We often think of frankincense essential oil when we hear the story of the baby Jesus. It was one of the three gifts given to Him by the Magi. Back then, it was a precious, costly gift. It’s value is no less today. While it may be more widely available, there is a reason it has been held in such high regard for centuries. It is a true healing oil that can be used for all sorts of things. Frankincense has many incredible properties that make it a must have for your natural medicine cabinet.
As with any essential oil, when using frankincense, apply it diluted with a carrier oil. You should always purchase essential oil that is undiluted, then dilute it yourself at home with the carrier oil of your choice. Many people prefer fractionated coconut oil or olive oil as a carrier oil. Here are 19 uses for frankincense essential oil.
Heal Cuts and Scrapes
Frankincense can be applied to minor burns, scrapes or cuts to help aid in the healing process. Many people like to use it alongside lavender essential oil – they make a fantastic combination for healing. Apply it several times a day to the affected area.
Frankincense can lighten the symptoms of depression for some people. Apply a few drops (at least twice a day) to the back of the neck, near the brain stem.
Fade Away Scars
Apply diluted frankincense to an incision or wound several times a day to help with scarring – even if the wound has already healed up.
Replace OTC Pain Meds
You can use frankincense in place of anti-inflammatory medications like Advil. You might soon find that you’ll be reaching for the frankincense instead of that over the counter pain medicine next time whenever you have an ache!
While it’s no miracle worker or fountain of youth, a drop of frankincense in your favorite face cream can help those wrinkles to be a little less prominent. Experts also recommend diluting some 50/50 with a carrier oil in a roller bottle to apply to the face daily.
Stress Be Gone
Frankincense can bring about feelings of calm and peace. You can diffuse some into the air, or put a drop or two on your neck or temples to relieve stress. Additionally, just putting a drop in your hands and inhaling deeply can bring the same results!
Insect Bite Relief
Put some diluted frankincense on a bite or sting to relieve the pain and itching, as well as bring down any swelling.
Are you congested? You can do a DIY steam tent: put several drops (5-6) in a sink full of hot (not boiling) water. Lean over the sink with a towel over your head and breath in deeply. After several minutes, you should be able to breathe a lot easier!
No Itching Here!
Got an itch? Apply diluted frankincense to the area in question!
Mix baking soda, coconut oil, and frankincense for a germ fighting, oral health boosting toothpaste!
Immune System Booster
Frankincense has many antiseptic properties – which makes it a great tool for the immune system. Diffuse some into the air – especially this time of year when colds and flu are rampant, or rub some onto your feet each night before going to sleep. It will give your immune system a boost!
You can apply some diluted frankincense to acne breakouts to clear them up and heal the skin. This is a great alternative to many of those pricey over the counter treatments that can cause skin irritation.
Diffuse frankincense throughout the home to create a peaceful mood.
Odor Be Gone
If you notice a musty smell – place several drops of frankincense in a bowl of water, or diffuse it into the air to deodorize and disinfect!
Restless Leg Remedy
If you suffer from restless leg syndrome, you know it can be miserable. There isn’t much that can bring relief. Try rubbing a couple of drops of diluted frankincense onto the soles of your feet or into your calves each night to see if that will help.
If you are having trouble sleeping, try diffusing frankincense in your bedroom to bring about calm, restful sleep. Try this if you are sleeping in a strange place too, like in a hotel room or while traveling, to help ensure restful sleep.
Get Rid of Warts and Skin Tags
You can put a single drop on warts or moles several times every day until they are gone. This is a much less costly approach than dermatologist visits. However, if a mole or skin tag looks suspicious, please have it checked out by a physician.
Help for Arthritis
As mentioned before, frankincense can be used for pain relief, as well as relieving swelling. This is great news for arthritis sufferers. Use frankincense diluted with a carrier oil and apply it to those achy joints every day as needed, and especially before going to bed.
Boost Other Essential Oils
Frankincense is great used alone, but it is also a wonderful companion oil to many other essential oils. It boosts the effectiveness and potency of other oils, so many people like to layer it on top of other oils when they are applied to the skin.
These are only a handful of the uses of frankincense. It is a powerhouse oil, and is a must have for anyone wanting to get a multipurpose oil for their stash.
Do you use Frankincense? What have you found it is most effective for in your home?