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Frankincense Essential Oil Skin Care Recipes

Updated on June 22, 2013
(Boswellia sacra) Frankincense stems from the bark of the Boswellia tree.
(Boswellia sacra) Frankincense stems from the bark of the Boswellia tree. | Source

Fit for a King

This precious essential oil is a name many of us are familiar with in terms of our religious faiths.

Long being revered as a holy oil in the Middle Eastern countries, Frankincense essential oil is one of the most expensive oils out of all essential oils known today.

That being said, its extensive health benefits far outweighs most that I have come across, that’s for sure.

The oil may be used topically, internally, aromatically and neat.

Check out How to Use Essential Oil in Four Applications for more in-depth ways you may use all four methods.

Bleeding the Bark of Boswellia Sacra Tree

the sap from the Boswellia sacra tree is bled out to produce frankincense.
the sap from the Boswellia sacra tree is bled out to produce frankincense. | Source

Olibanum Resin

resin from the Dhofar region of Oman, reported to produce the finest quality of frankincense in the world.
resin from the Dhofar region of Oman, reported to produce the finest quality of frankincense in the world. | Source

What is Frankincense?

Frankincense, also known as Olibanum, is a resin that comes from the genus of Boswellia trees. The bark of the Boswellia is slashed and the milky like resin is permitted to ooze out and harden. Resins may vary from white to amber in coloring when hardened.

The oil is extracted through the method of steam distillation. There are several different species of Boswellia that produce Frankincense but it is the Boswellia sacra species that is regarded as producing the best.

Whilst this tree grows in a variety of places, including India and Asia, it is native to the Arabian Peninsula (notably Oman and Yemen) and in the northeast African country of Somalia where it grows abundantly.

These small deciduous trees have the ability to withstand the most arid and dry conditions often found growing on rocky terrain, in arid forests or alongside ravines.

The trees will start producing the famous resin when they reach at least 8 years old.

The different growing conditions throughout the world have a direct influence on the quality and scent of oil. Perfume varies from smelling very fresh to a spicy, balsamic sweet aroma.

Boswellia sacra Tree

an old Boswellia sacra tree growing in the arid dry region of Dhofar, Oman.
an old Boswellia sacra tree growing in the arid dry region of Dhofar, Oman. | Source

Aromatic Uses

 traditional Frankincense oil burners.
traditional Frankincense oil burners. | Source

Indirect Heating

frankincense being burnt on hot coals.
frankincense being burnt on hot coals. | Source

Some of the Benefits of Frankincense

  • Antibacterial
  • Antiviral
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Antiseptic
  • Arthritis
  • Scars
  • Wrinkles
  • Warts
  • Anti-Ageing
  • Insect Bites
  • Strengthens Immune System
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Sciatic pain
  • Stress
  • Headaches
  • Respiratory Illnesses
  • Ulcers
  • Improves Memory Function
  • Fatigue

Bag of Resin for Sale in The Spice Souk, Dubai

burning the resin releases the aromatic frankincense.
burning the resin releases the aromatic frankincense. | Source

Frankincense Essential Oil

 frankincense oil from the Boswellia carteri tree.
frankincense oil from the Boswellia carteri tree. | Source

Using Frankincense in Skin Care

This precious oil is excellent for mature or dry skin and may be easily used in homemade skin care recipes.

Always take care whenever using this or any essential oil, you may be using a small quantity but they are powerful and potent.

A patch test on the skin should always be done prior to using a new essential oil.

Mix a drop in a drop of carrier oil (such as coconut oil, wheat germ oil or almond oil) you have and apply it inside the elbow.

For more information on carrier oils see My Top 10 Carrier Oils for Homemade Beauty products.

Spa Treatments at Home

indulge with essential oils in homemade spa treatments including facials and massage treatments.
indulge with essential oils in homemade spa treatments including facials and massage treatments. | Source

Ever tried Frankincense?

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Frankincense Face mask (dehydrated or mature dry skin)

Ingredients:

2 drops Frankincense Essential Oil

2 drops Neroli Essential Oil

2 drops Rose Essential Oil

6 tsp Apricot Kernel Oil

1-2 tsp Clear, Organic Honey (warm, runny consistency)

1 tbsp Ground Almonds (fine texture)

Small heat resistant bowl or jar with lid

Spoon / Spatula

Method:

Grind almonds in a blender or coffee grinder if not a fine texture. The finer the texture the more effective this mask will be.

Mix the oils, warmed runny honey and almonds together.

The consistency should be a soft paste so if more almonds are need add a teaspoon or more if needed. If it is too thick add another teaspoon of runny honey.

This mask must be applied immediately or within 2 hours.

To Apply:

This must be applied to a totally cleansed skin.

While cleansing the skin, stand the bowl or jar in slightly cooled boiling water for a few minutes to warm up. Doing this adds to the therapeutic benefits and effectiveness of the ingredients as warmed it will open up the pores.

Apply with a mask brush or fingertips avoiding the eye area.

Leave for 15 minutes. Remove by rinsing in tepid water and pat the skin dry.

Tips:

No Ground Almonds or allergic to nuts? Substitute with Oatmeal or Rice Flour.

No Apricot Kernel Oil? Try Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil,

No Rose or Neroli? Frankincense blends well with basil, bergamot, cinnamon, coriander-cypress, geranium, grapefruit, and lavender, lemon, orange, patchouli, pine, and sandalwood or ylang ylang.

Organize Ingredients

 organize your essential oils, carrier oils and any other ingredients needed.
organize your essential oils, carrier oils and any other ingredients needed. | Source

Quick Frankincense Face Moisturizer

Here a couple of easy moisturizing serums that are easy may be stored and make great gift ideas. Always make sure your bottle if not dark in color is stored away from the light, essential oils need to be kept in a dark place.

Your moisturizer is best applied using facial massage movements. Check outHow to administer a Facial Massage to Yourself.

Mature Skin

2 drops Rose

2 drops Frankincense

6 tsps (30ml) Evening Primrose Oil

1 Vitamin E capsule or 1 tsp Wheat germ Oil ( both are natural preservatives and contain antioxidants)

Mix all the oils together and give a good shake in your bottle.

Use sparingly, only use a tiny amount.


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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi teaches,

      Many thanks for your lovely comments as always. Frankincense is one fragrance that is so beneficial in many ways and products. Pity it is one of the most expensive of the essential oils. Thanks for your interest!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Thanks for the wonderful news on Frankincense. I have used it in perfumes before and found it to be a pleasant scent in bathwater.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Been thinking of you being in Boston. What a horrific week and I have kept you all in my thoughts and prayers. Thanks so much for taking an interest on this. Another ingredient for future use! By the way i see that you are now working in my ideal environment - A Craft Shop! How envious I am! Hope it is going well for you :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi seafarer Mama,

      Many thanks for your lovely comments, I really appreciate you dropping in! Frankincense is such a useful oil to have in the home. Have fun trying it out I am sure you will enjoy! Many thanks for your support, votes & sharing on fb!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I never really thought about what frankincese came from, so this is news to me! I enjoyed learning about it, and seeing what the sap looks like. Thanks for sharing this with us. I hope you're having a fantastic weekend! I have a long weekend, and it feels like it's Sunday. I'm not complaining, though, because I have so much more time to work on my hubs!

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      Such an inspiring and informative article, Suzy HQ. I look forward to trying to use one of these masks.

      Good to know that frankincense oil is good for alleviating arthritis. :0)

      Thank you! Voted up and shared on fb

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cheers pops!

      Always great to get your comments, so glad you enjoy my offerings!! Appreciate your votes greatly!!

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      breakfastpop 4 years ago

      I always find your hubs to be so useful and interesting, so much so that I voted it that way!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi travel_man,

      Good to have on board for this one. Frankincense will be available in the Philippines so hopefully on your next visit the Botanical gardens may sell it reasonably for you! Thanks for interest and commenting!

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      Ireno Alcala 4 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      Wow! I never know that it can also be a skin care product. Thanks for this complete hub. I will visit the nearest botanical garden if they have boswellia trees here in the Philippines.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tireless,

      Many thanks for commenting, glad you found these uses interesting to go along with the incense burning of Frankincense. Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Love the smell of frankincense burning, using it for anything else is a new idea. Thanks.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Good to know it has a German translation for you and you know it. It has a long history of being used in religious ceremonies and in churches. An expensive essential oil but a tiny amount goes a long way! Thanks very much for all the support much appreciated!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      First of all I had to look up what Frankincense is in German because I wasn't familiar with this word. In German it's called "Weihrauch". I mainly know it from church. A very informative and interesting hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vocalcoach,

      Many thanks for popping in.So you already use frankincense, that's great. Glad to hear you enjoy Aromatherapy. More essential oils for dry skin include rose, patchouli, sandalwood and even lavender. Many thanks for your interest, votes and shares - great to know you are a fan of the essential oils, more will follow!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I've used Frankincense Oil in the past for aromatherapy. Now, thanks to your magnificent hub on Skin Care I will be using it as you have suggested. My skin is dry and I look forward to this oil helping. I' off to read more of your hubs on essential oils. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and sharing. Thanks, Suzie.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      You are too kind my dear friend, thank you so much. You have been one of my inspirations here too and your layouts, pics and writing style all has so much to admire and respect, I love your work. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and glad you found it interesting! Appreciate always your votes, shares and support my friend!

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Suzie. I had absolutely no idea where Frankinsense came from. How interesting. I learned something new today. As Bill mentioned, the look and layout of your Hubs is just incredible. You are off and running now, the sky's the limit. Well done. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      What nice things to say, you are truly an inspiration in many ways. I have nearly been here a year and it is amazing when you look back on your early work and can see improvements, it is all going in a positive way which is really something. I am so glad I joined and have been in the company of so many wonderful teachers like yourself. Thank you so much for following my work and journey and glad you learnt something here with frankincense! Cheers always my friend :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespa,

      There are a ton more benefits that have on going research and it is linked to helping/preventing cancer, tumors, and more. Hopefully you will enjoy the serum, do spend a few minutes massaging in well, avoid the eye area and start at the base of the neck so it can benefit too! Many thanks as always my friend, weekend is disappearing fast but relaxing it was! Appreciate the support in votes etc . . . Have a great week!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      Just saw you mail, will be responding a.s.a.p!! Just up in the land of the living! Cheers so much, glad you enjoyed this thought it would be interesting to do!! By tweaking certain oils they are suitable for different skins and Frankincense is great for dry skin. So pleased you found interesting and your continuing support inspires always! Thanks so much for your votes, shares and pins!! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I didn't know that's where it came from. Damn, what a treasure chest of knowledge you are.

      I was thinking back to your first few hubs, and how much you have grown as a writer since then. Your hubs look fantastic, they are loaded with information and references and links, and your writing is crisp and informative. Very exciting to see, Suzie.

      Keep it up, Irish, and I'll continue to be here to watch your grow.

      bill

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've read of the benefits of Frankincense essential oil but didn't realize all the benefits it offers. You've included some great facts and photos in this article. I really love the recipe for mature skin serum! Will try it this afternoon as I have all the ingredients on hand. Another great Hub! I hope you had a relaxing weekend, Suzanne. Shared, tweeted, voted up, etc. etc. etc!

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I like the fact that you can substitute different oils and products to make this great mask. Good for all kinds of skin???? Great instructions and photos and everything. This has got to be one of my most favorite series of articles..Please keep on!!!!!GOing to vote up+++,share, pin, tweet and facebook..