Day 3: How to use Frankincense essential oil

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Day3 Frankincense Oil

Welcome back to Day 3 of the 14 Day Essential Oil Challenge!  Open up your Young Living Premium Starter kit and pull out that Frankincense. It’s time to learn! Don’t have a kit yet?  Click here to learn more!

Frankincense essential oil is steam-distilled from the gum/ resin of the Boswellia carterii trees found in the Middle East. Frankincense is mentioned 877 times in the recipes of the oldest known scientific record, the Ebers Papyrus, dating from the 16th century B.C.


  • Aromatically in your home diffuser or inhaling straight from the bottle
  • Topically; Apply 2-4 drops as needed. Dilution not required except on kids and babies
  • Dietary; use Frankincense Vitality oil

We all know the nativity story about how the three wise men brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the infant Jesus in the Bible. Have you ever wondered why those items were brought?  In his book Healing Oils of the Bible, Dr. David Stewart explains it SO well on page 153.  You should definitely check out the book, but I will summarize it for you here.

The wise men did not have to explain the use of frankincense and myrrh to Mary, just as the author of the story didn’t have to explain it to readers at the time. The reason? She and the readers would have already known that the two resins, or essential oils, of myrrh and frankincense have very powerful properties that would have been helpful for recovery in the days after birth and beyond.

She would have known that frankincense was burned in the holy temples as incense, though she might not have realized that the uplifting scent could help soothe and calm the emotions that bubble to the surface during those first months for a nursing mother and child. Later she might have used myrrh and frankincense to mix into a soothing balm that helped everything from her own stretch marks to the bumps and bruises of her growing little boy.

She would have known all of these things because every woman of her time knew these things. In fact, up until just the last century or so, the everyday uses of local herbs and plants was a common knowledge among people everywhere.  Plants and herbs were as common in their mommy-medicine chests as Neosporin and Band-aids are for us. Our modern generations may have forgotten about these ancient trees and plants, but thankfully they have not forgotten how to work for us. It didn’t have to be spelled out in a blog post for Mary.  She already knew.

I believe that frankincense and myrrh were not only a symbolic ‘gift of the Magi’ but also a very practical gift to help a lower-class young girl who didn’t have access to any medical care. For a poor family who gave birth in a stable, these expensive gifts were a very precious commodity indeed.  As for the gold?  Well who doesn’t love getting gift cards at a baby shower?

At the end of his life, Jesus’ body was prepare for burial with a mixture of myrrh and aloes and wrapped in a burial cloth according to Jewish customs (John 19:39).  Frankincense, myrrh and many other essential oils are frequently mentioned throughout the Bible because people used them regularly in a wide variety of ways.

If this historical topic interests you further, I highly recommend Dr. Stewart’s book as well as the Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture Kit from Young Living.  The kit contains frankincense along with 11 other oils mentioned frequently in the Bible.

These days, frankincense is making a major comeback. You can do a quick Google search of “frankincense research” and quickly see how scientific researchers are studying the chemical makeup of this resinous oil to discover how it might benefit us in the future.

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For this 14 Day Challenge, I want to give you some quick and easy ways to use Frankincense in your everyday life. Here are some good ways to get started.
How to use Frankincense oil everyday.

On Day 2 you learned a lot of uses for lavender oil, and those recipes typically go hand-in-hand with frankincense since they complement each other so well. While there are many similarities, frankincense is like the older, wiser grandmother of lavender.  She can do a lot of the exact same things, but she also brings a lot more to the table.  She’s the one you always want to have around when the going gets really tough. She’s like chicken soup for your soul.

Here are a few ways to use Frankincense in your everyday life:

As a Skin Soother:  While both lavender and frankincense are excellent for soothing the skin, frank has an added bonus of correcting fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Coconut oil + Frankincense is a daily anti-aging moisturizer. Frankincense mixed with lemon and a carrier oil makes a great skin-brightening serum to fade blemishes and dark spot. Or, mix up a skin soothing trio of lavender, frank and Melrose (you can substitute tea tree oil if you don’t have Melrose yet). This trio is a must-have around my house at all times, but especially in the winter months.  The recipe is over on Day 2’s post, so click here to check that out.

I used this recipe for years but I recently splurged on the Claraderm spray for my 8 year old son, and now he refuses to be without it. He sprays it onto his legs after his bath before bedtime all winter long. It keeps his dry, sensitive skin from becoming itchy, irritated and chapped.

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As a Mood-Lifter: Frankincense is regularly burned as an incense in many churches today, giving a nod to the wisdom of the ancient people who burned it in the temples as an offering to God.  You can diffuse Frankincense essential oil during your daily prayer, devotion, yoga or meditation to help with grounding and purpose.  It is an all around “feel-good” oil. It is a bad mood buster. It is a little bit of joy in a bottle. I like to diffuse a combination of Frankincense, Bergamot, and Orange to give me a burst of happiness throughout the day.  Diffuse it along with Northern Lights Black Spruce for a woodsy, earthy aroma that will make you feel like you’re on a nature hike without even leaving your house.

As an Immune Booster: Frank is especially powerful when combined with other resin-based oils such as Copaiba or Idaho Balsam Fir.  You can add five drops of each of these oils to a vegetable capsule and take internally as a quick pick-me-up for your immune system.  You can also diffuse this combination to get similar benefits.  It’s a favorite around my house as well.
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Here are my very favorite Young Living products that contain Frankincense (and there are lots more!)

  • ART Skin Care System
  • Boswellia Wrinkle Cream
  • Claraderm Spray (AMAZING)
  • Brain Power
  • Valor
  • Tender Tush
  • Cortistop
  • ImmuPower

I use most of these products daily. Like I said above, my son loves the Claraderm spray. For winter wellness, ImmuPower cannot be beat. Valor? Oh my goodness. Tender Tush is great for my daughter who is still in diapers. I could go on and on but this is a post about Frankincense. We will get to those later. 😉

I would LOVE to hear how you use Frankincense essential oil in your home for your family.  Please feel free to share in the comments!

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Oil Safety and Interactions:

Keep out of reach of children. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use. Flammable – do not use near open flame, heat, or sparks. Do not store above room temperature.
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