Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) Essential Oil

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Frankincense essential oil is often used by yoga instructors, naturopaths and other healers to inspire mindfulness and balance.

Finding a moment of stillness can be hard to come by in this day and age. Diffusing Frankincense for its many calming and uplifting properties is a great place to start, and a great way of building your own oasis of tranquility.

According to historical records, the Old Testament of the Bible was likely referring to the Boswellia Serrata variety of Frankincense when mentioned in the sacred text. Frankincense, along with gold and myrrh, was included in the gifts presented to the infant Christ in the Bible’s New Testament. It was first introduced in church ceremonies during the early years of Christianity in Europe.

Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) essential oil has a brighter citrus aroma than other types of Frankincense, yet affords many of the same beneficial wellness properties.

Frankincense is harvested by making small incisions in the bark of the aromatic tree, producing a milky white resin that hardens as it dries. These are traditionally called ‘tears’, and are used to heal emotional wounds.

The collected resin is separated into grades and stored in caves. The resin is put through a steam distillation process to capture the essential oil.

Use this essential oil sparingly; one drop goes a long way because it oh so VERY potent and concentrated!


- Botanical Name: Boswellia Serrata
- Origin: India
- Method: Steam Distillation
- Plant Part: Resin Tears
- Note: Base
- Family: Burseraceae
- Blends Well With: Lemon, Myrrh, and other citrus and resins
- Aroma: Herbaceous, resinous, and earthy with piney undertones. Has a rich woody, earthy scent with a deeply mysterious nuance.
- Consistency: Thin
- Color: Clear - pale yellow
- Purity: 100% (NOT diluted; NO additives; NO fillers - EVER)
- Therapeutic/Medicinal Quality?: Yes!!
- Shelf Life: 2 Years


(Potential to be useful when used safely and appropriately)

- Circulatory: arthritis, poor circulation
- Digestive: parasites
- Immune: infection, inflammation, virus
- Limbic: depression
- Muscular: spasm, cramp, ache, pain
- Nervous: nerve pain, headache, migraine
- Respiratory: congestion, bronchitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, whooping cough
- Skin: bacterial infection, athlete's foot, eczema, psoriasis, body odor, scar, wounds
- Home: airborne germs, surface germs, insect repellent


(Please reference the Appendix on this site for definitions)

analgesic, anti-bacterial (bactericidal), anti-catarrhal (expectorant/mucolytic), anti-depressant, anti-helmintic (vermifuge), anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory/anti-phlogistic, anti-microbial/anti-septic, anti-migraine, anti-parasitic (parasiticide), anti-spasmodic, anti-viral (viricidal), decongestant, deodorant, depurative, disinfectant, insecticidal/insectifuge, rubefacient, vulnerary.


Diffusion: Use one to four drops in the diffuser of your choice (this oil is VERY strong/potent, but you decide how strong you want the scent to be). Ideally, diffuse essential oils for 30-60 minutes on, then 30-60 minutes off. This is not only safer, but it’s also more effective as both our bodies and our nervous system habituate to essential oils after this period of time. Whenever you are using or diffusing essential oils, some air exchange (fresh air) is advisable. Do not diffuse around cats.

Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil (Jojoba, Sunflower, Olive, Coconut, Almond, etc.) to minimize any skin sensitivity. Proper dilution ratio and a link for you to learn how to properly dilute is below.


Frankincense Essential Oil is non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing.

- Safe for which ages?: All
- Safe for pregnancy?: Yes
- Safe for breastfeeding?: Yes
- Safe for dog?: Yes
- Safe for cat?: No

Kids Max Topical Dilution: 1%

Adult Max Topical Dilution: none (but always dilute before applying to the skin).

Learn more about dilution for all ages, bottle sizes, etc.

NEVER USE ESSENTIAL OILS INTERNALLY IN ANY AMOUNT, UNLESS DIRECTED BY A LICENSED AROMATHERAPIST OR PHYSICIAN. If under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Discontinue use if skin sensitivity occurs. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use undiluted on skin. Keep out of reach of children. Do not use on broken skin or on abrasions.

Safety Guidelines & Explanations:

 Information sourced from - Essential Oil Profiles: Aromatherapy reference manual for the beginner and beyond (book), by Lea Jacobson, Certified Clinical Aromatherapist. Purchase by clicking here.

Please see the following websites for different uses & safety:

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Please keep out of the heat, the sun and the light. It is best to store essential oils in a cool, dark place or room. Do not leave in your vehicle in warm (75+ degrees) or very cold temperatures. Heat especially destroys the medicinal/therapeutic properties of essential oils. Make sure to keep cap tightly closed. It is best to use your essential oils within one year, although they will last much longer than that if taken care of properly (above). If not taken care of properly, essential oils can degrade and/or go rancid, and will no longer be medicinal/therapeutic for you.


The information provided is general and should not be taken as medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or disorder. Please consult your health care professional before using our Frankincense Essential Oil. Avoid use during pregnancy. Neither Victoria Kay Designs nor associated business entities guarantee the accuracy of this information.

Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for users who use this essential oil unsafely. More than enough information, and reference information to legitimate sources is available on this website for users to educate themselves. If buyers/users choose not to educate themselves and use any essential oil irresponsibly - that is not the fault of this business. Victoria Kay Designs is not responsible for any ill-fated reactions, i.e. sensitivity, irritation, phototoxicity, internal damage (taking internally), illness, death, etc., etc. due to usage of any essential oil information on this website/not on this website, or essential oil sold on this website or sold at arts & crafts shows. Users assume all responsibility once product passes into their hands.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA.