3 Excellent Frankincense Essential Oil Remedies

by Andrea Butje on July 17, 2013

Frankincense essential oil uses

Recently I was in an aromatherapy class, and each person in the room talked about their favorite essential oils. More than half the group mentioned Frankincense essential oil! It’s not surprising–there are so many amazing Frankincense essential oil uses.

Well, I felt right at home, because I also adore the aroma of Frankincense essential oil.

Here are my three favorite Frankincense essential oil uses and recipes:

1. Frankincense for Cold and Flu Congestion

8 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
3 drops Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus dives)
4 drops Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)

Add the oils to a blank inhaler, and use as needed.

2. Evening Meditation

6 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
1 drop Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)
3 drops Balsam Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis)

Add the oils to a diffuser to fill your meditation space with the aroma.

3. Healing Scar Tissue

10 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
5 drops Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
5 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
1 oz Calendula infused oil

Apply to the scar multiple times daily.

I also love to make incense sticks with Frankincense. I even made a video that teaches you how to make your own incense sticks. The recipe in the video does not use Frankincense, but you can replace the Siberian Fir in the recipe with Frankincense.

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Patricia Booth September 6, 2016 at 8:14 am

Hi, Andrea Butje. Are there oils in the doTerra family that are similar to Elemi, Palo Santo, and Balsam Copaibza that I could use in your recipes? Thank you for your advice. I enjoy reading your blog!


Andrea Butje September 6, 2016 at 12:10 pm

Hi Patricia! That’s a great question and I couldn’t say for certain. I would suggest to check with doTerra on that. Common names for essential oils can change from place to place. So checking the Latin names is the only way to be sure you’ve got the right oil – the Latin names that you’d look for are italicized in the brackets.

Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
Palo Santo (Bursera graveolens)
Balsam Copaiba (Copaifera officinalis)


Raquel February 8, 2016 at 6:01 am

Hi Andrea. Thank you very much for the wonderful blends. Could I use the scar healing blend for old acne scars? Also, could I use coconut oil instead of calendula? Thanks.


Andrea Butje February 8, 2016 at 1:09 pm

Hi Raquel – yes and yes! It takes a long time for old scars to heal, but you should see some changes within a few weeks.


Susan July 24, 2015 at 7:09 am

Can your blend of oils for cold &flu congestion of frankincense, eucalyptus & elemi for inhaler be used in diffuser during the night ,while sleeping ? Love you videos Thank You


Andrea Butje July 24, 2015 at 8:49 am

Hi Susan – definitely! You might also be interested in the blend featured on this blog post: http://www.aromahead.com/blog/2014/11/17/get-sleep-cold/


dar December 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm

Where can I buy frankincense?


Andrea Butje December 27, 2014 at 10:56 am
Lisa October 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Why your choice of Boswellia carterii? What is the difference therapeutically speaking in Boswellia serrata and Boswellia carterii and Boswellia Frereana and Boswellia sacra
I wish I could find the Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer analysis for each of these to tell the constituents that are most needed and which is higher in what.
LOve your blog.


Andrea Butje October 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm

Hi Lisa,
I just love Boswellia carteri but any of the ones you mentioned would be great. karen on Aromatics International has a gc for both the carterii and the sacra.

sacra: http://www.aromaticsinternational.com/essential-oils/frankincensesacra101
carteri: http://www.aromaticsinternational.com/essential-oils/Frankincensecarterii107


Simply Essential UK July 28, 2013 at 10:51 am

Love coming across recipes – many thanks for sharing


Petie July 18, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Thank you Andrea for so many good blends!


Andrea Butje July 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm



marti July 18, 2013 at 7:56 am

love your blog, great information.


Andrea Butje July 18, 2013 at 8:42 am

Thanks so much Marti!


Rachel Hobbins July 17, 2013 at 11:11 am

Great blog and resources for essential oils and Aromatherapy!


Andrea Butje July 18, 2013 at 8:42 am

Thanks Rachel! 🙂


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