Frankincense Serrata essential oil, also known as Olibanum, is steam distilled from gum resin. It’s been used for thousands of years by native people as incense, medicine, and even added to cosmetics. Wherever you are in your essential oil journey, it’s a must-have for your collection.
This specific kind of Frankincense has an appealing green and woody aroma that is pleasant on its own. Additionally, it is widely used in aromatherapy. Like Frankincense Serrata, Frankincense Carterii and Frankincense Frereana offer similar benefits.
Not sure which Frankincense is right for you? Check out our post to find out what fits you best. Whichever one you choose, its mind-clearing abilities are particularly beneficial for yoga and meditation practices, but it also can help keep your breathing clear and your lungs happy. Find out all the ways you can incorporate Frankincense into your life:
One of the first incredible uses is that Frankincense supports your respiratory system and promotes clear breathing. For a blend that helps promote clear breathing, try adding three drops Frankincense Serrata, two drops Eucalyptus Globulus, one drop Rosemary, and one drop Spruce or Fir Needle in your diffuser.
Add a few drops to your favorite carrier oil to use as a rejuvenating skin cream. Adding Frankincense into your skincare routine as an anti-aging treatment can help improve skin elasticity. We recommend a dilution of 1% for a facial application or 3-5% for body application.
Relieve Aching Joints
Add this essential oil to your favorite carrier oil for a soothing remedy that can help relieve the aching joint pain. For some who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, Frankincense can help reduce inflammation. As a result, we recommend a maximum dilution of 3% for any topical application.
DIY Sore Muscle and Joint Salve
What you’ll need:
- 1.5 ounces Fractionated Coconut Oil
- 0.5 ounces Beeswax Pearls
- 11 drops Juniper Berry
- 10 drops Black Pepper
- 9 drops Frankincense Carteri CO2
- 1 drop Cinnamon Cassia (optional)
- 2 one-ounce tins
What you’ll do:
Melt beeswax in a double boiler and add Fractionated Coconut Oil. Remove from heat and stir in essential oils. Pour mixture into tins and allow to fully cool
Ease Menstrual Pain
Ladies, we understand how irritating cramps and pains are with your menstrual cycle. Since Frankincense can help reduce inflammation, it can act as an effective painkiller. Use the same carrier oil topical mixture to ease discomfort associated with that “time of the month.”
In addition to helping with your respiratory system during the dry winter months, Frankincense is also prized for aiding in meditation. Diffuse with Sandalwood and Cedarwood, Cypress, or Patchouli for a supportive blend. Furthermore, try out our Aromatherapy for Yoga Diffuser Blend during your next meditation session.
Calming Yoga Mat Spray
What you’ll need:
- 23 drops Lavender Fine
- 23 drops Cardamom
- 35 drops Frankincense Serrata CO2
- 3 ounces water
- 1 ounce Everclear
What you’ll do:
Combine essential oils in Everclear and allow to meld. Add water and shake well. Lightly spray on yoga mat prior to practice to encourage a grounding, meditative space.
Need more of a reason to use this amazing essential oil? We have what you’re looking for! Check out these easy DIY recipes and fall in love with Frankincense, perfect for essential oil newbies and experts alike:
- Achy Leg Cream
- Joint Support Lotion
- Yoga Mat Cleaner
- Rest and Recover Bath Bomb
- Aromatherapy for Yoga Diffuser Blend
- Laid Back Legs Cream
You can diffuse Frankincense into the air of your living space to take in its amazing benefits. In addition, this essential oil blends well with Bergamot, Carrot Seed, Atlas Cedarwood, Clove Bud, Lemon, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Sweet Orange, Scots Pine, Australian Sandalwood, and Vetiver.
For more uses for this incredible oil, be sure to check out our Safe Essential Oil Recipes (SEOR) Facebook Group. Which DIY Frankincense project are you most excited to try out? Let us know in the comments!