FRANKINCENSE Oil for Body, Mind & Spirit

by Cynthe on June 23, 2010

Frankincense resin and essential oIl with botanical illustrationReceived an incredible testimonial about Frankincense via email that I want to share with our readers right away, especially those of you who may be facing serious challenges in your lives or who know other folks who are.

This woman’s testimonial is corroborated by a recent BBC article on Frankincense’s effectiveness published FEB 2010.

Here’s an excerpt: Immunologist Mahmoud Suhail is hoping to open a new chapter in the history of frankincense…
“… when the DNA code within the cell’s nucleus becomes corrupted,” he says. “It seems frankincense has a re-set function. It can tell the cell what the right DNA code should be. “Frankincense separates the ‘brain’ of the [damaged] cell – the nucleus – from the ‘body’ – the cytoplasm, and closes down the nucleus to stop it reproducing corrupted DNA codes.

Working with frankincense could revolutionise the treatment of cancer. Currently, with chemotherapy, doctors blast the area around a tumour to kill the cancer, but that also kills healthy cells, and weakens the patient. Treatment with frankincense could eradicate the cancerous cells alone and let the others live.”


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Cynthe’s COMMENTS: Scientists tend to take the typical pharmaceutical approach of attempting to isolate Frankincense’s active anti-disease compounds, leading to problems with other chemical constituents that may cause other health issues (allergic reactions), when used singly. We need to respect these incredible essences, learning to use them WHOLE  just as Source has wisely created them.

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Just received additional info on Frankincense.  But, first, a bit of background on the following comments & testimonial…

At an educational convention in 2010, attendees gathered to exchange personal healing stories using these immune supportive products. Here’s more information from Dr. Suhail (the scientist quoted in the BBC article), who was a guest speaker:

“Dr Suhail, mentioned in the article, was at the convention for the whole time and gave a presentation along with being on a panel….I ran into Dr. Suhail at the farm and he gave me and the people I was with some Omani frankincense nuggets. We chewed them and it was quite pleasant, even though I was trying to get it out of my teeth for the rest of the day.

While he works in Oman as a physician, he said they can’t do clinical cancer research there because nobody* [in Oman] has cancer. There are NO cancer units at the two hospitals there. He sees 1 or 2 people with cancer every couple of years and I think he said those are people who have lived outside the country. The local people chew the frankincense resin and also soak it overnight and drink the water, so it is very much a part of their lives.

Yes, the scientific researchers are always looking for the one ingredient that is the magic bullet… and perhaps there is value in that for something. However, I agree with you that the magic is in the wholeness, not the parts. I’m sure Dr. Suhail knows that too, as he spoke a lot about the healing properties of the resin and oil.”

Don’t remember if he said ‘all of Oman’ or the area he’s living in (I think he’s in the capital, Salalah). Don’t think Oman is very big, though. I think Dr. Suhail said there were around 2 million people in Oman.

Just did a little Google search. * This article from 2006 says that they get 1,000 cases a year in the country [Oman], mostly breast, prostate and childhood leukemia.

So apparently, there is some cancer there, but not nearly at the rate of the rest of the world. This rate also might be a reflection of the more “modern” people who travel and have a more Western lifestyle.
~ BR

Here’s the inspiring testimonial, word-for-word, via BR:

[An acquaintance] I was chatting with called someone over to share her oil story with me. I was very moved as I listened to this woman’s account of her experience with cancer, its recurrence, and how frankincense…literally saved her life.

She told me that she’d been previously diagnosed with breast cancer, used frankincense…and the cancer went into remission. The cancer came back with a vengeance after seven years. This time it was affecting many areas of her body. I can’t remember exactly, but I think she mentioned the brain as well as other areas.

always buy the best essential oilsAfter receiving chemotherapy and radiation treatments, the doctors told her that there was nothing else they could do and that she had six months to live. She started using frankincense…aggressively. She “rubbed it all over” [her] body and took six capsules a day.

She said….she owed it to her family, and especially her children, to fight for her life. And that since she’d succeeded in beating the cancer before, she could do it again. I think it’s very significant that this woman was empowered with a strong belief in healing herself and didn’t collapse under the death sentence of the doctors. I don’t remember the exact length of time…she marinated in and ingested frankincense oil, but I think she said that in 1.5 months she was cancer free.

I will try to reconnect with this woman and get a more complete report. If I can do that, I’ll pass along what I find out to you. Of course, everyone is different. One person’s life path and healing will not necessarily be the same as another’s. But what a great inspiration to know…we have such precious healing substances right at our fingertips and can freely share with others whose health and lives could potentially be transformed just by receiving this information.

FRANKINCENSE (Boswellia carterii & Boswellia sacra), traditional Middle Eastern holy anointing essential oils

Frankincense Tree being tapped for its resinous sap

Frankincense Tree being tapped for its precious sap

Various species of Frankincense have been revered for thousands of years and were used in ceremonies & traditional rituals as incense to improve communication with Source / Creator / God / Spiritual Guidance….whatever term is meaningful to us. The ancient Egyptians also used Frankincense to fumigate their homes, as a general cure for all diseases, in cosmetics, perfumes,and embalming.

PROPERTIES: Anti-Catarrhal, Anti-Depressant, Anti-Infectious, Anti-Inflammatory, Antiseptic, Anti-Tumoral, Expectorant, Immune-stimulant (increases leukocyte activity to defend the body against infection), supports Nerves, prevents Scarring, Sedative.

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~ Emotionally: Frankincense promotes acceptance, emotional balance & stability, offers protection, fortitude, courage & resolution; increases introspection, spiritual awareness & inspiration, is an aid in meditative practices & prayerwork.

~ Physically: Frankincense supports the immune, bronchial, cardiovascular, digestive systems; nerves; skin, and is protective against many ailments & diseases such as diphtheria, gonorrhea, jaundice, herpes, meningitis, syphilis, TB, typhoid.

FRENCH MEDICAL USES: Asthma, Depression, Ulcers.

Frankincense Tears (Resin)

Frankincense ‘Tears’ (chunks of dried resin before distillation)

Bronchial System:
Useful for Bronchitis, Catarrah, Colds & Coughs, Laryngitis, Pneumonia. Boswellic acid (present is Frankincense) has been shown to be equivalent to a high potency dose of steroids;
One of the few Anti-Tumoral therapeutic essential oils. At a 2010 educational convention, Dr. H. K. Lin from University of Oklahoma discussed using Boswellic acid (from Frankincense) to destroy a variety of cancer cells successfully. He also stated Frankincense resin used daily ~ chewed like gum or soaked in water overnight and drunk upon arising ~  is a cancer preventive.
Helpful for High Blood Pressure, Hemorrhaging;
Digestive support:
Traditionally used to treat Diarrhea, heals Ulcers;
Endocrine Support:
Stimulates the Limbic system, Oxygenates the Hypothalamus, Pineal & Pituitary glands;
Immune support:
Frankincense resin has a high percentage of polysaccharides, boswellic acid and incensol which act as curatives and preventives in the human body. Frankincense is known to have DNA repair properties and cancer prevention properties because of the presence of alpha-pinenes, boswellic acid, and incensol which is considered very powerful for helping those with chronic degenerative diseases.
Nervous System: Heals brain damage, relieves Neuralgia & Sciatica;
Oral health: Sore throats & & Strep infections;
Prostate Issues
Skin regeneration: Aging, Infections – Staph, Insect repellent & soothes Insect / Snake Bites, is a remedy for Herpes, for Scarring, heal Sores & Wounds, Warts;
Stress & Tension:
Useful for counteracting Depression, Headaches, Stress, Tension, promotes positive attitudes;

If you are interested in where I source therapeutic oils, please contact me to learn more. For more information on alternative, integrative protocols, read this article about two innovative medical clinics in north America.

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Essential Oils for Physical Health & Well Being by Linda L. Smith. ISHA, JULY 2005.
Reference Guide for Essential Oils, Tenth Edition by Alan & Connie Higley. Abundant Health, OCT 2006.
The Fragrant Heavens, The Spiritual Dimension of Fragrance and Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood. Novato, CA: New World Library, 1999.

Frankincense Tears ~
Frankincense Tree ~

Cynthia Brush, Young Living Oils Distributor #168709Cynthe Brush ~ Certified Clinical (Medical) Aromatherapist, Therapeutic Essential Oils Practitioner & Self-Care Health Educator has used therapeutic essential oils for personal, family, & client health issues since 1999.

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Maria December 11, 2015 at 8:55 pm

Hi! I hope you can help. My sister has stage 4 Breast cancer. She is juicing, following anticancer diet. Taking chemo pill. She starting using Doterra frankincense. How much can she take topically and/or internally? I can’t find any protocols using oils. Thank you. God bless you.

Cynthe December 12, 2015 at 7:46 am

Hi Maria ~ Sorry to hear about your sister’s health challenge. Our pharmaceutical & medical industries prevent access to alternative protocols. Please read through the article and all my comments to readers for some ideas. You could also use our pamphlet “Frankincense for Immune Support.” My understanding is that the BEST Frankincense EOs to use are: Boswellia carteri and Boswellia sacra. Don’t think those are what DoTerra sells. Please have your sister check.

On the front page of our site, right under my photo and the SEARCH box are links to VERY effective immune support products available from Amazon. Highly recommend those for your sister to consider. Best wishes to her and your family!

Will December 12, 2015 at 4:40 pm

I have been struggling with headaches brought on by “trigger points” or muscle knots in my neck that just won’t go away despite trying about everything over the past two years. It seems there is a cycle going on where the central nervous system is on alert and the brain is sending these contraction signals to the muscles and then I am having pain as well.
I had someone share with me today about the amazing healing properties of essential oils. I think for me it will be a combo of healing the brains message and healing the muscles as well. Any thoughts?

Cynthe December 12, 2015 at 5:57 pm

Hi Will,

Has cervical or nerve damage been ruled out by your health care professionals? Are you engaged in any sort of repetitive work or sport that could be aggravating your symptoms? It’s important to figure out why your body is responding this way to eliminate those factors.

Great that essential oils were mentioned to you. They are AMAZING! Conifer oils are excellent for both pain and stress relief. Certain floral and herbal essential oils work well, too (ie. Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, etc.). Interestingly, many essential oils’ compounds cross the blood-brain barrier, so have the ability to heal the neural pathways as well.

We offer several synergistic blends you could consider to help your muscles affecting those trigger points relax: BackUp ~ ForSOOTHE™ ~ SweetBALM. If one blend or oil doesn’t offer relief, try others. Every body responds and heals differently and sometimes one has to experiment a bit to find the ‘perfect’ combo or therapeutic strategy. Let us know what you decide and how your body responds to essential oils.

Joyce December 19, 2015 at 8:03 pm


I just read that you shouldn’t use frankincense EO if you are currently on chemotherapy. Here is what I read. Many essential oils have protective & antioxidant effects on our cells, and there is a reasonable chance that they will do the same for cancer cells – protect them from the chemotherapy – which of course would not be a good thing. This opinion is shared by many. It probably sounds odd – you’re thinking that frankincense oil should kill cancer cells and not protect them – but the only evidence for killing cancer cells (apart from one skin cancer report) comes from a few lab tests when high concentrations were used.

Moderate amounts of EO will not kill cancer cells, but could protect them. And taking large amounts of essential oil could very well interfere with the chemotherapy itself, by increasing or decreasing the concentration of drug-metabolizing enzymes in the liver. By causing a chemo drug to be metabolized more quickly, you reduce the duration of its effect. On the other hand if you inhibit its metabolism you reduce the efficacy of the drug. Neither of these is desirable, and chemo drugs are very carefully dosed for each patient.

Can you share your thoughts? This is the first time I’ve read this. Can you still use it topically?

Cynthe December 20, 2015 at 8:09 am

Hi Joyce ~ This is an interesting subject that will continue to be debated. (BTW, I’d be interested in the source where you read the discussion.)

Simply put there are two radically different approaches to the treatment of cancers:
1) The current AMA approach to cancer treatment is to cut out (surgery), poison (chemotherapy), and burn (radiation) the cancerous tumors that are big enough to detect with toxic sugar solutions / CT scans. This approach causes massive collateral damage killing most fast growing healthy cells (intestines, stomach lining, hair, skin, and more.) and damaging the immune system.
2) A holistic approach supports the immune system to correct and eradicate the cancerous cells though diet, herbs, essential oils, lifestyle changes, mindful intent, prayer, and more. We discuss a few of these approaches on this blog.

My understanding from research I’ve done is that Frankincense has the ability to reprogram the DNA of our cells. DNA in cancerous cells is damaged causing the cells to ‘forget’ how to die, when they should. Frankincense also bolsters our immune systems, enabling the body to rally its resources to correct, destroy, to get rid off pathogens (damaging microbes, viruses, misbehaving cells…ie. cancer and more). So, the belief that Frankincense might ‘protect’ cancer cells is based on someone’s misunderstanding of how Frankincense supports our bodies.

The latest findings on chemo…and why to consider NOT using it: There is new evidence that chemo drugs cause the body to produce a substance that makes cancerous cells return with a vengeance, after an initial period of seemingly successful treatment. Read more about that clinical study explaining why chemo has such low success rate percentages. Here’s an excerpt:

“…It turns out that chemotherapy damages healthy cells, causing them to secrete a protein that accelerates the growth of cancer tumors. This protein, dubbed ‘WNT16B,’ is taken up by nearby cancer cells, causing them to ‘grow, invade, and importantly, resist subsequent therapy,’ said Peter Nelson of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. He’s the co-author of the study that documented this phenomenon, published in Nature Medicine.”

On the other hand, Frankincense will have a beneficial impact on our immune systems, making us more resilient. This process could very well negate the effects of chemo drugs, which destroy the immune system, or at the very least, impact it severely. Chemo treatment and use of Frankincense are diametrically opposed in how they function. My personal choice would be to use Frankincense along with other immune system supportive options.

Dick December 20, 2015 at 3:50 pm

I started using Frankincense oil, three months ago, (about 30 drops in 1 ounce of olive oil) rubbed on my thighs and lower abdomen around my prostate area. I had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, that was Stage 4, which a bone scan confirmed it had spread to my ribs and spine.

Also since early Summer I have been using one dropper full of medical marijuana (CBD that has no psycho effect) 5 or 6 times a day. Since I have been using it I believe that my health is improving with absolutely no pain or discomfort. CBD appears to be effective.

But, today I read that Frankincense Essential Oil can possibly reduce the effect of chemo on tumors. What about CBD?

Should I not use Frankincense with CBD?

Cynthe December 21, 2015 at 9:40 pm

Dick ~ Apologies for my delayed response. Am a bit busy with holiday preparations these days.

I am not an expert on the medical use of marijuana for cancer though have read with great interest about its positive effects. My understanding is the oil extracts that DO contain THC are the most effective with cancer…leading to complete remission for some users.

I would not anticipate marijuana and Frankincense to be incompatible. I have not read anything to that effect. Are you tracking your health improvements with PSA or other tests? Best wishes for your continued well-being!

Amy December 27, 2015 at 6:50 am

My mom with stomach cancer stage 4 . Can I help her with frank?

Cynthe December 27, 2015 at 7:39 am

Amy ~ Has the cancer metastasized to other parts of her body? She may want to consider some of the Frankincense applications we described in our pamphlet, Frankincense for Immune Support. If it’s still confined to her stomach, and if she’s no longer using chemo, drinking this gentle herbal detox tea made by FlorEssence (available on-line) and reading this book is highly recommended. From all the testimonials in the book and on-line, the tea supports the immune system to correct MANY health issues, even serious ones. Best wishes for your Mom and family.

Barbara January 25, 2016 at 7:55 pm

I am wondering the same thing that Joyce was.
Here is a link to the article:
I am undergoing radiation for breast cancer and using Frankincense mixed with argon oil….now I am wondering if this is wise…..

Cynthe January 26, 2016 at 6:37 pm

Barbara ~ Thanks for the link to that article. The expert quoted has a high profile in the EOs industry. From his statements I’ve read, the gentleman takes an extremely conservative approach to using essential oils…especially in situations like yours, where your immune system NEEDS holistic support in the face of your health challenges.

Here’s what one woman wrote about her experience just over a year ago: “This year I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After completing surgery and chemotherapy, I began a 7-week radiation treatment on the affected area. With my pale skin, the doctor prepared me for the worst (i.e., blisters, intense burning, and possibly scarring).

Throughout the radiation treatment I added Lavender essential oil to my routine, using it up to 3 or 4 times daily. I would mix it into the prescription cream that the doctor had me using.

The radiation burn did not become bad until about week 6. The blisters were kept under control, and I am happy to report NO scarring! My doctor was amazed at how great my skin tissue looked during and after radiation treatment. I would highly recommend this protocol for anyone undergoing radiation for breast cancer.”

Another woman shared a testimonial about her experience, 2 years ago: “I have just finished radiotherapy, otherwise known as radiation therapy. This consisted of 25 sessions, 20 minutes each, with installation. Earlier this year I had mastectomy and chemotherapy.

It took me about a week to find a good combination of oils and my own ‘procedure’ but as a result I didn’t suffer almost at all during radiotherapy.

Just AFTER each session, I was putting a couple of drops of Melrose on the treated area. Sometimes during the day or before going to sleep I was reapplying Melrose on my skin. The part of skin which received radiotherapy looks as if I have spent 3 weeks in Hawaii but nothing worse ;-).”

Although neither of these women used Frankincense, you can draw your own conclusions based on their real life experiences as to whether the essential oils were helpful or not. BTW, I just read about a study conducted in Spain on how Rosemary essential oil has been found to be particularly effective for radiation protection.

Best wishes for your health!

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