Which Frankincense Essential Oil Should You Use?

At Real Oil, we’ve got something really good … three (technically four) choices for pure frankincense essential oil. That means you’ve got options. We offer three types of this ancient and powerful balm so that we can meet all types of wellness needs and accommodate all sorts of budgets.

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There certainly is overlap in how these three versions of Frankincense – SerrataCarterii, and Sacred – function, smell, and interact on a personal level. They are all three pure, highest quality essential oil from the resin of the Boswellia tree. They all have a common woody, earthy scent. All three can calm feelings of tenderness and cramping in joints, muscles, and gut. They can all be used to soothe cuts, scrapes, rashes, scars, blemishes, and minor burns on the skin. All can give feelings of easy breathing and support immunity health when used in a diffuser. But there are also some notable differences to consider when picking which Frankincense is right for you.

Frankincense serrata Essential Oil

Frankincense serrata is a great introduction for those new to essential oils. It is sourced from India, and has a sweet and delicate scent with lemon and pine undertones. Serrata costs less than its Frankincense sisters, and can be a good choice when you are experimenting with oils, or when you need to use Frankincense in bulk. The delicate scent of serrata blends well with the sunny strength of lime, or the warm base of Cedarwood. Plus we have our Organic variation for added level of purity for those looking.

Frankincense carterii Essential Oil

Frankincense carterii is a step up in quality from basic serrata. It is sourced from the mountains of Somalia, and is sometimes called Egyptian Frankincense. The scent is rich, smooth, relaxing, with subtle floral notes. Those who use Frankincense in quantity often choose carterii for its balance of quality, purity and value. Carterii goes especially well with mild floral-citrus scents such as Lemongrass and Lavender.

Sacred Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia sacra)

Frankincense Sacred (sacra) is a superior product sourced ONLY from Oman, Arabia. It has a deep, warm and resinous scent with hints of citrus. When you are serious about your Frankincense essential oil, this is the product for you. It is often recommended for those who use Frankincense to address more serious wellness concerns, for those who use it daily on the face, and for those who have especially sensitive skin. It is more expensive, but many find the quality and natural power worth the price. Versatile Sacred Frankincense works as a base for whatever you throw at it … but balances well with a burst of Sweet Orange or the herby strength of Oregano.

To get started with Frankincense, first understand its strengths. For topical applications, Frankincense is especially powerful. Try adding it to a face mask to rejuvenate and boost your appearance. Or add a few drops to your lotion to hydrate and soothe the skin daily.

Sacred Frankincense works extremely well with Rosehip carrier oil or Jojoba carrier oil, give either a try for another very good topical application option.

Frankincense is spiritually calming and centering. Diffuse it during study, meditation, prayer, or exercise for feelings of focus and stress relief.

Whatever version of Real Oil Frankincense you choose, you’ve got a great product to work with. Each has strength, personality, and power of pure essential oil. And although they are similar, each has character that is unique, powerful, and entirely natural.

Have Questions?  Leave a comment at the bottom of the post and our Essential Oil Artisan will get right back to you.

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    • Thanks for sharing Brenda! What an interesting dream! Have you been using Frankincense and Myrrh yet? They are two powerful oils that complement one another very well when combined.

    • Great question Cindy! We want to be sure anyone who comes across our brand uses our products safely. Our oils are 100% pure, and are free of synthetics, adulterants and pollutants. However, ingesting essential oils involves more risk than other methods of administration. As such, we turn to the experts to provide that kind of direction. If we can reference essential oil experts Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young…

      “With oral administration there is a greater risk of overdose, of gastric irritation, and of interactions with medications. Therefore only practitioners who are qualified to diagnose, trained to weigh risks against benefits, and have a knowledge of essential oil pharmacology should prescribe essential oils for oral administration.” [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, Essential Oil Safety (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), p.50.]

      We suggest you contact a trusted medical professional for guidance on whether ingestion is the best method for you.

      Meanwhile, we provide GC/MS tests, conducted by a reputable third party lab, for all of our products directly on our website. You are welcome to download, review, and take them to your trusted professional so that they can better assist you.

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  2. Hi which of these Frankincense work best in the diffuser? I need it for breathing and stress. My husband and Ibhave COPD. Thank You Debbie

    • Hey Debbie,

      you could use any of the Frankincense essential oils in the diffuser. If you don’t want to spend as much on the Sacred Frankincense, our Frankincense Carterii is a great option. You could also look at diffusing our Breathe Free blend if you haven’t tried that yet. Below I have included a link to that blend in case you were interested in learning more about it.


      Let me know if you have additional questions.

    • Hi Ronnetta,

      because we are not trained professionals we cannot say which would be best to help you with that. Typically if you are using the Frankincense for targeted use, the Sacred Frankincense is the go to oil for most customers. We do always recommend diluting the essential oils with carrier oils before use to ensure that our customers are using them safely. I can send you more information on dilution if you would like.

      In good health,

    • Hi Fran,

      the great thing about essential oils is that you are able to mix and match, creating your own wonderful recipes. We do have a lot of blends, diffuser recipes and ideas for oils to help you if you are looking to use the oils for a certain need. We would be happy to help you out so just let us know.

      In good health,

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