Lesson 16: Essential Oil – Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

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Leiann’s Video

Brenda’s Video

YouTube Videos

Required Reading

Foundational Aromatherapy pages 97-98


Elderly Lesson 4 Oils: Frankincense, Boswellia carteriFrankincense is highly desired by most people. Qualities of this oil are; strengthening the respiratory system, rejuvenating the skin, and being anti-tumoral. It has the unique ability to pass the blood-brain barrier, adding both physically and emotionally. Frankincense is hugely beneficial for strengthening the immune system.

Safety Notes

➢ Non-toxic, non-irritating, and non-sensitizing

Tried and True Uses

✓ Inhale several times a day to heal and balance emotions in times of depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and trauma.

✓ It can been very helpful to those with autistic tendencies.

✓ Added to a chest rub it can help relieve asthma.

✓ Balances the cardio-respiratory system.

✓ Used in a face cream with Lavender it reduces scarring and signs of aging.

How Do I Use It?

myrrh4SOAK IN THE TUB – Mix 3-5 drops in 1⁄4 cup unscented Dead Sea Salts, milk, powdered milk, or coconut milk. Swish in bath; soak twenty minutes.

IT’S IN THE AIR – Diffuse 3-5 drops for fifteen minute intervals every two hours during the day.

BREATH IN, BREATH OUT – Put 1-2 drops on tissue or cotton ball inhale directly or put in pillow case. Or 1-2 drops in palm of hands, rub together, cup hands over mouth and nose without touching face, and inhale.

RUB IT IN – Add 4-6 drops in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil or lotion,  massage into areas needing relief.

RUB IT ON – Add 1-2 drops to 2-3 drops of carrier oil on bottom of each foot. For scars, 1-2 drops rubbed over area or add to a carrier or skin cream and gently rub on area. Add 1-2 drops in 2-3 drops of carrier apply directly on joints for relief of inflammation.

  • Antidepressant – alleviates depression
  • Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
  • Antiseptic – assists in fighting germs and infections
  • Antispasmodic – relieves spasms
  • Carminative – relieves intestinal gas pain
  • Cicatrisant – promotes wound and scar healing
  • Diuretic – increases urine production, rids excess fluid
  • Expectorant – promotes discharge of mucus or phlegm from chest and lungs
  • Sedative – tranquilizes activity of body part.
  • Toner – nourishing, supportive, strengthening
Key Emotions:

Healing, Honoring, Introspective, Reflecting and Generous

Key Body Systems:

Circulatory, Immune, Respiratory, Nervous, and Skeletal

Technical Data:

frankincensePRODUCING ORGAN: resin

EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distillation


Main Chemical Families:

MONOTERPENES – decongestive to the muscular and respiratory systems, warming, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, air purifier

MONOTERPENOLS – prevents infections, immune stimulant, emotional balancer, healing to the skin

SESQUITERPENES – anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic

SESQUITERPENES – anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, antibacterial, antiseptic, antispasmodic

Botanical Family: 

BURSERACEAE – wound healer, reduces scar tissue, relieves respiratory illnesses

User Experience

A friend started using Frankincense regularly and found that she responded well to it.Also, she is now gaining weight (which for her is a good thing)! Also, my husband sustained an injury a few years back and has noticed improvement in scar tissue on his legs from using Frankincense! I take pics almost weekly of the progress on his legs, so I will have before and after photos. The skin of the scar tissue sometimes breaks. Whenever that happens, he has been applying  oil ,as well as a spray made with Tea Tree and Lavender. I really think the oils have prevented serious infections.

Nancy P.


*DISCLAIMER: This information is provided for educational purposes only, not to treat, cure, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition, or prescribe in any way. The data presented here may not be complete or fully accurate. As with all essential oils, do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.

*SAFETY WARNING: If applying an essential oil to skin, always perform a small patch test by properly diluting the oil in an appropriate carrier oil and applying to an insensitive part of the body, such as inside of elbow. Use vegetable or milk to remove any essential oils causing irritation. Always keep essential oils and blends away from children. To slow oxidation and protect shelf life, store in a cool, dark place with lids tightly secured. Never put oils in the ear canal or eyes.

(Passport to Aromatherapy pages 64-65)

Additional Reading

History Channel Stories – A Wise Man’s Cure: Frankincense and Myrrh

Wiki Page on Frankincense