Woodsy and sweetly aromatic, frankincense is one of those essential oils I like to reserve for special occasions. It is intensely relaxing and has a heavy, exotic aroma that helps the body and mind to really settle into the present moment.

It’s why I find that diffusing a few drops in a diffuser while I meditate or enjoy an early morning tea ceremony is a great way to feel calm and collected. I really like using frankincense when I feel like I need to just surrender. I also find inhaling the aroma is a really easy way for me to be able to remain in meditation.

As it is so difficult to source and hard to find, frankincense essential oil (scientific name: Boswellia) is one of the world’s most expensive essential oils. When you’re using this oil, treat it with the reverence it deserves. In Biblical times, Frankincense was worth the same or more than gold.

The scarcity of frankincense is why doTERRA’s co-impact sourcing programme exists because this ensures the company only supports ethically harvested frankincense. It also funds research into the harvesting of frankincense globally and how we can better protect these Precious trees. That is why I encourage you to use this gold-like oil mindfully and responsibly. Choose your oils from a quality source so that you know the local harvesters who collect the gum that the oil is made from are being supported to harvest sustainably, receive a fair wage and have good working conditions.

Here’s a bit more interesting information about frankincense essential oil.

Frankincense essential oil is particularly well-known for its soothing and rejuvenating properties and is a particularly useful oil for those who suffer from skin irritations

What is frankincense essential oil?

Frankincense oil is extracted from a resinous gum produced by the Boswellia tree. To collect frankincense, wild-crafters make incisions into the trunks and scrape out the oozing sap, which hardens into frankincense resin. This is then extracted by local distillers into essential oil using steam.

Where does frankincense come from?

Interestingly, frankincense has been a popular commodity for almost 5,000 years.  Most frankincense comes from about five species of such trees, found in North Africa and India, but also in Oman, Yemen, and western Africa. The Romans and Egyptians used frankincense for making perfumes and today, thousands of tons of it are traded every year to be used as incense and by makers of perfumes, natural medicines, and essential oils.

The reason frankincense is considered to be the King of oils is because of its terpene content, in particular because of the fact that it contains the a-pinene and p-pinene. This is what ensures the effectiveness of frankincense as a tool for improving external and internal cellular turnover.

What are the benefits of using frankincense essential oil?

Frankincense oil is particularly well-known for its ability to promote feelings of peace, relaxation and satisfaction. It can also be diluted in a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, and applied externally to reduce the appearance of any skin imperfections. This makes it a particularly useful oil for those who suffer from psoriasis, eczema and other skin irritations.

In the diffuser, it can be used for spiritual and meditative practices, such as yoga and meditation. It combines well with floral essential oils, such as lavender and geranium, and citrus oils, such as wild orange oil.


Pete’s five favourite ways to use frankincense essential oil

  • 01

    Soothing aromatherapy
    Add five drops of frankincense oil, two drops of lavender oil and one drop of wild orange oil to an essential oil diffuser – perfect for any contemplation time.

  • 02

    Relieve neck and shoulder tension
    Dilute two drops of frankincense oil in a carrier oil, such as fractionated coconut oil, and rub around the neck and shoulder area to relieve tension.

  • 03

    Face oil
    Dilute one to two drops of frankincense into your face oil to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.

  • 04

    DIY Clay mask
    For a spa facial at home, use frankincense oil and bentonite clay with some honey and ACV.

  • 05

    Soothe sore hands
    Rub a couple of drops on your hands after gardening to warm and soothe.

Want to use frankincense essential oil to support healthy living?

Health Disclaimer

Consistent with Australian and New Zealand regulations, doTERRA nor Pete Evans recommend its essential oils for internal medicinal use. Although extremely rare, reactions to essential oils occasionally arise. If a reaction occurs, it is important that the individual discontinue use of essential oils and consult with a physician.

doTERRA’s rate of adverse reactions is approximately .01 percent and doTERRA labels its products to help customers avoid any potential issues, no matter how rare. There is also additional education and training provided on the doTERRA website, in printed materials, and through in-person events.