10 Recipes with Frankincense Essential Oil- Boswellia carterii

Frankincense resin in it's organic form is then distilled into an essential oil

Frankincense resin in its organic form is then distilled into an essential oil

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 –

A clay face mask is the best and most natural clarifyng mask. pic vis chiclooking.com

A clay face mask is the best and most natural clarifying mask. pic via chiclooking.com

1. 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.


Take a huge whiff to change your focus in seconds

Take a huge whiff to change your focus in seconds

2. 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.



The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

The classic Duralex glass dish is handy to make oil blends and quick perfumes in

3. 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


Check this out - an oil burner made from a can - pic via www.instructables.com

Check this out – an oil burner made from a can – pic via http://www.instructables.com

4. 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


Rub oil into your body - it's good!

Rub oil into your body – it’s good!

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.

copyright suzanne


5 thoughts on “10 Recipes with Frankincense Essential Oil- Boswellia carterii

  1. Hi Suzanne,
    You are so right! I recently had a very unexpected (somewhat) warm weather bout of bronchitis. I made a Frankincense body oil and rubbed it on my chest, collar bones and shoulder joints. It was my first moment of relief and continued as a treatment, especially before sleep.
    One of my most favorite oils: love Frankincense. Is there a Frankincense produced in Australia?
    Cheers from a now sunny day in the States,

    • Sunny day! How lovely it’s cold here now and all I can is look forward to summer (big sigh). I’m so pleased you had a good experience with frankincense it is such a wonderful oil and has many uses. I’m
      Not sure any frankincense is produced here bur I have found a chemist who is producing CO2 extracts of Australian sandalwood and desert rosewood which he refers to as “buddha wood”. But it’s not the Buddha wood you recommended to me it’s another tree. Oh and BTW I bought some Buddha wood from Ecuador and it’s so strong it nearly made me sick when I smelled it! Blah! Don’t think I’ll ever use it. Thanks Jackie talk soon x

  2. Hi Suzanne,
    I don’t think we discussed Buddhawood. I’ve seen that listed, but don’t really know it. I think we talked about Palo Santo. Are they the same?
    Would love to know more about the Australian Sandalwood CO2 and desert rosewood. How can I get samples?
    I’m building a collection of E.O.’s from Australia for an Ozzy Dreaming natural fragrance. Would so love to visit.
    Sending you sunshine and warmth from LA,

    • Oh yeah sorry it’s a typo I meant palo santo and i don’t like it at all blah! When I get my oils I’ll let you know how to order so far the producer Chris has been a little unreliable in contacting me but we have spoken and he’s an interesting guy. I’ll be in touch about it x

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