How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil

Physical benefits of frankincense essential oil

Frankincense essential oil holds special adaptogenic properties. This has earned it the title “The Oil of Forgiveness.” Meaning that if you find, after applying a particular oil or blend, it didn’t test as well as you originally thought, you can layer frankincense oil on top. Frankincense will help harmonize the other oil’s properties to what is needed by the body at that moment.*

The question most asked about this oil is: “What is the difference between sacred frankincense and regular frankincense?” First, they have different chemical constituents and are grown in different regions. But beyond that, the greatest difference between these oils occurs in their hormone-balancing properties.*

Regular frankincense (boswellia carterii) tests best for people needing to activate and stimulate more of the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and testosterone pathways. This oil tests the best for cycling women in the first half of a menstrual cycle. This is when they have estrogen dominance symptoms: low energy, low libido, or lower basal body temperature. Regular frankincense tests well for men of all ages who feel run down or emotionally spent.*

Sacred frankincense (boswellia sacra) also tests well for people needing to stimulate the LH pathways. However this oil calms the body’s stress response. This in turn naturally helps progesterone and pregnenolone reserves. Sacred frankincense tests best for cycling women in the second half of a menstrual cycle when the cortisol and progesterone pathways are dominant. Sacred frankincense tests well for men of all ages who feel anxious, need to relax more, or whose minds race too much.*

Exciting new research with frankincense oil shows potential for anti-tumor activity. The effects of frankincense and sandalwood oils on bladder cancer cells involve different mechanisms leading to cancer cell death. Frankincense oil elicits selective cancer cell death via NRF-2-mediated oxidative stress. Sandalwood, on the other hand, induces non-selective cell death via DNA damage and cell cycle arrest.*

Chinese medicine classifies frankincense as a blood mover and pain reducer. Other studies show the benefits of frankincense for arthritis. It’s no wonder frankincense essential oil has been used medicinally for 5,000 years!*

Emotional benefits of frankincense essential oil

Frankincense essential oil has been used for centuries for meditation and spiritual enhancement–and for good reason. Frankincense balances the meridians associated with the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These glands strongly impact neurotransmitter and emotional health. They also filter information from our nervous system and create our perception of the world around us. A strong and balanced hypothalamus and pituitary connection makes the greatest impact on how we view and process our world. Want to change your world? Start with frankincense.*

Test frankincense essential oil to any of the following Body-Feedback areas:

  • Heart meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Small intestine meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Urinary bladder meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Kidney meridian Body-Feedback areas
  • Conception vessel Body-Feedback areas
  • Governing vessel Body-Feedback areas
  • Master Body-Feedback areas

*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA. The FDA regards Frankincense Essential Oil as generally safe for human consumption.

Always discuss with your medical doctor before using any alternative medicines, natural supplements, or vitamins. All information and content provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to substitute advice given by a pharmacist, physician, or other licensed health-care professional. This information is not intended to treat or diagnose a health problem or disease.

Frankincense essential oil research articles:

Study suggests that frankincense essential oil appears to distinguish cancerous from normal bladder cells and suppress cancer cell viability and represent an alternative intravesical agent for bladder cancer treatment and tumor cell cytotoxicity

[BMC Complementary and Alternative MedicineThe official journal of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR)20099:6 DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-9-6©  Frank et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2009 Received: 29 October 2008Accepted: 18 March 2009Published: 18 March 2009]


Recent study suggests that frankincense essential oil might be a useful alternative therapeutic agent for treating patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma, an aggressive cancer with poor prognosis and pancreatic cancer cell death

[Ni X, Suhail MM, Yang Q, Cao A, Fung KM, Postier RG, Woolley C, Young G, Zhang J, Lin HK. Frankincense essential oil prepared from hydrodistillation of Boswellia sacra gum resins induces human pancreatic cancer cell death in cultures and in a xenograft murine model. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2012 Dec 13;12:253. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-12-253. PubMed PMID: 23237355; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3538159.]


Study shows that frankincense essential oil consistently represses signaling pathways and cell cycle regulators that have been proposed as therapeutic targets for breast cancer and human breast cancer cells

[Suhail MM, Wu W, Cao A, Mondalek FG, Fung KM, Shih PT, Fang YT, Woolley C, Young G, Lin HK. Boswellia sacra essential oil induces tumor cell-specific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2011 Dec 15;11:129. doi: 10.1186/1472-6882-11-129. PubMed PMID: 22171782; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3258268.]


Recent study shows frankincense or 5-Loxin® reduces pain and improves physical functioning significantly in osteoarthritis patients; and it is safe for human consumption

[Arthritis Research & Therapy200810:R85 DOI: 10.1186/ar2461©  Sengupta et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008 Received: 24 November 2007Accepted: 30 July 2008Published: 30 July 2008]

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