Frankincense, King of the Oils


This is the fourth and final post in a series of posts providing a deep dive into ten of doTERRA’s most popular essential oils.  These oils have been bundled into kits to make it easier to get started with. Checkout our previous post for more information on these essential oils and how to order them today.

Essential oils are able to help you achieve a wide variety of health goals. These include: relieving tension, improving sleep quality, improving energy throughout the day, easing digestion, opening the airways and improving respiration, providing immune support, supporting aching muscles and promoting healthy joint function.  This post will focus on Frankincense, one of the most powerful oils to support cellular health, go over some of it’s uses and the science behind them.



When you hear about frankincense, it may have you thinking of the Biblical story of the Three Wise Men bringing gifts to the baby Jesus along with gold and myrrh. That is because even 2000 years ago, Frankincense was valued for analgesic properties (check out this link for a historical perspective). Today, doTERRA’s frankincense comes from Africa, in the ancient hills of Somalia, where people have been tending these trees for generations. There are three types of trees from which the resin is harvested Boswellia carterii, frereana, and sacra.

Frankincense essential oil, and its primary chemical component, alpha-pinene, is best known for supporting cellular health. Alpha-pinene has been shown to support healthy joints, cartilage, and skin by supporting healthy cell function well as clearing abnormal cells. While Frankincense essential oil alone is not recommended to cure or treat any disease, it can support other treatments with beta-elemene, which is also found in black pepper and curcumin.

Finally, its usage can improve our emotional health, and can be blended with other uplifting oils for emotional support by diffusing or topical application.



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If you like this oil and the research backing their benefits, we have nine more that come bundled together in enrollment kits. For details on those kits check out this post  or contact us directly.

In addition to frankincense, we have the starter trio:  lemon, lavender, and peppermint, some oil blends that help with physical discomfort and improving athletic performance, and others that are great at boosting the immune system.

If you would like to connect with us, please join our facebook group which focuses on having an uplifting conversation about essential oil usage.

As always, these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


  • Bhushan, S., Kumar, A., Malik, F., Andotra, S. S., Sethi, V. K., Kaur, I. P., … Singh, J. (2007). A triterpenediol from Boswellia serrata induces apoptosis through both the intrinsic and extrinsic apoptotic pathways in human leukemia HL-60 cells. Apoptosis, 12(10), 1911–1926.
  • Blain, E. J., Ali, A. Y., & Duance, V. C. (2010). Boswellia frereana (frankincense) suppresses cytokine-induced matrix metalloproteinase expression and production of pro-inflammatory molecules in articular cartilage. Phytotherapy Research : PTR, 24(6), 905–912.
  • Huang, C., & Yu, Y. (2017). Synergistic Cytotoxicity of beta-Elemene and Cisplatin in Gingival Squamous Cell  Carcinoma by Inhibition of STAT3 Signaling Pathway. Medical Science Monitor : International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research, 23, 1507–1513.
  • Kim, D.-S., Lee, H.-J., Jeon, Y.-D., Han, Y.-H., Kee, J.-Y., Kim, H.-J., … Hong, S.-H. (2015). Alpha-Pinene Exhibits Anti-Inflammatory Activity Through the Suppression of MAPKs and the NF-kappaB Pathway in Mouse Peritoneal Macrophages. The American Journal of Chinese Medicine, 43(4), 731–742.
  • Moussaieff, A., Shein, N. A., Tsenter, J., Grigoriadis, S., Simeonidou, C., Alexandrovich, A. G., … Shohami, E. (2008). Incensole acetate: a novel neuroprotective agent isolated from Boswellia carterii. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism : Official Journal of the International Society of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 28(7), 1341–1352.

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