20 Frankincense Essential Oil Uses

Here are my favorite 20 Frankincense Essential Oil Uses!  Frankincense Essential Oil is great for making your own toothpaste, boosting your immune system, relieving tooth pain, and can even help reduce stretch marks!  Plus 10 reasons you need to start using essential oils today!

20 Frankincense Essential Oil Uses

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has long been known as the gift of kings – such as the 3 wise men who are said to have delivered it to a babe in a manger many years ago.  It has many benefits, so I wanted to share some of my favorites with you. Frankincense can be used topically or aromatically.  The easiest way to use it is in a diffuser.  There are super simple to set up – just add some water, a few drops of oil, and plug it in!

Internal use of essential oils has become extremely popular and due to my research, is no longer something I feel okay promoting.  I like to err on the side of caution when it comes to matters of safety. Therefore, I can't recommend any of the internal uses, unless you are under the care of a trained aromatherapist. An MLM consultant does not receive that kind of training, unless they search for it on their own (like I am doing).  Instead, I am sharing with you some of the many frankincense essential oil uses I feel are safe and great additions to your routine.

Frankincense Essential Oil Uses

  1. Anti-inflammatory: Massage into joints or affected area, for general inflammation diffuse.
  2. Balance hormones: Inhale straight from bottle, diffuse, or add a few drops to your collar.
  3. Autism: Frankincense is believe by many to help Autism. It is useful in easing hyperactivity, leveling emotions, as well as improving concentration. It is NOT a cure, but I have noticed a difference in my son's frustration level on days we diffuse Frankincense compared to the days we do not. Anything that makes him feel less frustrated without nasty side effects is amazing, in my book!
  4. Concentration: Rub oil on back of neck and temples to improve focus.
  5. Natural toothpaste: Combine Frankincense, coconut oil, and baking soda to make your own chemical-free toothpaste.
  6. Stretch Marks: Rub directly onto stretch marks several times a day to reduce visibility.  This is one of my favorite frankincense essential oil uses after having 4 kids!
  7. Restless legs: Soak in a bath of Frankincense, Lavender, Clary Sage, and Ylang Ylang or combine them into your favorite cream to get relief.
  8. Alzheimer's: Rub onto the bottom of feet and back of the neck, diffuse throughout the room.
  9. Tooth pain: Massage directly onto gum near the source of pain for abscess, painful gums, and tooth grinding.
  10. Seizures: Inhalation and apply oil directly to neck has been known to stop seizures right in their tracks.
  11. Cancer: I am reluctant to put this one, because of a lack of conclusive studies on the subject. Frankincense & Myrrh Oil has been shown to reduce the size of tumors in mice and many people report positive results.  Because Frankincense supports a healthy immune system, it would be worth diffusing regularly, in my opinion, as long as your primary care physician does not believe it would interact with your existing cancer treatments.
  12. Blood Pressure: Rub oil all over the bottom of feet at least once a day to aid in reducing blood pressure, Ylang Ylang and Helichrysum can also be used in combination with Frankincense oil.
  13. Immune booster: Diffuse daily, especially during cold and flu season.
  14. Anti-Aging: Massage into face daily, move in an upward direction.
  15. Improve Digestion: Mix with a carrier oil and rub on your abdomen.
  16. Wart Removal: Apply a drop to wart 3-4 times per day until gone.
  17. Natural Sedative: Diffuse into the air and apply to temples and back of neck for a soothing effect.
  18. Eczema: Mix with shea butter and coconut oil to create a thick and healing cream, apply as needed to affected skin.
  19. Pain Relief: Combine with a carrier oil and rub on the sore area.
  20. Endometriosis: Rub along with Clary Sage over abdomen to help alleviate the pain associated with this condition.  For may women, this is one of their favorite frankincense essential oil uses as it can really help make that time of the month easier to manage.

Want to learn more about how to use essential oils safely? Robert Tisserand (founder of the Tisserand Institute) and Rodney Young wrote Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals that address over 400 essential oils, how to use them safely, proper dilution guidelines (how much they need to be diluted for topical use) and more!

What are your favorite frankincense essential oil uses? Do you have a use that is not listed here? Share it with us!

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  1. Melissa Brandt says:

    Good Morning Savannah. I’m looking at your “recipe” for the restless leg syndrome. How much of each oil do you suggest to put into my cream for each daily application? Thank you. Melissa

    • If mixing into an 8 oz jar of cream, I would use 2 drops of each. If it is a smaller jar, I would only use one drop.

  2. For Anti-aging do you put it on at night before bedtime? If you are acne prone, does it affect that?

    • Yes, I would apply it before bedtime after washing your face for the night. If you are acne prone, I would spot test to see if it causes a flare or not. There are so many causes of acne that it’s hard to tell if it would trigger it or not.

  3. My 8 year old son had a seizure earlier this summer. His first, and I pray his last! I’m looking to prevent another. 1 drop of Frankincense on the back of the neck? In the morning, at night, both? I also noticed that you mentioned you can use it for focus. If I want to diffuse it would you suggest diffusing it at night for the next day at school? Or have a diffuser set up in the breakfast area the morning of? Or rub it on directly and not diffuse it? Thanks!

    • Savanah says:

      I’m so sorry. Seizures are just horrible to witness. From everything I’ve read (my son hasn’t had one since I started researching frankincense for seizures), it’s 1 drop on the back of the neck (mixed with a drop of a carrier oil) as soon as the seizure starts.

      For focus, you can do it in a diffuser about 30 minutes in the morning or topically, with a carrier oil.

  4. For the natural toothpaste, how much of each ingredient do you use, and can I use a carrier coconut oil instead of the one that gets hard?

    • I’ve actually switch away from baking soda and make my own using betonite clay now. I’ve never tried using fractionated coconut oil for toothpaste, so I can’t answer that. My current recipe is this one but I use Frankincense instead of the tea tree oil.

      The old recipe I used was 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted), 5 drops frankincense EO, but my kids refused to use it. They love the new recipe though!

  5. Marian Coombs says:

    Just ran across your website and I love the 20 uses for….! These are great go-by’s as I am a fairly new user and mixer.

    Thank You!

  6. Gillian says:

    I read about using this oil to reduce symptoms of autism. I will try it on my two aspies.

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