Broadly perceived to promote general well-being, this exotic and illustrious essence with its evocative, mysterious and sweet-balsamic undertones has been seen as a symbol of The Devine and an emblem of prayer for thousands of years.

As a highly prized and a highly sought after commodity, Frankincense has been an object of trade for over 4000 years and its value was even likened to that of gold. The use of Frankincense has pervasive ties to some of the greatest ancient cultures in history.

In ancient Judaism, Frankincense was viewed as sacred for use during holy ceremonies while the Ancient Egyptians used it in the embalming process during mummification, to fumigate the ill, as an insecticide and also during religious occasions. In ancient Greek and Roman history, Frankincense was also an integral part of their culture, used in medicinal practices as well as revered as a holy perfume burned as incense during mass.

In the Hindu art of healing, Ayurvedic medicine, Frankincense has been used for hundreds of years for treating arthritis, healing wounds and strengthening the female hormone system.

Modern day medicine has taken its cue from Ayurvedic practice where Frankincense has showed some promising results in clinical trials for treatment of arthritis whereby patients experienced a decrease in inflammation and a significant reduction of many other symptoms.

Where Does Frankincense Oil Come From?

There are four main species of the Boswellia tree that produce Frankincense. The bark of the tree is lashed and over a period of weeks a hard and aromatic oleo gum resin called ‘tears’ form. These tears are then collected and Frankincense oil is produced by means of steam distillation.

Derived from the old French ‘franc encens’ and also known as ‘olibanum’, the plant is renowned for its ability to grow and withstand exceedingly harsh and unforgiving environments.

Therapeutic Uses

Health Uses

  • To help ease congestion and headaches caused by blocked sinuses and head colds, add 4-6 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil and 4 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil to a bowl of boiling water and drape a towel over your head. With deep breaths, slowly inhale in the vapour; be careful to keep a safe distance as not to burn yourself with the steam.
  • Frankincense Essential Oil can be used to promote relaxation and facilitate a restful night’s sleep by adding 3 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil, 3 drops Lavender Essential Oil and 1 drop of Cedarwood Essential Oil to 65 millilitres of Sweet Almond Oil. Add a tablespoon of this mixture to a hot bath just before bedtime. Store in a dark bottle, in a cool area.
  • For a deep muscle-rub for the relief of achy, stiff or sore muscles combine 4 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil, 1 drop of Black Pepper Essential Oil, 3 Drops of Ginger Essential and Oil 5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil with 10 millilitres of a carrier oil such as Apricot Kernel Oil. Rub slowly and firmly over the affected area.
  • Frankincense can be used to effectively repel insects and at the same time can be used to disinfect and clean surfaces. Add 10 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil and 10 drops of Lemon Essential Oil to a spray bottle filled with 120 millilitres of water. Use to wipe down doors and windowsills where insects might enter as well as surfaces and furniture.

Home Uses

  • For a purifying and disinfecting general surface spray mix 12 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil, 10 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil and 8 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil into a spray bottle with 125 millilitres of distilled water. Shake well before every use. Spray liberally onto surfaces and wipe down with a clean cloth, not only will this safely clean and sterilise, but it will leave behind a beautifully refreshing smell too.
  • Natural and organic cleaning products are always the better option, and creating your own at home is as simple as it is safe. For an effective all purpose cleaner add 10 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil and 15 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil in a bucket filled with 500 millilitres of warm water. Add 125 millilitres of vinegar and use as you would a standard all purpose cleaner.

Caution: Because essential oils are concentrated, highly potent substances, dilute properly and never use undiluted on the skin. Avoid eyes and mucous membranes. Overuse may cause nausea and/or skin irritation. Should you be pregnant or breast feeding, avoid using as a precaution.

Disclaimer: We are not medically trained in any way; if you suffer from a medical condition, please consult your doctor or homeopath.


Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in South Africa in an area called the Swartland (Black Land). I live on a small holding (Homestead) and I am a full time house wife with one husband (yes, only one), one son, one dog, a few sheep and plenty of chickens. Living as natural as possible is a passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I tend to post healthy food recipes, green tips and information on natural and organic and natural living.