How to Use Frankincense Essential Oil

Regular and Sacred Frankincense

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 most significant 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 works and tests best using Body-Feedback muscle testing for cycling women in the first half of a menstrual cycle. Testosterone in the first half of a menstrual cycle will balance estrogen dominance. Symptoms that indicate testosterone could be helpful include 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 works and tests best using Body-Feedback muscle testing best for cycling women during the second half of the menstrual cycle. By calming the body’s stress response, sacred frankincense naturally supports progesterone and pregnenolone reserves. Sacred frankincense tests well for men of all ages who feel anxious, find their minds race, or need to relax more.*

Physical benefits of frankincense essential oil

Both regular and sacred frankincense essential oils exhibit unique adaptogenic properties. Because of this ability to adapt their benefits to what is needed at any given time, they have earned them the title of, “The oil of forgiveness.” Meaning that if you find, after applying a particular oil or blend, it just doesn’t feel right or it didn’t test as well as you initially 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.*

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.*

Both types of frankincense are beneficial for the skin and can be added to organic moisturizers, facial serums. and lotions. If you are a cycling woman, using equal parts of sacred frankincense, regular frankincense, ylang ylang, and copaiba will allow the blend to adapt to the changing hormones all cycle long.*

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!*

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Emotional benefits of frankincense essential oil

Frankincense essential oil has been used for centuries for meditation and spiritual enhancement–and for a 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 balanced and robust hypothalamus and pituitary connection make the most significant impact on how we view and process our world. Want to change your world? Start with frankincense.*

Releasing stress and conflict from the day before going to bed can help you clear your mind so your spirit can rest during the night. Diffusing a few drops of frankincense as you go to sleep along with a forgiveness affirmation can help you leave the past behind. By forgiving yourself for anything you could have handled better and forgiving others, naming each person you interacted with during the day, for anything they could have handled better, you create a clean slate each day from which to live an empowering and fulfilled life.*

*Statements in this paragraph have not been evaluated by the FDA.

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:

A 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]


A recent study suggests that frankincense essential oil might be a useful alternative therapeutic agent for treating patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma, 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.]


A 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.]


A 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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