March 27, 2018

The benefits of frankincense oil can be obtained by topical application, inhalation via a diffuser or vaporizer, or by ingesting it in small amounts.

For pain relief, massage the oil into the affected area. Using a diffuser, vaporizer, or inhaler works for the treatment of colds, coughs, and other respiratory conditions and blockages. Frankincense can be applied directly to the skin in most cases, or can be blended with carrier oils such as jojoba, coconut, or almond oils.

Most packaging and labelling will describe whether or not that particular blend of oil will require dilution. When taking frankincense oil internally, it is best to dilute it in an edible carrier oil (such as coconut), or in a teaspoon of honey, in a glass of water, or in any non-acidic, non-dairy beverage. You can also put a drop or two beneath your tongue. It is thought that rubbing a few drops of the oil into the soles of the feet each day will help to strengthen and boost the immune system.

While this oil is considered generally safe, it should not be used during pregnancy as it acts as an emmenagogue and an astringent. Internal ingestion of this oil is not recommended for children under the age of 6 years old. Older children and teenagers may require higher dilution of this oil compared to adult dosage.  

Symptoms of allergic reaction include: skin rashes, gastrointestinal distress, nausea, stomach pain, and hyperacidity.

It also acts as a blood thinner and may increase the risk of abnormal bleeding in people with bleeding disorders or people taking anticoagulant medications.

Always consult with a doctor before taking any form of supplement or essential oil, particularly internally. Always read packaging and labelling to determine the proper way to use the particular blend of the oil.