Scent Spotlight: Frankincense

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Scent Spotlight: Frankincense

You’re likely familiar with frankincense. It is frequently mentioned in conjunction with Christian teachings, historical references and applications (which we’ll explore later), as well as holistic health remedies.

What you probably didn’t know, however, is the extraction method and many uses of this pungent essential oil. But don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for!  Keep reading to discover more about this warm, sweet scent.

Extraction Process

The procedure for extracting frankincense oil is relatively simple. It is obtained from the Boswellia tree (native to the Middle East) by cutting the bark and removing the thick, congealed sap that emerges. This sap is then steam-distilled to create essential oil.


Frankincense has a history that is as rich as its scent. Its origin dates back thousands of years, where it was traded by Middle Eastern and North African civilizations.

The ancient Egyptians used it for facial rejuvenation, offerings to their gods and embalming rituals. Egyptian women used frankincense to create the thick eyeliner they rimmed around their eyes. (

Elsewhere, the early Romans and Greeks used frankincense oil as incense during their religious ceremonies. It was also utilized medicinally to heal ailments such as indigestion, hypertension, nausea and more. (Middle East Institute)


Today, frankincense continues to have a wide variety of uses, which include:

  • Aiding meditation by diffusing it during your session
  • Relieving sore muscles and inflammation by applying topically in a 2-5% dilution
  • Lessening the appearance of scars and skin damage caused by acne, injury or stretch marks
  • Reducing stress by inhaling frankincense’s calming scent deeply
  • Cleaning your home by adding it to other natural cleaning solutions
  • Protecting against illness by diffusing it during cold and flu season

Frankincense is a popular essential oil throughout the world, and one of our best sellers. And for good reason -- it’s extremely versatile. Whether you’re relaxing, cleaning or simply enjoying its sweet scent, you can benefit from having frankincense in your essential oils arsenal.