8 ounces of pure water and drink. Mix it in a glass (not plastic), and ensure that it’s 100% pure therapeutic grade oil. Do not exceed 2 two drops a day.


As can be seen, Frankincense oil is a great natural remedy for many ailments. Perhaps even better, there are no known side effects that come along with using this oil (although it should not be used during pregnancy, since it acts as an astringent and emenagogue). Additionally, Frankincense should never be applied to broken skin.

Recommended Brands of Frankincense Oil

The important thing is to use caution and read the labels. Most brands will mention external use only; however, there are selections that are safe for ingestion. Young Living  and doTERRA offer high quality Frankincense oils that can be used internally. There are also other good brands like Radha Beauty that can be bought online, but again, always read the labels, and skim through customer reviews if available.


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