Frankincense Essential Oil: All Frankincense, Uses, Benefits & Differences

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All Frankincense: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

frankincenseFrankincense Carteri

  • Latin name: Boswellia carteri
  • Aroma Description: Green, balsamic, with lemon-wood

Therapeutic benefits

  • Promotes a soothing effect during times of grief and sorrow.
  • Helps to relieve joint pain.
  • Can help rejuvenate the look of mature skin.


Yes! Frankincense Carteri IS a KidSafe oil.

Dilution instructions:

Add 5-7 drops to a teaspoon of your favorite carrier oil and use as a salve on aching joints or muscles. 

Diffusion instructions:

Add a few drops to your favorite diffuser or personal inhaler to help create a soothing, calm atmosphere during meditation or times of grief.

Oils to blend with:

BergamotCedarwood AtlasClary SageCoriander SeedJasmine AbsoluteMyrrh, Nutmeg, Orange SweetPine ScotsSandalwood AustralianSpruce Hemlock and Vetiver.

Sleigh Ride Balm (for Chapped Skin)

All Frankincense: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week

What You’ll Need:

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What You’ll Do:
In a double boiler, melt beeswax, butters, and carrier oils. Remove from heat and stir in Vitamin E Oil and essential oils. Pour into containers and allow to cool.

Frankincense Serrata

  • Latin name: Boswellia serrata
  • Aroma Description: Green, woody, earthy scent

Therapeutic benefits

  • Helps promote clear breathing
  • Can be supportive and mind-clearing during meditation.
  • Promotes healthy, glowing skin.


No! Frankincense Serrata is NOT a Kidsafe oil.

Dilution instructions:

Add a few drops to your favorite carrier oil to use as a rejuvenating skin cream. We recommend a dilution of 1%-2% for a facial application or 3%-5% for body application.

Diffusion instructions:

To aid your respiratory system, blend 3 drops Frankincense Serrata with 2 drops Eucalyptus Globulus, 1 drop Rosemary, and 1 drop Spruce or Fir Needle in your favorite diffuser.

Oils to blend with:

Bergamot, Carrot SeedCedarwood AtlasClove Bud, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Orange SweetPine ScotsSandalwood AustralianSpruce Hemlock, and Vetiver.

Frankincense Frereana

  • Latin name: Boswellia frereana
  • Aroma Description: Fresh, woody-pine and lemony scent

Therapeutic benefits

  • Can help rejuvenate the look of mature skin
  • Helps support the immune system.
  • Promotes a calming, uplifting effect when diffused.


Yes! Frankincense Frereana IS a KidSafe oil.

Dilution instructions:

Add a few drops to your favorite carrier oil to use as a rejuvenating skin cream. We recommend a dilution of 1%-2% for a facial application or 3%-5% for body application.

Diffusion instructions:

Add a few drops and a few drops of Palmarosa to your favorite diffuser or personal inhaler to help support the immune system during the long winter months.

Oils to blend with:

BergamotGrapefruit PinkJuniper BerryLaurel LeafLemonLemongrassMay Chang, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Orange SweetBlack Pepper, and Vetiver

34 thoughts on “All Frankincense: Essential Oil Spotlight of the Week”

  1. I’m an essential oil newbie and have no idea what Frankincense EO even smells like, let alone what I can use it for. Can’t wait to order some and incorporate it into my life

  2. my frankincense is due today, I’m overexcited and thought it a good time to refresh myself on its uses. Knew i’d find useful information here on the blog 🙂

  3. PT’s Frankincense is one of my go to oil’s. I have have used all three varieties for different reasons and I’m so thankful that plant therapy educates its users so that I am buying the right one. It is so good for the skin, I have started adding it to my lotions and serum’s at night. Smells great too!

  4. Love my Frankincense carteri. Use ot in my slin care. Use it for it’s anti inflamation and oain reducing. Just to name a few. Thank you for this information ordering the other Franks too.

  5. My 9 year old has some nasty redness under his nose from a runny nose all week. Now I know what I will be making for him today!!

  6. I just made the Sleigh Ride balm a few days ago and we are loving it! The consistency is suspiciously like digging your fingers into actual butter. We’ve been using it for those cold nights when our furnace is working overtime to keep our cheeks and hands from getting dry and chapped. It’s been really helping!

  7. So glad to see this post, I’ve had frankincense sitting in its box for months unsure what to really do with it, but now I can open it up and start using them!

  8. I started adding Frank Carteri to my face serum and I must say it has lightened a particularly stubborn brown spot & my skin is taking on a glow too. Nothing is instant, just need to be consistent to see d result. Mine took 2 weeks. Will definitely stock up on Frank C.

  9. I am new to the PT family. I am so thankful for their information blogs. I was not aware of the different Frankincense types and that there were ones that were not kid safe. Having a young family, I turned to Essential oils for a more healthy, natural approach to wellness. I will be frequenting this site often to learn more of the benefits of the oils I will be purchasing. I would be interested in a book with all the uses and DIY of oils. Thank you Plant Therapy! Looking forward to growing this relationship and essential oil journey with you all.

  10. So thankful for PT and the information they provide. I ordered Frankincense (F) and can’t wait to use it! The skin care recipe is great… I might have to get Palmorosa next!!

  11. I cannot wait to order those products and make balm lipsticks for my family and friends. I am SO SO SO glad it was mentioned not to use on children- that is very helpful- and HONEST!

    Please, please write a book! I would LOVE that! I am an avid reader and I love books- I hope you will consider doing that. Just a suggestion 🙂

  12. I want to thank your customer service team. I’ve been using oils for almost a year, still learning, and every time I call or text for help, your team figures it out for me. I’ve referred a friend twice this year and have had trouble both times, but your team has helped me. I used spotlight of the month for the first time as well and needed help as well. Again everything was taken care of. A friend referred me and I haven’t looked back. The reasons to love PT are endless!!! Thank you.

  13. Newbie here, so I’m super thankful that PT has a blog with helpful info like this. It gives me a sense of direction. And I love the recipe ideas, too!

  14. Again another excellent article for the difference between same type of oil, thank you so much for a wonderful post!
    Frankincense is the first oil i bought from plant therapy because of the price is so much cheaper than the previous company i bought it from. And the quality and smell are so good that make me keep buying different oils from PT because i can afford. Now i only buy my eo from PT feel so great ^^

  15. Sooo excited for this spotlight, Ive been waiting for frankincense and I got all 3 of them. I love the spotlights as it also helps me to grow my EO collection in a way that helps me to afford it.

    1. Iovr frankincense I can’t wait to get this one .I use it in alot of rollers for alot of different things . And I diffuse it alot.

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