Frankincense Essential Oil


The penetrating scent of frankincense essential oil can arouse memories of religious services. Incense of frankincense is used in many churches today, to give blessings at weddings and funerals alike.

In addition to the powerful memory stimulation of frankincense, it is historically important in the Bible in both the Old and New Testaments. At Christmas time we remember that frankincense was brought to the Christ child in the manger as a gift of the three wise men:

"And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented to him gifts: gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

Matthew 2:11

This oil was considered more valuable than gold in ancient times. It was used as a holy anointing oil and took part in many religious rituals. Frankincense holds a special place in Biblical lore, being mentioned dozens of times in the Bible. Here are some examples of how it was regarded in those times:

“And the Lord said to Moses, Take to you sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense of each shall there be a like weight;
And you shall make it a perfume, a confection after the are of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy;
And you shall beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with you: it shall be to you most holy.”

Exodus, 30:36

"Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense."

Solomon 4:6

Oil of frankincense was also known to possess powerful healing properties. Its fame is very fitting, as it is one of the most powerfully healing of all the essential oils, and it makes excellent aromatherapy blends with all other essential oils.

Frankincense [Boswellia carteri]

Botanical Family:

Extraction: Steam distilled from gum/resin

Properties: Immunostimulant, anti-tumoral, stimulates
limbic system, very oxygenating; affects release of many
hormones, including thyroid and growth hormone;
antidepressant, uplifts the spirits

Uses: Apply topically or add a drop to rice or soy milk, diffuse

Fragrant Influence: Promotes a meditative state of mind, very soothing and uplifting; strenghtens immune system

Aromatherapy blending: mixes well with all oils