Frankincense – Boswellia carteri

Frankincense has a warm, rich and woodsy aroma.  I love to add Frankincense to my skin care products. It is excellent for my dry, aging skin and it helps to reduce scar tissue.

It blends well with Rose and Lavender for skin care blends.  I use a 1% dilution on my face, my preference is 1 ounce of Argan Oil with 3 drops of Frankincense and 3 drops of Lavender, but you can create a blend – that is just yours!

The biggest reason I use Frankincense if for my lungs – it really helps calm both my emotions and my lungs – People who suffer from asthma or any chronic respiratory conditions can really benefit from using Frankincense – I like to use it in a variety of ways – in my face wash with Argan oil, in lotion that I apply to my chest and arms, straight from the bottle, a sniff at a time. 🙂

It is a base note and the chemical family is mostly monoterpenes. Therapeutically, it is suggested to be anti-inflammatory, analgesic, cicatrisant, antioxidant, and an immunostimulant.

The essential oil that I have is from Somaliland and is wildcrafted. The essential oil is steam distilled from the resin or gum.

It is a member of the Burseaceae family.

Emotional and Energetic Qualities

Supports reflection and introspection, calming
Encourages emotional healing on all levels
Quiets the mind, supports prayer and meditation
Supports focused attention and tranquility, I like to think  Frankincense helps me with the “going inwards”

Safety: Generally considered safe, non-toxic, and usually non-irritating. If you have sensitive skin or if the oil is old and oxidized – it can be skin irritating.

Shelf life is about 2-3 years, if cared for and stored well.

As always, check with your physician before using any essential oil or natural supplement.


Battaglia, S. (2012). The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. Brisbane: The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy.

Cantele, N. P. (2014). The Complete Aromatherapy and Essential Oils Handbook For Everyday Wellness. Toronto: Robert Rose Inc.

Joni Keim, R. B. (2008). Daily Aromatherapy, Transforming the Seasons of Your life with Aromatherapy. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.

Robert Tisserand, R. Y. (2014). Essential Oil Safety. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

Gabriel Mojay – Healing the Spirit is a great book:

There are many types of Frankincense – my preference is carteri – that is why it is so helpful to know the Latin names – it matters from a therapeutic relationship.

Plant therapy 30 ml – Carteri essential oil – follow this link:

Plant therapy 10 ml –

or you can stop by my shop and take a look

Anointing oil

I love to create anointing oil that I use in my work – I use 2 drops of Frankincense and 1 drop of Myrrh – so in one ounce I may use 4 Frankincense and 2 Myrrh – that is a 1% dilution. Gentle but effective.


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