12 Oils of the Bible-Frankincense-Part 1

Therapeutic-grade Frankincense essential oilIf you are a reader of the Bible, you know that essential oils are mentioned many times throughout.  The Bible has more than 500 references to at least 33 species of essential oils and/or the herbs from which they are distilled.  All of the oils used by the people of Bible times are still used today, although not always for the same purposes.


Is mentioned in the Bible 22 times, the most familiar of which is regarding the gifts to the baby Jesus from the wise men. Mary and Joseph would have known, without any explanation from the wise men that it was customary to anoint newborn sons of kings and priests with the oil of frankincense, which they no doubt did for their newborn child.

Also known as “olibanum,” or “Oil from Lebanon” the name frankincense is derived from the Medieval French word for “real incense.” Frankincense is considered the “holy anointing oil” in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It was well known during the time of Christ for its anointing and healing powers and was one of the gifts given to Christ at His birth.

“Used to treat every conceivable ill known to man,” frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it. It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, Ebers Papyrus (dating from sixteenth century BC) an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes.

Matthew 2:11—“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshiped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

Scriptures: Exodus 30:34,; Leviticus 2:1, 1, 15, 16: 5:11; 6:15; 24:7, Numbers 5:15; 16:46-50 (Arron stops a plague); 1 Chronicles 9:29; Nehemiah 13:5, 9; Song of Solomon 3:6; 4:6, 14; Isaiah 59:20; 60:3, 6 (These verses from Isaiah prophesy the gifts of the wise men) Isaiah 66:3; Jeremiah 6:20; 17:26; 41:5 (NOTE: these six references from Isaiah and Jeremiah, are translated as “incense” in the King James Version.  However, the Hebrew in all cases is “lebonah: which is frankincense.  Matthew 2:11 (Three wise men’s visit) Revelations 18:1312 Oils of the Ancient Scripture | Bible Oils

Frankincense was considered a cure-all by the people of Biblical times and for those who could afford it, it was applied to cuts, bruises, and wounds of all kinds, as well as a inhaled and taken internally. Frankincense comes from a tree requiring a very unique desert climate. It grows only in North Africa and the Southern Arabian peninsula. The oil received by Jesus as a baby came from the same areas where Young Living gets it’s Frankincense today.

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Not only was frankincense used as a holy anointing oil, it was also one of the ingredients in the holy incense of the Hebrews (Exodus 30:34-37) burned perpetually in their tabernacles for more than a thousand years, through the time of Christ. Today one can still experience the fragrance of Frankincense in Catholic Churches where it has been customarily diffused for more than 2000 years.

While it has been used to treat every conceivable ill known to man for thousands of years, modern experience has shown that the fragrance of frankincense is an antidepressant and helps in overcoming stress and despair, as well as supporting the immune system. It has also been found helpful with allergies, insect and snake bites, bronchitis, cancer, pneumonia, diphtheria, headaches, hemorrhaging, high blood pressure, typhoid, and warts.

Frankincense has always been a popular fragrance for perfumes and lotions, from ancient times to the present. In fact, it is found in several modern products, including Youth Dew® (Estee Lauder) and the all-time best-selling after-shave lotion, Old Spice® (Shulton).

Egyptian tradition says that “Frankincense is good for everything from gout to a broken head” or in other words “good from head to toe”.  If in doubt, use Frankincense.

Wood from Frankincense and Myrrh was burned by tribes for warmth and cooking. They received benefits of oil vapors through the smoke and were blessed with the healing power of the vapors.

Source: Oleo-gum-resin from the trunks and limbs of the tree.

Ancient Uses:

Holy Anointing Oil, a cure-all used to enhance meditation and elevate spiritual  consciousness, thought to assist one in the transition of death, used for embalming, and perfume.   Frankincense was used to anoint the new born sons of kings and priests, which may have been why it was brought to the baby Jesus.

Modern Uses:

Monoterpenes reprogram cellular memory thus promoting permanent healing; helps maintain normal cellular regeneration; cancer, depression, allergies, headaches, bronchitis, herpes, tonsillitis, typhoid, warts brain damage, massive head injuries, stimulates body’s production of white corpuscles (immune builder)

Applications: Diffuse, topically, orally, incense.

Found in: Gathering, Humility, Inspiration, Awaken, Forgiveness, Harmony, Exodus II, 3 Wise Men, Abundance Acceptance, Brain Power, Trauma Life and Valor

Uses of Frankincense:

  • Put a drop on an insect bite to help reduce swelling and speed healing.*
  • Apply 1-2 drops on temples and/or back of neck to help improve concentration.*
  • Apply 1-3 drops on each foot to help strengthen the immune system.*
  • Dilute 1 drop in 1tsp. honey or 4 oz. rice milk and ingest daily for health maintenance.*
  • Dilute 50/50 with V-6 Mixing Oil and apply to a blistered area 3-5 times daily as needed.*
  • Diffuse or inhale from the bottle to help with mood elevation.*
  • Dilute 50/50 with V-6 Mixing Oil and massage 6-9 drops onto each foot at night to help with sore feet.*
  • Apply 1-3 drops to shoulders stomach and bottoms of feet to help with low mood induced insomnia.*
  • Apply 1-3 drops on nails and at base of nails, 3 times per week to help strengthen brittle or weak nails.*
  • Rub a few drops on stretch marks 2 times a day.*

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Now is a wonderful time of year to purchase 12 Oils of Ancient Scripture.  Twelve Oils of Ancient Scripture™ contains the twelve most significant oils found in the Bible. Young Living’s wish in bringing them to you is that you will savor and enjoy the beautiful fragrances and intriguing histories of these precious pure essential oils. Gary Young draws on his travels to biblical lands and explains the twelve oils on an audio CD, also included in this collection.

Contains: Twelve Single Oils (5ml bottles): Aloes/sandalwood (Santalum album), cassia (Cinnamomum cassia), cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica), cypress (Cupressus sempervirens), frankincense (Olibanum — Boswellia carteri), galbanum (Ferula gummosa), hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), myrtle (Myrtus communis), onycha (pronounced oh-nigh-kah, a very thick oil, remove the plastic orifice and warm the bottle in your hand so that the oil will flow — Styrax benzoin), Rose of Sharon/cistus (Labdanum — Cistus ladanifer), and spikenard (Nardostachys jatamansi).

Frankincense oil is found in: Gathering, Humility, Inspiration, Awaken, Forgiveness, Harmony, Exodus II, 3 Wise Men, Abundance, Acceptance, Brain Power, Trauma Life, Valor.

Enjoy your journey of discovery of greater spirituality with these gifts from our Father, brought to us through Gary Young, founder of Young Living essential oils.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Read other Oils of the Bible articles:

12 Oils of the Bible-Myrrh-Part 2

12 Oils of the Bible-Aloes-Sandalwood-Part 3

12 Oils of the Bible-Cassia-Part 4

12 Oils of the Bible-Cedarwood-Part 5

12 Oils of the Bible-Cypress-Part 6

12 Oils of the Bible-Galbanum-Part 7

12 Oils of the Bible-Hyssop-Part 8

12 Oils of the Bible-Myrtle-Part 9

12 Oils of the Bible-Onycha-Part 10

12 Oils of the Bible-Rose of Sharon-Part 11

12 Oils of the Bible-Spikenard-Part 12

Resources:  “Healing Oils of the Bible” David Stewart, PH D.

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