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 ~

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{ 59 comments… read them below or add one }

Martha L. Aponte April 9, 2013 at 8:09 pm

My father just started a combined radiotherapy with quimitherapy due to a nasopharynx carcinoma. I read in a book that aromatherapy should not be used when quimioterapy is ongoing.

I understand that frankincense oil is very beneficial to support cancer healing.

If it is something we could use, how and how often we should use? Many thanks.

Cynthe April 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Hello Martha ~ Yes, there are several encouraging clinical trials being done with cancer patients using Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra), in particular. If you read all the comments on this post as well as “ORANGE ~ Therapeutic Essential Oil As an Adjunct Cancer Therapy” you will find many holistic alternative therapies folks are using to bolster the body’s immune system. Do a search for ‘cancer’ on our site and all our related articles should come up for you to read through.

I am not familiar with ‘quimitherapy,’ so can’t speak to why aromatherapy is not recommended. Best wishes to your father and family in your search for the right combination of options to help him. Take care.

Martha L. Aponte April 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

It is chemotherapy. I had a typo in my previous message.

Gina April 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

My aunt has basal cell carcinoma and has already had two patches removed from her face. I have read that Frankincense is effective in treating basal cell. Can you tell me which Frankincense I should order (Boswellia carteri or Boswellia sacra)? I am confused about the difference between the two.
Thank you!

Cynthe April 16, 2013 at 10:19 am

Gina ~ Both types of Frankincense have natural anti-tumoral chemical compounds. And are great for immune support. I’d select Boswellia sacra, since recent clinical trials are so promising. Do have your aunt read all the articles we’ve posted on anti-cancer options, including the comments. There’s LOTS of helpful information to choose from. We also provide paid personal consultations with protocol ideas & resources, if she’s interested.

Cynthe April 16, 2013 at 10:25 am

Martha ~ Some therapeutic-quality essential oils and other alternative health protocols, like ionizing footbaths, detox poisonous chemo chemicals from the body. When walking a cancer path, the patient needs to choose therapies s/he believes in. If your father is interested in alternative adjunct cancer treatments, please have him or concerned family members read all the articles & comments. There are many protocols to choose from or better yet, combine.

Gina April 16, 2013 at 10:42 am

Thank you, Cynthe! Yes, we’ll be sure to read the articles on the anti-cancer treatment options. I’m SO THANKFUL there are safe, effective alternatives to conventional treatments! I know my aunt does not want the doctors hacking away at her face anymore. Blessings.

nisar April 25, 2013 at 6:43 am

Dear Sir,

I need Essential oils in bulk quantities for my company. Please confirm me if you are dealer of essential oil or please send me addresses which company deals in essential oils.
I need your urgent response.


Cynthe April 26, 2013 at 10:23 pm

Hello Nisar ~ I am not an essential oils distiller / manufacturer. Our specialty is developing recipes and making hand-crafted healing blends for individual clients. Thanks for your inquiry.

Vonnie Flemming April 30, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I am a consultant for doTerra Essential Oils. I am also a regular user of Frankincense as I had ovarian and peritoneal. Stage 3. Prognosis 2 to 3 years. Just completing 7th year. After 3 returns and chemo 3 times, I could not get through the third round. I had prayed much and felt led to do frankincense and eat a lot of whole foods and eliminate processes , most dairy & red meat. Eat small amount of fish & chicken.

I started getting better and have been doing this over a year & a half. Doing better all the time. Incredibly busy . Dropped that chemo weight . Life is good.

My husband has had great success with frankincense and skin cancer. Highly recommend.

Cynthe April 30, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Such good news! Vonnie ~ Everyone has their own story. Would you be willing to share how you used Frankincense EO in the past 18 months for dealing with the cancer you had? How did your husband use it for his skin cancers? I’m eager to get the word out on these awesome essential oils to others struggling with challenging cancer journeys. Thanks for coming by and taking a moment to share with us.

callistus ezeafulukwe June 11, 2013 at 4:40 pm

goodday madam, pls my 8years daughter has brain stem tumor known as (diffuse infiltrating pontine glioma DIPG), an unoperatable tumor. our Dr here in switzerlan doesnt know what next to do after radiation was conducted 30 times.he told us that our lovely daughter have just a short time to live. we are now left to our own faith. we have also been using the Frankincense product for 2wks now. pls kindly advice us on what next to do or any Dr that can heal her. pls help us. God bless you for ur good works.

Cynthe June 14, 2013 at 10:26 am

Dear Mr. Ezeafulukwe ~ Thank-you for writing and replying to the personal email inquiry. I am saddened to hear about your young daughter’s brain cancer. There are natural remedies that people are using in Europe and the USA, although one has to be very dedicated on finding sources and supplies. Many of these natural options are not inexpensive either, though compared to conventional drugs they are. But are not paid for by health insurance here. Perhaps Switzerland is more enlightened?

Read ALL the articles with suggestions for cancer that we have on our site. Type CANCER in the search box and the articles on Orange / Frankincense essential oils, lifestyle and nutrition ideas will show in a list.

One of the articles Conquering Cancer ~ Breakthrough Healing Protocols is posted on another website, where there are many many comments to read.

Please read ALL the comments and my replies for many suggestions of protocols (lifestyle, nutritional, therapeutic-quality essential oils, etc.) others have used with good effect are there. This article Complementary Holistic Adjunct Cancer & Disease Prevention Therapies has important suggestions on Iscador (originally developed in Switzerland), Essiac herbal tea, turmeric, and more.

Just this week, I read about using Cannabis oil as an alternative cancer therapy that is supporting remarkable response in babies and young children. Here is a YouTube video on how to make the oil.

And here is an in depth article by a parent using cannabis to treat her daughter for aggressive leukemia. Here’s an article from another parent inspired by the first one.

From the reading I’ve done, an intensive mixed approach of doing various nutritional protocols and alternating therapeutic essential oils with tested cancer destroying molecules gives the immune system the best chance of rallying.

I wish the best for your daughter and family.

Simon crosby July 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm

i love frankincense especially the green one, i found it at this website they got some great recipe idea for making this into a drink, they have links also where you can buy this oil from

J Canada August 27, 2013 at 11:44 pm

I am fascinated by frankincense and it’s tremendous healing potential. I read how much persons have been helped from cancer to parkinsons to people with stress. I am really amazed and thankful to God for placing such a tremendous potion for healing so many ailments. I myself suffer from trijeminal neuralgia and lupus and experience difficulties in speech and language at times and excruciating pain. While planning to give up on living, asking God to put me to sleep, the Holy Spirit took my attention to the computer where I typed in oil that can alleviate pain and came across a testimonial where someone’s speech was altered and got help from the frankincense oil by placing it under their tongue. However I have not placed it under my tongue I used it topically (my temple, back of neck, bottom of my feet, around my area of pain which is the left side of my face) and I have found tremendous relief. Thank God!
However I have used it with other things but I believe the frankincense is the cause of my relief. I started to put two drops of the oil in a glass of water and drink it. I am trying to get the crystals so soak in water and drink them because that is pure. Also they have the topical ones and the oil that can be ingested. God put it on the earth for the healing of the nation. Let us be vigilant in taking our health naturally by eating the right things and using natural herbs and essential oils to heal our damaged bodies. God said the herb of the land is for the healing of the nation.

Susan Gatlin December 26, 2013 at 8:11 am

I am considering frankincense. I want to know how I can be monitored while taking it. Is there some doctor that will do a scan to see if it is working? I’m just thinking if I don’t do chemo, my doctor will not do that. I don’t know though. Can you do chemo and frankincense together?

Cynthe December 26, 2013 at 11:27 am

Susan ~ Thanks for your comment. Keep in mind, choosing to use chemo, radiation, and/or alternative holistic cancer therapies are always personal decisions…NOT mandatory protocols. Usually when a person is dealing with cancer, they have a team, at least several doctors, monitoring them. It would be unprofessional, unethical and unkind for any of your doctors to disrespect your choices. It’s their professional responsibility to monitor your health, if you are their patient. If the MDs you are working with don’t, then find doctors who ARE supportive.

I don’t know what sort of cancer you are dealing with? You may email me privately and I will share a Frankincense protocol that supported a fellow in ridding his body of a large colon tumor quickly. Everybody is different and healing responses vary.

There are newer studies implicating chemo in making cancers more aggressive and fatal:

Tuesday, August 07, 2012
Chemotherapy backfires – Causes healthy cells to feed growth of cancer tumors
by Mike Adams

(NaturalNews) “Ever since chemotherapy was introduced into the practice of western medicine, doctors and oncologists have been trying to answer this nagging question: Why does chemotherapy seem to work at first, but then cancer tumors cells grow back even more aggressively while the body becomes resistant to chemotherapy?

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.

This protein, it turns out, explains why cancer tumors grow more aggressively following chemotherapy treatments. In essence, chemotherapy turns healthy cells into WNT16B factories which churn out this ‘activator’ chemical that accelerates cancer tumor growth.

The findings of the study were confirmed with prostate cancer, breast cancer and ovarian cancer tumors. This discovery that chemotherapy backfires by accelerating cancer tumor growth is being characterized as ‘completely unexpected’ by scientists.”

If my husband or I were facing cancer, we would choose Frankincense rather than chemo. We’d also make various lifestyle changes, incorporating other holistic health-supporting nutritional foods and herbs. Search our site for more ‘cancer’ articles and ways to bolster your body’s health. Best wishes to you.

Pamela Andrade February 24, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Thanks for the information on Healing.
Can you send me the protocol you mentioned for colon cancer using Frankincense oil?


Cynthe February 24, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Pamela ~ Glad you’ve found our site and are considering Frankincense for its healing applications.

Since we receive many requests for this information, I have created a NEW handy instructional packet ‘Frankincense for Immune Support with Cancer’ $19.95 (PDF) describing TWO detailed, easy-to-follow Frankincense protocols. The PDF includes resource links for purchasing Frankincense. Plus reference links about current research being done with Frankincense cancer therapies in the USA and abroad.

We accept credit card payments over the phone: 707-542-0280 (9am-9pm California time) or I can email a Paypal invoice, whichever you prefer.

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