Frankincense: The Ancient Remedy

Frankincense: The Ancient Remedy

Oct 18, 2019Jennifer Price

Over the centuries, frankincense has achieved a highly celebrated status. Its contribution to the wealth of the ancient Arab world, where it was traded for other luxuries such as silver, gold, ivory, fabrics, tortoiseshells and wine, is legendary. The Ancient Egyptians, who used it in skincare preparations, believed the aroma 'thinned the veil' between life and the Gods. In fact, it is said that when Tutankhamun's tomb was opened after 5,000 years there emerged the unmistakable aroma of frankincense because of the vast quantities burned during the embalming of the young pharaoh. 

In recent years its many health benefits have been sought after by the natural beauty world, and for good reason. The toning and rejuvenating properties of frankincense make it one of the most important oils for invigorating the complexion, particularly for mature skin, and repairing skin damage. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities, which make it useful for healing wounds, and its distinctive aroma has a soothing effect on the nervous system that can both uplift and calm your spirits. 

Boswellic acid gives frankincense its anti-inflammatory, skin-healing action, which is why it has become so popular in skincare products. Its astringent and toning qualities minimize the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines giving it a rejuvenating effect on aging skin, and incredibly beneficial when treating scars and blemishes. Antimicrobial, aromatherapeutic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory… the list of health benefits frankincense essential oil has to offer is seemingly endless.  

In a world where women are bombarded with unrealistic expectations of beauty, we want to help them feel good about aging. Our breakthrough research into the scientific properties of frankincense led us to develop our Rejuvenating Frankincense and Frankincense Intense™ collections. 

Our Rejuvenating Frankincense Collection is a great introductory range of products for those looking to start incorporating the magical ingredient into their existing skincare routine and is suitable for all skin types. In addition to using frankincense essential oil, our alcohol-free Rejuvenating Frankincense Toner contains a blend of restful mandarin and refreshing bergamot essential oils, calming aloe vera and a smoothing tripeptide. It tones and primes your skin to better absorb moisturizer and other facial products. If you’re looking for a slightly lighter moisturizer for skin that’s occasionally dry rather than regularly dry, you might like to try Frankincense Hydrating Cream. With rejuvenating frankincense and myrrh essential oils, this beautifully light, best-selling, organic moisturizer will keep your skin soft and hydrated.  

We use three key ingredients that tackle the visible signs of aging in our Frankincense Intense™ Concentrate & Frankincense Intense™ Age Defying Cream: frankincense essential oil which works to improve skin tone and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, a 3-peptide complex that supports collagen production and increases skin’s firmness and suppleness, and gardenia plant stem cells which work to protect and slow collagen degradation, enhancing skin’s suppleness and strength. The difference is immediate, the results are lasting. The high-quality grade of frankincense resin (Boswellia sacra) used in this cream has an amazing aroma and is sustainably sourced from the Dhofar region of Oman, the ancestral home of frankincense. Below we highlight some of the key health benefits this essential oil offers. 

8 Frankincense Benefits  

Repairs and protects skin. Boswellic acid gives frankincense oil an anti-inflammatory, skin-healing action, which is why it has become such a popular ingredient in skin-care products. 

Combats signs of aging. Frankincense can strengthen skin health, even out complexion, and add elasticity to the skin. Most noteworthy, it has a rejuvenating effect, especially on mature skin. It minimizes wrinkles and fine lines and reduces the appearance of scars and blemishes. 

Tones skin. The oil helps to close pores and tone skin. Toning and rejuvenating properties make frankincense one of the most important oils for improving skin tone and treating aging skin and wrinkles, as well as addressing scar tissue. It is antiseptic and an astringent.  

Acts as an antiseptic. Use frankincense oil topically to help heal wounds and skin ulcers. Remember to dilute it, as it should not be used neat on skin. 

Relieves stress. The biochemical agents in frankincense essential oil have anti-anxiety properties making it a popular choice in aromatherapy, as it can relieve anxiety, calm and lift the spirit, increase energy and focus, and aid meditation. 

Eases aches and pains. The boswellic acid in frankincense makes it a powerful anti-inflammatory. Topical application as part of a massage oil blend or lotion can help reduce swelling and ease arthritis and rheumatic pain 

Cancer-fighting properties. Preliminary studies have shown that the compounds found in frankincense may have a role to play in the fight against many types of cancer, including skin cancer. 

Enhances sense of well-being. The oil has aromatherapeutic value, helping to increase contentment and positivity. For a centering and calming fragrance, try blending frankincense oil with ylang ylang, geranium, bergamot, patchouli, clary sage, and cypress oils.  

There are very few essential oils available that have a longer and more distinguished history than frankincense. If you're not already using it, then start today as it can serve you in so many ways.  


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