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Frankincense Essential Oil Uses

Frankincense brings up exotic thoughts of India, sand, incense and perfume. The resin has historically been burned as an incense for many types of ceremonies from the ancient Egyptians 5,000 years ago, to the Catholic church in more recent times. It is also a valuable base for cosmetics and fragrances. The scent has warm, sweet resin notes.

Our Frankincense Essential Oils vary in price because each is a different variety of Frankincense. All three share similar beneficial properties, while the main difference lies in the strength and potency of the properties which are determined by their chemical constituents.

  • Frankincense, Carterii’s aroma is like the other varieties being balsamic, rich, warm, slightly spicy, sweet, and woody but also has a slightly citrusy top note.

  • Frankincense, Sacred’s aroma is like the other varieties being balsamic, rich, warm, slightly spicy, sweet, and woody with its sweet woodiness standing out most. Frankincense, Sacred is regarded as the most therapeutic and highly sought-after Frankincense oils in the world.

  • Frankincense Serrata’s aroma is like the other varieties being balsamic, rich, warm, slightly spicy, sweet, and woody but has more earthy notes.

Many believe Carterii and Serrata are the same because the seeds that are planted are identical. However, depending on the geographical area and climate in which they are grown, combined with the pH level of the soil and other growing factors, the resulting plant is strikingly different. Truly, two distinct species of Frankincense are born from the same seed. All three varieties of Frankincense that we provide allow for a diversity of strength and potency comfortable for varying price points.

Combines Well With:

Sandalwood, Pine, Vetiver, Geranium, Lavender, Bergamot, Basil, Clove Bud, Orange, Red Mandarin, Cinnamon Bark, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, Cypress, Juniper Berry, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose

About Frankincense

  • Part of our Wellness collection.
  • You can combine it with a few spice oils to create a holiday fragrance to diffuse. Open the bottles and smell them together to see how you like the scent before you mix them.
  • It is one of the finest oils for ritual use.
  • One of the important oils used for skin care. Works well will all skin types.
  • Frankincense can be used in a diffuser, bath, massage and applied to the body.


Here are a few recipes involving Frankincense. Use these as a starting point to give you ideas on how to come up with your own that are uniquely suited to you. You can use any of the Frankincense oils we have for these blends. *Please note: With any recipe's involving bath or massage blends, always test on a small part of your skin first before using all over your body. Please be sure your skin can handle the blend before being covered in it.

Revitalizing Facial Moisturizer

Mix all ingredients together and store in a dark-colored, glass bottle. Massage 1 teaspoon to cleansed face.


Diffuse when you need some time to be calm.

Dry Hands Night Oil

Use at night before going to bed. Apply mixture generously over hands. Massage thoroughly. Put on a pair of 100% cotton gloves and wear overnight. In morning, massage hands thoroughly once again before washing.

Sensual Massage

Mix all ingredients in a 2 ounce, dark-colored glass bottle. Use to enhance the connection between you and your partner.

Stimulate the Mind

Melt shea butter. Stir in F.C.O. and while cooling, add essential oils. Stir well, add to container and allow to cool completely. Close lid tightly and label. Massage into neck and shoulders while studying, in the morning before school or work, or anytime you need mental stimulation.

Other Suggestions

Here is what our friends have said about Frankincense on facebook:

  • " I massage it into my neck and shoulders. It is a comforting scent for me when I can't sleep."
  • "I mix it in my moisturizing cream every morning."
  • "I also mix Frankincense with Orange & Turmeric, twice a day."


How do you like to use Frankincense? Which of our three oils is your favorite and why? It's an incredible oil. Please share with us in the comment section at the bottom of the page! Everyone would like to know.