Frankincense Essential Oil: Properties, Uses, Composition and Safety

Oil Name: Frankincense Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Boswellia carterii

Oil Overview

Frankincense essential oil has a woody, spicy, haunting smell, a little bit camphoric, but very pleasant. It is pale yellow-green in color.

Oil Sources

It originated in the Middle-East and Ethopia and it is extracted using steam distillation process from the oleo gum resin.

Essential or Carrier Oil?

Essential Oil

Chemical Content

A-pinene, actanol, linalool, octyl acetate, bornyl acetate, incensole and incensyl acetate.


Medicinal/Camphorous, Spicy, Woodsy

Therapeutic Properties:

Antiseptic, Astringent, Carminative, Cicatrisant, Cytophylactic, Digestive, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Sedative, Tonic, Uterine, Vulnerary

Possible Uses

Asthma, Bronchitis, Carbuncles, Colds and Flu, Coldness (Physical and Emotional), Coughs, Depression, Fear, Menstrual Pain, Nervous Exhaustion, Nervous Tension, Nervousness, Respiration, Skin Sores, Stress, Tension, Urinary Tract Infections., Wounds



Detail of Warnings

Frankincense essential oil is non-toxic and non-irritant and could be used by most people.

Compatible Combination Oils

Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Coriander, Geranium, Ginger


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