10 Recipes with Frankincense Essential Oil


Post by Suzanne R Banks


10 Recipes with Frankincense Essential Oil

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Ah frankincense it’s a good oil! It’s an oil that helps you breathe deeply, relax and connect with your spirit. It’s an oil that can help skin looking and feeling younger. It’s an oil that’s been around for thousands of years. It’s an oil of truth.

Frankincense has a fine scent and I have written more about it previously with my article ‘Frankincense is the Scent of Truth’. It is from the family Burseraceae and the genus Boswellia.

Many years ago a friend of mine (he’s not around any longer, hi Peter!) was having a really bad asthma attack and was getting very anxious. He called me and I went to him immediately with a vapouriser and some Frankincense oil. I sat him down next to the stream of vapour and within 5 minutes he was better and after 20 minutes he could breathe normally. He also felt much more relaxed and I left the set up with him for a few weeks so he could access the treatment whenever he needed it.

Frankincense has many applications so let’s get into some recipes –

1. Frankincense Face Mask

Usually add 1 or 2 drops of oil to some clay and add water, floral water or hydrosol. Keep the mask on for 5 minutes then rinse off with cool water. Mist with a hydrosol or floral water and moisturise.

I would use 2 drops of frankincense in pink clay to rejuvenate your skin, help tone oilier skin and to treat acne.


2. Frankincense Open The Bottle and Take a Huge Whiff

Do this with frankincense to help you relax and gather your energy. It will give you a chance to stop and catch you breath too.


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3. Frankincense Pure Pulse Point Perfume

In a little dish mix these oils and anoint your pulse points or chakras – 3 drops of essential oils and dilute with a few drops of carrier oil – always patch test first!

“Peace and Quiet”

Frankincense 2 drops

Lavender 1 drop


“I’m Ready for the Day”

Take a deep breath and go!

Frankincense 1 drop

Neroli 3% 3 drops * see my article for more info on 3% blends in jojoba



Life IS sweet –

Frankincense 2 drops

Peru balsam 1 drop


“Now is the Best Time”

Do it now!

Frankincense 1 drop

Lemongrass 1 drop

Rose Geranium 1 drop


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7. Frankincense Scent Your Space

In a traditional oil burner with a candle or a diffuser add 25 drops of oil

“Sunday Night Settle Down”

You’ve got school in the morning!

Frankincense 10 drops

Orange 9 drops

Marjoram 6 drops


“Fresh Vibe”

A great blend for when you’ve finished cleaning the house –

Frankincense 10 drops

Lime 6 drops

Cedarwood Atlas 5 drops

May Chang 4 drops


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9. Frankincense Nourishing Body Oil Blend

For a coat of your body use 3 teaspoons of carrier oil in a little dish and, add 7 – 8 drops of essential oil. It’s always best to patch test first, before you apply all over.

***** Always put the drops of essential oil into the bottle or dish first, then add the carrier oil. It gives the scents time to create a synergistic fusion.

For a 50ml bottle of oil add 25 drops and see my articles “Ratios for Blending Essential Oils – A Reminder of the Basics” and “Aromatherapy – It’s Easy as 1 2 3”


A blend to feel hydrated with a new outlook –

Frankincense 3 drops

Palmarosa 3 drops

Lavender 2 drops


“It’s All About Me Tonight”

Shower off the day and oil yourself –

Frankincense 2 drops

Ylang Ylang 2 drops

Mandarin 3 drops



Happy blending and remember to use your intention when you are creating your formulas.See my article about intention.

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13 comments on “10 Recipes with Frankincense Essential Oil

  1. Azar says:

    Great suggestions, remedies and helpful hints (as always)! Thank you again, Suzanne.
    Azar xx

  2. Esperanza says:

    Thanks, Suzanne !

    I have a bottle of frankincense oil but it is too thick to get THE oil out. What would you recommend to do with it ?

    • einsof says:

      i’m not Suzanne, but i find warming the bottle slightly (even under the tap) does the trick. this can also be done with a very warm cup of water.


    • Hmmm yes I totally agree with einsof, warm it a little. It is an oil that should be quite thin and clear so maybe check the expiry date as it could be a bit old. If it’s fine then warm away. Sometimes with sticky oils I put the bottle under my arm (in my armpit – that sounds awful lol) for a few minutes and I can usually get a few drops out. good luck
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  3. einsof says:

    delightful article and very special oil!

    frankincense so complex, it is almost a perfume unto itself.

    there is something radically different after one inhales frankincense- i call it the “hush”. not that one is being silenced, but instead the kind of hush which comes with the feeling of awe or wonderment. it is the moment of observation; of the moment and the self.

    thank you, again, for another installment!!

  4. Amarah says:

    Wow this was an awesome read! I will try some of your recommendations for sure xx

  5. Ines says:

    Thank you! I will be definitely trying some of these. 🙂
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  6. australianperfumejunkies says:

    Hey there Suzanne,
    Sorry to be late to the party but I thought I had already commented.
    You know I had no idea there was a frankincense oil. Next time I’m in Newtown I will go to that oil place and get some. If it’s good enough for the baby Jesus then…..
    Portia xx

  7. Esperanza says:

    Thank YOU Suzanne and Einsof. THE oil is probably a bit old but I Will try it anyway.

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