The Magic of Frankincense

frankincense oilsI’m intoxicated with it’s smell- a fresh and sweet woody aroma.
I’m lured in by it’s many uses spiritually, medicinally, and for beauty — dating as far back to the ancient Egyptians and the three wise men.
I’m intrigued by it’s history including the “Magic from the Magi,” and fabled trading ports and lost cities…

When I started writing about frankincense I had no idea what I was getting into. I got much more than I bargained for – this is not just any essential oil; it comes with a history veiled in wealth, miracles, adventure, and mystery.

At it’s heyday, frankincense was among the world’s most highly prized commodities

  • In Egypt they would use the ash as eye shadow, add it to milk baths for rejuvenation, and apply to the skin to keep one’s youth and defend against dryness.
  • The aroma from the frankincense resin was also used for religious and spiritual rituals across the Mediterranean and the East, (and still is today).
  • Egyptians also used frankincense in embalming, and the pharaohs believed that burning it allowed them to commune with the gods.

…but the known powers of this resin didn’t begin and definitely have not ended there. Frankincense resin has been considered throughout the ages to have a wealth of health supporting properties that still exist today.

  • A medical encyclopedia dated back to AD 25-35, mentions frankincense for treating wounds and bleeding, and as a possible antidote to hemlock poisoning. Composed by the Roman author Celsus, it was the most extensive medical encyclopedia of its time.
  • An 11th-century Arab doctor, Avicenna, was considered the first to treat cancer (melanoma) with frankincense.
  • Today, peer reviewed research promotes frankincense for it’s anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory results.
  • And many modern day beauty care lines include frankincense in their anti-aging products.

What exactly is Frankincense?

Frankincense resin is obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia (family Burseraceae). The bark is scraped off and incisions are made in the trunks of the trees which bleeds a milk-like resin. The resin hardens into orange-brown shades of gum resin known as frankincense.

There are numerous species and varieties of frankincense trees, including Boswellia serrata in India, Boswellia carteri in East Africa and China, Boswellia frereana in Somalia, and Boswellia sacra in Arabia — each producing a slightly different type of resin with different beneficial properties.

Benefits and Uses

According to recent research, the sacra and carterii species have the anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties due to high levels of boswellic acids — some of the main compounds found in these frankincense species. Boswellia sacra has the highest amount of boswellic acids, at 42 percent; and carteri has almost as high an amount, with 40 percent. Interestingly enough, one of the three gifts from the Magi was frankincense – Boswellia sacra.

Boswellia frereana is the more popular and often the more expensive frankincense. It is high in monoterpenes, lupeols, and alpha thujene, making it different from the other frankincenses. This does not mean it is superior. If you want a frankincense for more uplifting qualities, this is your oil.


The lemony scent of Frereana Frankincense is uplifting and cheering and promotes calmness and relaxation. Traditionally, this frankincense was used to promote energy flow, increase spiritual awareness, deepen meditation, improve attitude, and uplift spirits.

Carteri Frankincense has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair. It is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin.

Other benefits and uses of Boswellia carteri:

  • Skin regenerating properties
  • Diminishes the appearance of scars and spots
  • Balances oil
  • Astringent (balances pH)
  • Moisturizing
  • Evens skin tone
  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti tumor
  • Immune Stimulant

Sacra Frankincense is ideal for those who wish to take their spiritual journey and meditation experiences to a higher level.

Other benefits and uses of Boswellia sacra:

  • Antiseptic
  • Antibacterial
  • Anti tumor
  • Immune Stimulant

In a nut shell, frankincense:

  1. has some amazing healing properties
  2. has been shown to eat cancer cells
  3. can help reduce signs of aging
  4. is useful for deepening one’s meditation practice

Would you like a bottle of frankincense in your home?

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Peer Reviewed Cancer Studies
breast cancer:
pancreatic cancer:
colorectal cancer:
bladder cancer and Frankincense (Boswellia Carteri):
for aging: 

One thought on “The Magic of Frankincense

  1. I’ve never tried the other benefits of Frankincense, but I do know, just a few drops in the diffuser and a truly heavenly aroma will fill your room! …Thank you for writing this article and giving all of us more of a look into the world of Frankincense:)


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