How I WISH I would have known about frankincense essential oil when I was first starting out on my oily journey.
I was more focused on the ‘standard’ oils like lavender and lemon, but once I experienced the amazing skin care benefits of frankincense, I was hooked.
The incredibly stiff and painful skin that came along with other postpartum surprises had me creating new recipes almost instantly after childbirth.
Keep reading to see how you can use frankincense in your own skin care routine, in addition to other ways you can use it around your home.
In this post we’ll cover:
- The basic science behind frankincense essential oil
- Proper dilution rates
- Where to buy frankincense oil & other natural ingredients
- An amazing resource that has over 400 herbs & essential oil recipes that you can easily make at home.
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Frankincense Essential Oil Overview
- Frankincense Latin name: Boswellia carterii
- Plant part: Tree resin
- Method: Steam distillation
- Smells fresh, woody, balsamic, slightly spicy and fruity
Blending Frankincense with other Essential Oils:
- Combines beautifully with Cedarwood, Lavender, Lemon, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang
Frankincense Essential Oil Benefits:
- There are actually three different types of Frankincense essential oil, and they all vary in benefits (and price based on availability due to growing conditions).
- Frankincense Sacra is the absolute best for skin care and is the most sought-after Frankincense in the world. However, there is a higher price tag that goes along with it.
- Frankincense Serrata smells a bit more earthy and has anti-microbial/bacterial properties, which makes it great for cleaning (and diffusing). The lowest price tag of the three types.
- Frankincense Carterii (the one we’re focusing on in this post) has a slight citrusy scent, and it works well for skin care and for easing muscle and joint pain. This is the most widely used type of Frankincense since it has the widest range of uses for skin care, pain relief, cleaning, and aromatherapy.
Frankincense Essential Oil Uses:
- Most well known for skin care due to its astringent properties (may help reduce appearance of wrinkles, promotes regeneration of skin cells); also widely used in meditation practices to support wellness and concentration.
Frankincense Essential Oil & the Natural Mama:
- Do NOT use any essential oils during your first trimester
- may cause uterine contractions resulting in miscarriage or preterm labor
- Frankincense may be used during second and third trimesters
- One of the few essential oils that can be used during pregnancy
- Can be used with a 2% dilution on belly to avoid stretch marks and scarring
- Diffuse during pregnancy to enhance mood, combat anxiety, and help alleviate morning sickness.
- Use in a roller blend or labor massage oil during birthing time for stress and anxiety.
- Frankincense may be used on children
- Avoid completely with children 2 years old and under
- 1-2% dilution for 2 years and older (for topical use)
- May be diffused in spurts of 30 minutes with an hour break in between
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Essential Oil Dilution Basics
What does it mean to dilute?
Diluting anything means that you are lowering the concentration of a liquid by adding another liquid to it so that it is thinner/weaker than when by itself.
For our current conversation, a 1% essential oil dilution on children 2 to 6 years old would measure out to be 3 drops of EO in a 10mL bottle of carrier oil (the most popular roller size). A little goes a long way, and diluting does not decrease the effectiveness of an essential oil.
Essential oils must be diluted to be used safely and comfortably on the skin. A typical healthy adult can use a 2% dilution on the daily…that small number speaks volumes about the strength and power of one little drop of oil.
It’s real, legit medicine straight from nature.
By diluting an essential oil, you are spreading the molecules out so that they can be absorbed into the skin safely and easily (thus allowing them to get into your bloodstream and do some cool science).
What do you dilute essential oils with?
Essential oils can be added to mannnnyyyy different types of base recipes to create personal care products such as lip balm, soap, lotion bars, facial serums, etc.
However, most natural family DIY aromatherapy and essential oil use is done by mixing essential oils with a carrier oil and applying it with a roller bottle.
A carrier oil is a base (usually a vegetable oil) that is used to dilute essential oils and they carry the essential oils into the skin. Aptly named, yeah? Our favorite five are Apricot Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Sweet Almond Oil.
Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis) is actually a liquid wax extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant. This ‘oil’ is not greasy and non-allergenic, safely used around the eyes and on the skin. Incredibly similar to the oil our skin naturally produces so it is quickly and easily absorbed, making it a wonderful carrier for essential oils.
How Do You Dilute Essential Oils?
How much you dilute not only depends on the age and health of the individual, but also the type of oil you are using. Hot oils (such as cinnamon, clove, oregano, thyme, lemongrass) that warm your skin upon application will have much, much lower dilution rates than a floral oil such as lavender.
There are exceptions to every rule, and essential oils are no different. In certain cases, you can use a higher dilution rate for spot treatments, pains, and other non-daily applications (such as bug bites or burns). Speak to your doctor or aromatherapist for dilution and frequency recommendations for your particular situation.
With the above disclaimers being said, you can use the chart below as a general guideline for many essential oils on a healthy individual after doing a spot test to check for any sensitivities or allergies.
Where Do You Buy Frankincense Essential Oil?
Rocky Mountain Oils. Do yourself a favor and BOOKMARK that site! Rocky Mountain Oils (RMO) is the only essential oil company that we partner with for multiple reasons:
- They have amazing educational resources on their website, several of which are specifically for mommas and kids. *
- Rocky Mountain Oils is NOT an MLM company, which means their prices are lower than other well-known essential oil companies and their employees are treated and paid fairly.
- They have free shipping on all U.S. orders.
- There is a loyalty rewards program , so you get more bang for your buck on future purchases.
- They have a S.A.A.F.E. program that guarantees PURE and NATURAL oils that they test TWICE for authenticity.
- RMO has other natural living products available, such as supplements, diffusers, carrier oils, and more.
- Check out what they have to offer here: https://www.rockymountainoils.com
Herbs & Essential Oil Recipes, Tutorials, and Resources
Now that you have the background behind Frankincense and are wanting to use it for everything skin care and beyond (we’re right there with ya!), you may need a little more direction depending on your experience and background.
While the dilution chart above can DEFINITELY get you started with diffusing and basic aromatherapy, the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle is an amazing downloadable package that contains over 400 recipes.
There is SO MUCH the bundle includes that, to be honest, you’re not going to use all of it. However, the price is so dang low that even if you only reference a couple of the eBooks it is still TOTALLY worth the cost.
Here are just a few examples that you’ll find value in if you’ve read down this far already:
Using Essential Oils for Natural Body Care
How to Make Natural Soap
Cooking with Herbs and Essential Oils
DIY Herbal First Aid Kit
Natural Guide to Pregnancy & Postpartum
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