In my last post, I discussed some of the medical research that has been undertaken on Frankincense. This week I want to outline some of the ways in which Frankincense has been, and is being, used.

The Essential Oils Desk Reference lists the medical properties of Frankincense as being anti-tumoral, immuno-stimulant, antidepressant and muscle relaxing. [1] We also know that this essential oil is beneficial to the health of the skin, having been used for this purpose (along with such oils as Myrrh, Sandalwood, Geranium, Rosewood and Roman Chamomile) throughout recorded history. [2]

Not surprisingly, when I did a search on Frankincense on the site Essential Oil Testimonials, I found that skin cancers, tumours and numerous skin ailments cropped up as the most common uses for Frankincense. I also found Frankincense being successfully used for mental illnesses such as depression and bi-polar. How does Frankincense work in the body to be able to do all these things you may ask?

Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes, molecules capable of penetrating the blood/brain barrier, which renders it capable of stimulating the limbic part of the brain (Incidentally this is the centre of memory and emotions), the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. The Hypothalamus in turn, is the master gland of the body which produces many of hormones such as thyroid and growth hormone.

The following are some of the testimonials I found on Essential Oil Testimonials:

Frankincense used on skin cancer
Carol Boczarski
Acworth, GA, United States
A dear friend of mine was caring for an elderly lady who had a patch of
skin cancer on her face. When she applied a high quality, therapeutic grade
essential oil of Frankincense (she had tried a cheap brand of Frankincense
prior), the spot on her face cleared up and healed within 2 days.”

Frankincense for skin cancer on face
Darlene Cox
Stuart, Fl, United States
I deliver mail in the hot Florida sun, and from that I get small skin
cancers, on the right side of my face. I used frankincense on it every morning
and night for a week, and it was gone. Yes it comes back every now and
then, but that is to be expected, doing what I do to make a living. As long
as there are oils to treat just about anything and everything, I will
continue to deliver that mail! Thanks to all, I do like reading other

Got rid of warts with Frankincense

Joanna Manoff   
Santa Cruz, CA, United States
”I used Frankincense to get rid of my huge plantar wart on my foot. My doctor tried to burn it off two different times and was unsuccessful. And, it cost me $300 out of pocket.
I put one drop of Young Living’s Frankincense on my wart almost every night and sometimes in the morning for about 3 weeks. It had started to shrink but not yet gone away when I ran out of my Frankincense. I did not put any more of the oil on my wart and yet it continued to disappear completely over the next few weeks. I cannot even tell it was ever there now. I am currently using the same technique to take a wart off my young daughter’s thumb. The wart is responding and is starting to go away. She is having no discomfort with this treatment and Frankincense helps uplift her attitude.
Hope it works for you too.”

Frankincense on feet for depression

Carolyn Arkison   
Broken Arrow, OK, United States
For many years my beautiful daughter had struggled with depression. After taking Lexapro, Adderol, etc. for years, she had had enough with the pharmaceutical roller coaster. I suggested she attempt putting Frankincense on the bottoms of her feet daily. She began doing that immediately and has been able to get off of all medications. She has now relied upon Frankincense alone for many months (6-7) and is feeling happier and healthier than ever before.

Joy and Frankincense for bi-polar

Xena Goodman

Memphis, TN, United States
I am bi-polar and have been on antidepressants for over 10 years. Since I started using Joy Essential Oil, I have reduced the number of anti-depressant pills I take daily and my depression is so much better. It’s not gone, but I don’t get so ‘depressed’, just sad and irritable. When I do I put a drop of Joy behind each ear and rub some on the back of my head. What’s left I rub over my heart. When I am feeling manic, I inhale Frankincense and put a drop on the top of my head (crown chakra) and rub some on my forehead and the back of my head (brow chakra). It really calms me down. Sometimes I put one drop on the bottom of each big toe. This helps too”.

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Type in “Frankincense” on Essential Oil Testimonials and you’ll find a lot more.

Spiritual Oil

Nor by any means is Frankincense solely oil for physical and mental ailments. As I mentioned earlier, Frankincense helps to oxygenate the brain and stimulate the pineal gland. The Pineal Gland located in the brain just behind the forehead, is sometimes referred to as the Spiritual Eye. When Christ made the Sermon on the Mount, he said “If therefore your eye be single, your whole body shall be full of light” (Matthew 6:22). Is it possible that Christ was referring to the pineal gland?

For thousands of years, humans have prayed and meditated through this centre, as well as the other transmitting and receiving organ – the Heart. These two energy centres in the human being are a vital means of communication between us and the divine source as well as our fellow human beings. Women have a pineal gland that is twice the size of Men’s. Might this account for why women have a stronger intuitive capacity?

There is a good reason that churches and temples have diffused and burned incense for thousands of years. We know that when the pineal gland is stimulated it helps us to focus on the spiritual world. [3] Frankincense, along with oils such as Myrrh, Cedarwood and Sandalwood have the capacity to stimulate the pineal, and in so doing putting us in the frame of mind to pray and meditate.

Young Living have developed a number of oil blends that can help us enhance our prayer and meditation, as well develop our intuition. These are “3 Wise Men”, Inspiration, Gathering and Exodus II. All of these contain Frankincense.

When using these oils for prayer and meditation, you can either rub them on your forehead, the crown of your head, over your heart or on the soles of your feet. You can also have the oil/s diffusing in the room as you pray or meditate. When applying them try rubbing the oils 3 times clockwise, either when placing directly on the body or on your hand. Three is a sacred number, while clockwise the direction our DNA spins when it is healthy. Studies by Bruce Tainio have shown that rubbing essential oils 3 times clockwise actually doubles their frequency.

Till Next time,



Disclaimer: Please remember that anything discussed here does not
constitute medical advice and cannot substitute for appropriate medical care. Where essential oils are mentioned, it’s recommended you use only pure, unadulterated therapeutic grade essential oils and follow the safety directions of the manufacturer.

[1] Essential Oils Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Essential Science Publishing, Sept 2007, p62

[2] Ibid, p225

[3] The Raindrop Messenger, Official newsletter of C.A.R.E. (Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education) Vol 7, No 6 Nov-Dec 2009. To subscribe

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