No doubt about it—Frankincense oil is one of the best skin care essential oils.
This is particularly the case for mature and aging skin, because Frankincense helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles.
It is a very grounding essential oil, which makes it wonderful to use in meditation and yoga. (Especially to support breathing.) Frankincense is also good to use in a warming massage to help with muscle tension.
Frankincense oil for wrinkles
Here’s a quick-to-make face oil that you can use nightly to help with the appearance of wrinkles: To 30 ml of a carrier oil like jojoba, add two drops of Frankincense oil, two drops of Lavender, one drop of Myrrh and one drop of Geranium.
Frankincense oil for face and skin
Try this clay mask recipe from doTERRA.
- Two teaspoons bentonite clay
- Two teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- One drop Frankincense
- One drop Lavender
- One drop Tea Tree oil
Frankincense oil for acne
Frankincense essential oil is a great first defense against breakouts and spots. It’s also good for keeping pores open in the first place.
Frankincense oil for age spots
Apply a Frankincense roller to affected areas twice a day.
A closer look
Frankincense is a small, woody tree that is steam-distilled for its resin. It has been used as incense for centuries—especially in religious practices and ceremonies—and has an earthy, warm, balsamic aroma.
Frankincense is a base note that can add a grounding aroma to any blend. It is a calming oil that is used widely in meditation and yoga since it is known to deepen the breath.
Depending on where it’s grown, as well as the particular variety of plant, the chemical composition of Frankincense oil can vary. For example, doTERRA’s Frankincense is particularly high in a chemical compound called monoterpenes, which means it has more antibacterial properties than some other brands of Frankincense essential oil.
Generally, the oil is used to support the respiratory and nervous systems and the skin.
There are usually no precautions when using Frankincense, although it can be a skin irritant if the oil is exposed to air and oxidizes.
Blends and blending
Frankincense blends well with: Bergamot, Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Coriander, Cypress, Geranium, Grapefruit, Immortelle, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, Sandalwood, Wild Orange and Ylang Ylang
Quick and Easy
These doTERRA blends contain Frankincense oil:
- Balance – a grounding blend that promotes tranquility and balance
- Console – a comforting blend that counteracts negative emotions of grief, sadness, and hopelessness
- Hope – an uplifting blend with a bright, fresh scent
- Peace – an emotional blend to help with feelings of anxiety and fear
- Immortelle – a skin blend to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and promote more radiant, youthful-looking skin
- InTune – a blend that promotes focus, concentration, and clarity
- PastTense – a fresh and cooling blend to help soothe tension and promote a sense of calm
Soothing salve: Make this rich, easy-to-customize salve and add Frankincense or any other oil.
Facial Mask for dry, mature skin: Mix 1 tsp plain yogurt, 2 tsp honey, and the contents of one vitamin E capsule. Add one tsp oat flour or enough to give it the consistency you want. Add one drop Frankincense, 1 drop Geranium and one drop Myrrh and mix well. Smooth onto face and leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Stress relief diffuser blend: Three drops of Frankincense, two drops of Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana), three drops of Wild Orange, and two drops of Bergamot.
What is frankincense oil used for?
Frankincense is most commonly used for skin care, especially for mature skin, and for emotional and respiratory support.
What are some common benefits of frankincense oil?
Frankincense is known to reduce the appearance of skin blemishes and wrinkles and to promote calm and peace.
How do you take frankincense?
Frankincense is best used in topical blends for skin, or in diffuser blends.
What is frankincense resin? Is it the same as frankincense essential oil?
Essential oils will always be identified as 100% pure essential oil on their bottles. They are steam distilled from the resin, but if the bottle is not labeled as 100% pure, it is not an essential oil.
Does frankincense oil have side effects?
When used in a diffuser or added to a body blend, Frankincense is usually non-irritating and non-toxic, although it can cause skin irritations if it oxidizes.