Known as the king of essential oils, in ancient times frankincense was considered to be one of the most valuable commodities.
History shows that this was often used for its anti-inflammation benefits. A 2011 review of studies this to some extent today, especially for inflammation and pain.
One 2014 study suggested it could be helpful for arthritis, though the research was performed on animals. Alternative practitioners may use it or recommend using it for either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.
To use: A dilution of essential oil can be applied for pain and inflammation topically for unbroken skin. Essential oils must be diluted before applying to the skin. Dilute every 1 drop of essential oil with 1 ounce of a carrier oil
One of olibanum’s oldest uses is as a wound healer. A 2011 laboratory study showed this to be effective due to its antimicrobial properties. It can kill bacteria and other microbes that might cause infection or illness.
To use: Olibanum essential oil (or frankincense essential oil) can be diluted with a carrier oil and used lightly as an antiseptic for minor wounds. Dilute 1 drop in every 1 ounce of a carrier oil like apricot kernel seed oil.
If your infection worsens, talk to your doctor. Discuss beforehand with your doctor if using olibanum oil is a good option.
Laboratory research suggests that olibanum could have cardioprotective benefits. It appears to do this by lowering blood lipids, reducing plaque, and by working as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
To use: Apply diluted essential oils topically, 1 to 3 drops per 1 ounce of a carrier oil. Apply to points like the neck or wrists daily.
Olibanum’s antioxidant benefits for the heart may also carry over to the liver.
A 2013 study showed that the oil’s antioxidant effects could help protect liver cells. A 2011 study on mice showed olibanum was effective against hepatitis and liver fibrosis as an anti-inflammatory.
To use: Apply diluted essential oils topically, 1 drop per 1 ounce of a carrier oil. Apply to points like the neck or wrists daily.