Essential Oil Spotlight: Frankincense

Hi friends!

Have you ever wanted to get into essential oils but aren’t quite sure where to start or where to find information? That’s how I felt about a year ago before diving into the magical world of oils! There are so many resources out there and dozens of essential oil companies that this whole thing can be pretty confusing! I’m writing this with hope that I may be able to help you ease into your essential oil practice. My goal is to simplify this information so that you feel like you’re able to digest everything fully, but so that you also feel very confident in your knowledge of different oils.

Today, I’m showcasing my favorite essential oil – Frankincense! Frankincense is an oil that I think everyone needs to have in their oil kit because it’s so versatile, yet so perfect for everyone!

Frankincense is one of the most versatile oils. You can add it to almost any essential oil recipe and it will positively impact your health. Here are some of the most well-known benefits:

  • Calming
  • Restorative
  • Meditative
  • Promotes healthy skin and cell production
  • Repairs aged or damaged skin
  • Eases tension
  • Soothes inflammation
  • Soothes anxiety
  • Grounding aroma
  • Increases focus
  • Improves digestive health
  • Natural pain killer
  • Treats and prevents fungus and infections
  • Improves cold, cough, bronchitis, and laryngitis symptoms
  • Is considered a diuretic
  • Promotes balanced emotions
  • Menstrual support
  • Heals wounds, scars and stretch marks

As you can see, frankincense has SO many great benefits! Here are a few ways you can use it:

  • Use during a yoga practice
  • Great for massage
  • Wonderful for diffusing into the air
  • Great for meditation
  • An amazing addition to skincare products for many skin types
  • Headache relief and prevention
  • Joint and muscle pain relief
  • Perfect for centering the mind and thoughts
  • Add to the bath for a relaxing soak
  • Use with a compress for stiff and painful muscles and joints

In my opinion, one of the hardest parts about using essential oils is knowing what oils blend well together. Some scents work great together, while others clash, just like some benefits work well together, and others are counter-productive. Here are some oils that blend well with frankincense:

  • Bay
  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Camphor
  • Caraway
  • Cassia
  • Cedarwood
  • Chamomile (German)
  • Cinnamon
  • Clary Sage
  • Coriander
  • Cypress
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Mandarin
  • Myrrh
  • Neroli
  • Orange
  • Palmarosa
  • Patchouli
  • Pine
  • Rose
  • Rosemary
  • Sandalwood
  • Spikenard
  • Vetiver
  • Ylang-ylang

Although essential oils can be so healing and grounding, there are definitely things to take into consideration before using each oil. Here are a list of precautions to think about before using frankincense essential oil:

  • Pregnant women should avoid using frankincense because it is known to stimulate menstrual flow.

If you’re looking for some recipe inspo, here are a few recipes I’ve created (both for my own blog and for the Simply Earth blog) that include frankincense. I’ll continue to update this list as I create more recipes that feature this amazing oil!

I hope I’ve helped you understand a bit more about frankincense essential oil! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me (my email is naturallyariblog@gmail.com).

What other oils would you like to learn more about?

Naturally,

Ari

** I am not yet a certified aromatherapist. All content has been retrieved from reputable and reliable sources that have been listed below. This post also contains affiliate links that I may receive monetary compensation from.**

Resources:

Butje, Andrea. “Frankincense Essential Oil.” The Aromahead Blog. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 May 2017.

Butje, Andrea. “Why do we love Frankincense essential oil?” The Aromahead Blog. N.p., 30 Oct. 2014. Web. 08 May 2017.

Essential Oils Natural Remedies. New York: Fall River Press, 2015. Print. The Complete A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing

“Frankincense Essential Oil.” Simply Earth. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 May 2017.

 

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