What Is Frankincense Essential Oil and How to Use It

BY Tammy Fender · November 29, 2016


As most of my friends know, it’s almost impossible to catch me without a few key essential oils in my bag, though these tend to change with the seasons, and with the guidance of intuition. Lately, however, as the days draw short, there is one warm, comforting essence that I’m drawn to again and again—both for myself, and when working with clients in the treatment room—frankincense. This incredible healing resin, revered among holistic healers for thousands of years, has the ability to help so many of us right now. It’s an energy cleanser and an immunity booster, renowned for its ability to heal wounds and to ease stress and anxiety. 

And there are plenty of easy ways to infuse this sacred frankincense energy into your days. At home you might use a couple of drops of frankincense essential oil on a hot towel for steam inhalation or to moisten the skin. You might apply the oil to pressure points before meditation, or before sleep, or at anytime during the day when you are simply ready to relax. In the same way, frankincense powder brings a transporting ethereal luxury to a warm bath, as does burning the raw resin as incense in a brazier. Of course, frankincense is also one of the most potent skin-rejuvenating ingredients in my Quintessential Serum blend, an ultra-concentrated nutritive serum that also enhances the skin’s natural barrier, sealing in benefits and protecting delicate tissues from environmental factors.

Frankincense has an earthy, warm vibration that I’ve found matched by a simple warming elixir I’ve been enjoying most mornings and, honestly, which I’ve been sipping throughout the day. It’s made from fresh juiced turmeric root and ginger root blended into hot water with whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, manuka honey and a big squeeze of lemon. (You can also grate or slice the two roots if juicing is not an option.) The blend is enlivening, bright, golden and sweet—and delivers a wonderful dose of natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents to protect skin and body. I love everything about it—the way it looks in the glass pitcher, the spicy-sweet taste, the warmth of the connection I feel to the healing ingredients when I drink it. (In addition, including a dash of cayenne can taste so right–and offer an extra healing boost–when suffering a cold.)

These days, I too am so drawn towards simplicity in almost every aspect of my life, paring my skin care routine down to the essentials, streamlining, even as it effects my daily meditation. Lately, I’ve found myself making more time for sky-gazing recently, just gently connecting and reconnecting with the sky above, both morning and night. It doesn’t get any simpler—or more spectacularly beautiful—than that. 

Tammy Fender

Aesthetician Tammy Fender became renowned for her signature facials, post-op healing treatments, and highly personalized services after opening the doors of her Palm Beach atelier many years ago. With over 25 years of extensive experience in botany, ... Read More >