7 Frankincense And Myrrh Essential Oil Blend Uses

Essential Oil Blends

There are a few must-use essential oil blends you should have at the top of your list. For example, lavender and chamomile for sleep, peppermint and clary sage for menstrual cramps, and frankincense and myrrh essential oil blend for just about everything else! Maybe you’ve only heard about frankincense and myrrh from the biblical reference with the three wise men. Or, perhaps, you’re a seasoned frankincense and myrrh essential oil blend enthusiast. Either way, coming up we have some of the best ways to use these oils in sickness and in health.

What’s in a Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oil Blend?

A frankincense and myrrh essential oil blend typically contains just these two oils mixed together. Sometimes the blend might already have another neutral carrier oil mixed in as well, and/or a third essential oil for added benefit or aroma. You’ll have to check your bottle label to know for sure what’s in your specific blend. But the question remains, what exactly is frankincense and myrrh?

Well, frankincense and myrrh are both tree resin from separate, but related, trees. What is resin, you ask? It is just a sticky substance, similar to sap, that oozes out of a tree. You can make an essential oil product from the frankincense and myrrh resin, just like any other essential oil process. In short, the resin goes through a steam distillation process to extract the pure essential oils.

What Does Frankincense and Myrrh Smell Like?

Frankincense and myrrh blend for candles and aromatherapy
Frankincense and myrrh both share warm, spicy, and slightly sweet aromas.

Frankincense and myrrh are both from trees of the same family (Burseraceae), so they have similar smells. They both have warm, spicy, and slightly sweet aromas. However, they also have noticeable distinctions. Myrrh is more smoky and woodsy, while frankincense is earthy and sharp.

For centuries, humans have been combining the smell and benefits of these two oils together.[1] Their value was so high that they were used in temples and religious sites and even as trade currency.[2] You can try it out for yourself and it might become one of your favorite topical treatments or favorite smelling essential oil blends.

7 Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oil Blend Uses

1. Ease anxiety and depression

Frankincense essential oil for easing anxiety

If you suffer from either or both of these impairments, you should try a frankincense and myrrh essential oil blend. The resin from the tree family that frankincense and myrrh come from has anti-depressant qualities that can calm you simply by inhaling the aroma.[3]

Plus, one study used a frankincense aromatherapy massage to ease depression in terminally ill cancer patients.[4] The results proved that the group with the essential oil blend had reduced pain and depression.

To diffuse this blend: Add equal drops of these oils into your essential oil diffuser according to the instructions. Now sit back and let the room fill up with a grounding and elevating aroma.

2. Elevate your yoga practice

Frankincense and myrrh blends with other essential oils to elevate spirituality

This blend encompasses many aspects of your spirituality.[5] Therefore, it is well known in the yoga community. Because frankincense and myrrh essential oil blends come from resin, it relates back to the earth and can ground you.

These oils support your tranquility and help steady your heart chakra. Plus, they have spiritual associations that date back to ancient eras. It is great to inhale before or during a yoga practice.

For direct inhalation: Start with about 6 drops of carrier oil in the palm of your hand, then add in one or two drops of each oil and rub together. Cup your nose with your hands and inhale deeply.

3. Treat skin wounds

Myrrh essential oil bottle for healing skin wounds

Whether it is your kid’s skinned knees from playing outside, or your own dry and cracked knuckles in the winter, this blend can help. Both frankincense and myrrh oils are antibacterial and aid in healing skin wounds.[6]

On top of that, research shows that they can aid in easing eczema and dermatitis too.[7] So add them to your favorite lotion or treatment cream for an amped up solution to all your skin needs.

To use in lotion or cream: For each 30ml of lotion or cream, add in about six drops each of frankincense and myrrh essential oils. Stir or shake together well and apply to your skin.

Fun Fact: The Boswellia tree that both oils come from, can help protect and rebuild your nervous system from damage.[8] One study tracked the recovery of a traumatic brain injury to find that Boswellia resin aided in helping the nervous system functions.[9]

4. Make all-natural DIY perfume

Bottles of frankincense and myrrh essential oils

Modern perfume is heavy with chemically-crafted floral and citrus tones. But natural fragrances, such as a frankincense and myrrh essential oil blend, were the perfume of choice back in the day. It was even one of ancient Greece’s favorite fragrance choices.[10]

The heady and celestial aroma of these oils can make for a compelling scent that can calm you and anyone you walk by.

To make DIY perfume: Add one part each of frankincense, myrrh, and lavender essential oils to a roller bottle. Add in two parts of neutral-smelling carrier oil. Roll onto your wrists or neck whenever you need a perfume boost.

Why not make a DIY essential oils cologne while you’re in the fragrance-making mood?

5. Reverse skin aging signs

Bottle of myrrh essential oil to prevent skin aging

The antioxidant effects of these oils make it great for fighting skin damage that accumulates over the years. The tree resin that both oils come from has high antioxidant and free-radical scavenging activity.[11]

Myrrh was even found to be more effective at fighting free-radical damage than vitamin E.[12] These two oils together can help you regain a healthy, youthful glow.

To make night serum: Combine 1 drop of frankincense and 1 drop of myrrh with 1 tsp of coconut oil in the palm of your hand. The coconut oil is hydrating for dry, cracked skin.[13] Rub your hands together to mix and apply to your face, neck, and chest in a thin layer.

6. Reduce inflammation

Frankincense myrrh and other spices to help inflammation

Inflammatory diseases, such as dermatitis, or allergy skin flare-ups, can be painful and sometimes embarrassing. Thankfully, a frankincense and myrrh essential oil blend can help these issues reduce quickly.

A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology discovered that these oils, especially myrrh, can reduce the pain and time of recovery for inflammation-induced pain.[14] You could reap these same benefits when using this blend topically as a relief for your dermatitis or muscle inflammation.

To use for inflamed skin or pain: Combine four drops each of frankincense, myrrh, and peppermint essential oils with 30ml of carrier oil. The added peppermint will help give a cooling sensation to ease any other discomfort you may be feeling. Gently rub the mixture onto your affected area.

7. Support gut health

Bottle of frankincense myrrh blend for gut health

Irregular bowel movements can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. However, frankincense and myrrh oils are here to help.

One study showed that the Boswellia tree resin, found in both oils, can relieve diarrhea for chronic sufferers better than the placebo.[15] The same resin also helped reduce symptoms in people with chronic colitis.[16] Out of 20 people in the study, 14 patients went into remission.

To rub on your stomach: Combine three drops each of frankincense and myrrh oils with 30ml of carrier oil. You can rub this blend on your stomach to promote your own gut health even if you are not a chronic sufferer.

Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oil Blends Uses

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