Frankincense Essential Oil: Ancient Healing Benefits for Mind, Body & Soul

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Frankincense essential oil is known as the “King of Oils” and is one the most popular natural remedies on the market today. And for good reason! It's anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer power has been on the radar of researchers around the globe for several years now, and science is starting to catch up to traditional folk medicine!

History of Frankincense

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Interestingly, frankincense has always been in high demand and history tells us many fascinating things about how ancient cultures used it. 

Tradition tells us that, in Babylon, nearly 60,000 pounds of frankincense resin burned annually for its aromatics and its role in rituals. Later, we see the Magi bringing frankincense along with gold and myrrh to the infant Jesus. More than a costly, fragrant gift, the ancient healing benefits of frankincense are well documented and have made this tree resin famous today.

Ayurvedic medicine, in practice for centuries, uses frankincense (referred to as “dhoop” and it use as “dhoopan”) for wound healing, female hormonal issues, arthritis, and air purification. In many cultures – including Somali, Ethiopian, Arabian, and Indian – frankincense has daily uses. Burning it in the house is said to bring good health, and burning it in the evening is meant to purify the home and the residents' clothing. (1)

Frankincense Essential Oil Properies

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii, Boswellia serrata, and the other Boswellia species), as with all plants and their essential oils, carries many different molecules with different purposes. Some stand out as prominent in certain substances, as is the case with boswellic acids (BAs) in frankincense.

However, ask any chemist and they will tell you that BAs are too large to pass the steam distillation process. Oddly enough, there are still bad essential oil studies that claim they are indeed part of frankincense oil. (2) Subsequently, the jury is still out as to the exact mechanism(s) explaining why frankincense essential oil is so beneficial to cancer patients.

Nonetheless, the healing benefits of frankincense resin has traditionally centered on disease prevention and anti-inflammatory properties, and researchers have been able to confirm that boswellic acids contain a potent ability to modify the immune system as well. (3) Part of having a more efficient immune system is the regulation of inflammation, as well, which can have effects topically or systemically. (4)

This is why it's important to supplement with Boswellia resins. Formulated by my friend Sunil Pai, MD Integrative Medicine expert and medical director of Sanjevani Integrative Medicine Health & Lifestyle Center, Bosmeric-SR™ is the strongest natural supplement for pain and inflammation support. Here are the specs:

  • Clinically tested, this unique sustained release formulation of patented ingredients delivers superior absorption and release over an 8 hour period.
  • Each bi-layered caplet delivers the highest dosages available of Curcumin C3 Complex® (curcumin longa) [250 mg]; Boswellin® PS (Polysal) – 35% boswellic acids + 10% AKBBA + 35% Polysal™ (boswellia serrata); and Ginger Extract (zingiber officinale) 20% Gingerols. In addition BioPerine® (piper nigrum) is added to further enhance bio-availability.
  • These ingredients support inflammatory physiological response mechanisms which are critical to the health of the entire body and have been shown to play a crucial role in supporting cardiovascular, immune, neurological, gastrointestinal, joint and connective tissue systems.
  • Research now suggest that most, if not all disease, begins with inflammation.

Check it out for yourself HERE!

Another promising property is the proposed frankincense cancer cure that we've read so much about in the past few years. In several studies, frankincense has demonstrated anti-cancer properties and the ability to mitigate many different kinds of cancer cells. (5) As more studies are conducted, the implications of this ability will be exciting to watch unfold!

The jury is still out as to the exact mechanism(s) explaining why frankincense essential oil is so beneficial to cancer patients. However, advances in recent research suggest that Beta-elemene – a cancer fighting terpene found in frankincense and myrrh with the ability to cross the blood brain barrier – may be partly responsible.

As stated by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,

“Beta-elemene is a compound found in plants such as celery, mint, and in many others used in traditional medicine. Although the pure form is not used as dietary supplement, some cancer patients use herbs high in beta-elemene as treatment. Beta-elemene was shown to prevent growth of cancer cells in laboratory cells by different mechanisms. A few poorly designed studies done in humans showed that it may improve quality of life in cancer patients. It is unclear if raw herbs containing beta-elemene have the same effects in humans. More research is needed.” (6)

Some even suggest that the amount of β-elemene that frankincense and myrrh contain could very well explain why so many people claim that both oils have been instrumental to them beating cancer God's way. (7)

At the end of the day, once we know the basic properties of an herb, root and resin we are able to determine the best ways to utilize it. Let's take a closer look at what the components of frankincense mean for our daily lives…

1. Boosting the Immune System

The immune system is intricate and amazing, interacting with every system of the body to prevent and fight disease. One of the primary mechanisms of the immune system is the influx of white blood cells, or lymphocytes, the main defense method that the body has. Inflammation is another component of the immune system, but in an unhealthy body, it goes overboard and becomes problematic.

By studying the way that frankincense affects the immune system in mice, we have an idea of its interaction with our own immune response. In Phytotherapy Research, the results of this study were noted to include:

  • Cytokine production
  • Slowed hypersensitivity
  • Increased immunoglobins
  • Improved T-cell interactions

The bottom line is that multiple areas of the immune system are regulated under the influence of frankincense. (8)

2. Fighting Pain and Inflammation

The beauty of immunomodulators is that they can stimulate an under-productive immune system that allows illness to creep in, while also relaxing an over-productive immune system that attacks itself or benign substances with inflammation, often becoming painful, chronic, and debilitating.

By regulating inflammation, frankincense oil is a powerful tool not only for acute illness but for chronic and autoimmune disorders such as Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, and bronchial asthma. Weight and other metabolic issues are tied to inflammation as well, so even when these chronic conditions are not an issue, inflammatory illness is still a concern to monitor and prevent.

While inflammatory conditions are often painful, frankincense can help with other pain relief as well. In Omani culture, it is traditionally used for pain in muscles, intestinal discomfort, and arthritic pain. (10)

In 2014, researchers local to Oman tested frankincense essential oil and extracts to validate this practice compared with aspirin. Of the various preparations tested, frankincense oil showed the strongest pain inhibiting results with over 50% in both early and late phase pain. Researchers concluded that,

“The present study provided the scientific justification about the analgesic properties of the essential oils, extract, and various sub-fractions obtained from the resin of B. sacra, thus validating its use in traditional folk medicines and other products; and hence supporting the development in the analgesic properties of bioactive natural substances.” (11)

3. Preventing & Treating Cancer

While we do know that the various forms of frankincense (essential oils, extracts, pure resin, etc.) the potential to fight cancer, much is left to be understood, making this a controversial topic in the natural health and research world.

Studies continue to emerge, however, demonstrating the anti-cancer effects on bladder (13), breast (14) and skin (15) cancers

For those who have added frankincense to their cancer care plan, the benefits may go beyond anti-tumor effects. Conventional treatment is often still required, but can be more painful and difficult than the symptoms of cancer itself. Brain cancer patients, for example, sometimes experience swelling in the head called cerebral edema after their tumors have been removed. Steroid treatment is common but also associated with difficult side effects and complications.

Frankincense, on the other hand, has shown remarkable effects against this particular problem. In 2011, a clinical trial evaluating 44 individuals monitored frankincense as a remedy for cerebral edema. In 60% of the patients, the swelling was reduced by 75% or more. The concluding remarks called for frankincense to be prescribed for cerebral edema in these circumstances, avoiding the struggles of steroid therapy. (19)

For a similar call for a shift in treatment protocol, much more research must be done. Unfortunately, because cancer is such a deadly disease with a limited opportunity to administer effective treatments, testing the efficacy of alternative treatments, administering control studies, and adjusting administration and dosage all pose ethical roadblocks. So while specific answers may come slowly, it's plain to see that the potential and properties exist. With little to no side effects associated with frankincense essential oil, we have little to lose and much to gain when adding it to our daily routines or pairing it with cancer protocols in conjunction with an oncological approach.

Recommendations: In spite of the frankincense oil cancer cure controversy, the powerful role that frankincense plays in immunity, inflammatory control, pain relief, and anti-cancer potential makes it a necessary supplement to have around the house “just in case.” Vaporizors, salves, supplementation and diffusion are all beneficial ways to use it.

Some effective personal uses are to:

  • Mix 10 drops of frankincense per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil of your choice, and apply over the tumor directly.
  • Take 1 drop of frankincense with 1/2 teaspoon honey, maple syrup, or coconut oil.
  • Put 3 drops into a gel capsule filled with olive oil and take with food.

Safety & Contraindications

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When it comes to drug interactions and contraindications, there are literally textbooks devoted to the study of essential oil safety and, as a trained researcher and doctor, I think it’s important to note that there is virtually no research out there discussing how essential oils interact with drugs in human clinical trials. This means that essential oil safety is still a wild frontier in the science community and no one really knows (for certain) how essential oils will interact with drugs or your body.

Nonetheless, properly diluting your essential oils is fundamental to safety and effectiveness because they are highly concentrated plant compounds. To help you along your journey, I have a created an easy-to-use dilution guide that you can download for FREE to make sure that all of your topical applications are safe and effective for the entire family. 

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As with as medicine and natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.



This post currently has 107 comments.

  1. Carol Thompson
    August 12, 2017

    Seeing a rheumatologist I have a form of autoimmune disease. Heven is currently trying to figure out what form ofor rheumatoid arthritis it have. I alook have degenerative disc disease in spine. In pain 24 hrs every day . Doing steroidal injections in tale bone going through pain management. For spine. Would taking frankincense and honey on a spoon help inflamation? For RA?

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  2. LisaB
    June 13, 2017

    I think its very important to relay tge correct ibfornation where frankincense and cancer are concerned. Scientific studies have been carried out and they have verified that the essential oil itself is ineffective to fight cancer due to the actual process of extracting the oil actually burbs of the component which has been shown to help diminish cancer. The oil is great for many if the other things you’ve noted and I use it more regularly than any other oil. I went thru cancer last year and my research found all the notes of this study on cancer and frankincense. It’s an amazing oil but must be in it’s resin form to help kick cancer out.

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  3. Sparkle Megs the Megnificent
    May 12, 2017

    I”m trying to find information on how many drops of frankincense to put into suppositories. I’m working on healing rectal cancer naturally.

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    • Customer Support
      May 25, 2017

      My apologies, but Dr. Z is legally prohibited from giving specific advice. He has, however, created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar illnesses as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info.

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  4. Cazzy
    March 16, 2017

    Hi Doctor
    My sister has breast cancer she has decided against all treatments and has not had a mammography nor biopsy however, she did have a ultra sound and results are it was 3.6mm also her eye is effected. We have decided to go pure holistic. High quality vegetarian diet no meat, sugar, or dairy products. Green tea only. Have come across frankincense and the one I have in the house is BOSWELLS CARTERIL. is it two drops under the tongue neat and diluted as a compress to place on the breast. We have the diffuser on the go.
    We live in the U.K andso get free health care but not sure if we can get alternative health care on the N.H.S.
    Just come across you article. It’s excellent. God bless you.

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    • Sher
      August 11, 2017

      Frankincense, Boswellia Serratta cures and prevents cancer. Prayers for healing for all of you in Jesus Name Amen!

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  5. Tanya Tizzard
    March 15, 2017

    Dr. Z.

    Post pregnancy and childbirth I now suffer with restless leg syndrome. It’s worse at night and some nights the throbbing pain is so bad I have no choice but to take paracetamol if I am to get any sleep at all. My GP has said that this is all I can do for this condition and that paracetamol taken regularly for this is fine but is it? I don’t believe so and worry about the effect continued use of paracetamol will have on my gut. I did have some bloods taken to check for low Iron stores but they were found to be normal, so with this out of the equation I’m wondering if it’s an inflammatory condition that Frankincense could help with and if so how best should I administer it for this? As always your advice so gratefully received.

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    • Suze
      June 7, 2017

      As stated here Frankincense is beneficial to our bodies..I offer you another alternative that has helped me..Turmeric taking a teaspoonful with black pepper first thing in the morning in luke warm water, before anything else..the curcumin in Termeric is the magical ingredient.. read up on it…does it for me..

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    • Elena Manwin
      July 1, 2017

      If you suffer from this sindrom in the legs you need Magnesium supplements. Very effective

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    • Meg
      July 17, 2017

      I have RLS, a good magnesium supplement with knock it out? If you’re unsure, try taking milk of magnesia?? Epsom salt is also a good source of magnesium ??
      I’ve never gotten an Rx for it… I home remedy & if those don’t work, THEN & ONLY THEN do I consult the doctor!
      Magnesium deficiency is what causes RLS??

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    • Cathy
      July 24, 2017

      I had restless leg syndrome and sciatica and 800 mg magnesium supplement daily cured it, although I am sitting here right now researching frankinscence because I’ve started buying essential oils.

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  6. ezat
    March 3, 2017

    Hi Dear Dr:

    i have chelangiocarcinoma and i have had lymphoma and i have scloroderma and rainods and schogren and i have lots of pain in my body is the whole frankincense is good for me?

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    • Sandra McLaughlin
      April 3, 2017

      Please try The Wahls Protocol, by Dr Terry Wahls, of Iowa City, Iowa, USA. Her book and cookbook is on Amazon. She has Facebook followers and helpful knock off Facebook sites. I no longer have lupus after 2 years on the diet. Blessings to you, dear strong woman. Is there a Functional Medicine doctor you can go to?

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    • Meg
      July 17, 2017

      Look up the German “Budwig diet”… the American version calls for using cottage cheese as the German “quark” cheese isn’t available in America (however there are recipes online to make quark cheese at home & it’s really easy)!
      Try to cut down on acidic foods & drinks (if you’re unsure, please look it up??)

      YOU CAN DO IT! ?

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  7. Crystal
    February 14, 2017

    I have vitiligo. I’ve lost alot of pigment multiple places on my body but esp both hands. My Dr said this to me: it’s autoimmune. It’s not going to kill you. When I asked shouldn’t we figure out why my body is fighting itself? He said no it’s no big deal unless you have the kind of money Michael Jackson has so you can bleach all your skin. I’ve been looking for an alternative. Do you have any articles or suggestions if frankensence might help & I f using topically or systemically would be more beneficial? I know you can’t give out medical advice but you can tell if EO would help. Thanks

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    • Gisela
      April 14, 2017

      My daughters have vitiligo and i would like to know too if this oil could help them.

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  8. Karen
    February 9, 2017

    Dear Dr Eric,I have a 28 year old daughter that has been sick for 3years now!2 YEARS AGO she was diagnosed with a rare LUNG condition called MAC.And a couple of weeks ago she was found to have ADDISON!But she also has very high sedan rate! And inflammation is a really big problem ,along with some serious fluid problems!She can literally gain 20 lbs of fluid in 3 days! And lose it just as fast! I am a big fan of GOD’S natural remedies! And I love the NOW , brand of essential oils ! Would frankincense by now be a good brand for her? I have is ,and I AM willing to use it . I’ll do about anything to help get her better!

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  9. Sarah
    February 4, 2017

    What about taking a boswellia supplement. I have read different things – some say that may have more benefit internally. I diffuse different species of frankincense and other oils all the time. I’m looking at it for general health and prevention.

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  10. Arlene Raymundo
    January 16, 2017

    I had brain stroke 2 years ago and was opened up to remove the blood clot. Since then, my vertigo never stops in spite of meds prescribed by my neurologists. They said I may have it for life. I heard there are EOs that may help and thats where I heard of frankincense. Is it true? Thanks.

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    • Debbie
      February 22, 2017

      Vertigo
      See also Ears, Equilibrium, Dizziness.

      Vertigo refers to the sensation that the environment and objects around an individual are moving or spinning, usually causing a loss of balance or a feelings of nausea. Vertigo may be caused by ear infections, ear disorders, or motion sickness.

      Oils— TAGinger ( TA = Topically applied Aromically diffused ).

      Usage Instructions
      Topical

      Dilute as necessary, and apply around ears and on Vita Flex points on the feet.
      Aromatic

      Inhale directly or applied to hands. Please always research to make sure oils won’t interact with any medications your taking ???????

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      • Dee
        April 7, 2017

        Try seeing a chiropractor. There is a manipulation they can do to help. Should be accupressure, not bone cracker.

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      • Shelley
        May 18, 2017

        I have chronic vertigo, and I have found relief through physical therapy. The therapy I received is not the typical one many chiropractors use to allow the crystal to fall back into the ear properly. That only works for benign positional vertigo. I live I. The US and have found incredible result from being taught visual stabilization exercises. I started last October. I will be doing these most likely the rest of my life. To find out more check the Vestibular Disorders Association web site . I do love essential oils. I use them regularly and they help me with many things. I was told Frankincense would help me with vertigo. It did not at all. But, the oilscan help you feel good and have a positive outlook when facing the difficulties that vertigo bring to one’ life. I found on this web site 6 different types of contributing factors to vertigo symptoms. I have 2. I could not have done it without the physical therapists. They helped me get my life back!

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  11. Benita
    December 6, 2016

    My mom was diagnosed with an aggressive form of uterine cancer and it was recommended that we consider purchasing frankinsense oil. I purchased two bottles and a diffuser and wanted to know if I add it by itself or include other oils with it?

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    • Customer Support
      December 9, 2016

      This article should be helpful!

      Click here –>http://drericz.com/aromatherapy-101/

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  12. Morgan
    November 23, 2016

    I bought some EO and they say “Not to be taken internally” on the bottles.. Can I not put these in water or food?

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    • Dr. Z
      November 23, 2016

      I would definitely follow the instructions. There are many brands that are safe for internal use, and those that aren’t.

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  13. Teresa
    October 29, 2016

    Can frankincense be used topically twice a day for a month? Can it be used longer than that?

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    • Customer Support
      December 9, 2016

      Hello topically can be different for every one, depending on skin sensitivity, but Dr. Z has created a group that have similar questions, that you may enjoy doing essential oil life with. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info

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  14. Teresa
    October 28, 2016

    Can undiluted, 100% organic frankincense eo be used indefinitely on the face? (I am using it two times a day on a spot of actinic keratosis after using lavender/coconut oil over my entire face.).

    Thank you!!

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    • Customer Support
      December 9, 2016

      My apologies, but Dr. Z is legally prohibited from giving medical advice over email. He has, however, created a special Facebook group that can help as we have hundreds of members that are actively engaged in sharing testimonies of how they have overcome similar illnesses as yours. You can be part of it by joining his essential oil’s club here –> http://essentialoilsclub.info

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    • Melissa Suter
      June 18, 2017

      Hello-
      I have peri-oral dermatitis that spread all over my face & hives all across my rib-cage upper abdominal area. I started using Frank.carterii NEAT 2x daily on my face & hives- It IMMEDIATELY stopped my severe burning itch, after 2 months It was improved & by 6 months it was GONE/HEALED! I use as soon as I feel a bump coming on, but have been completely clear for about 2 years now. On ab area, I apply frank oil & then apply a dab of CASTOR OIL over to seal it from evaporating. Use castor oil on face at night only (tiny bit or spot treat areas) It’s highly anti-inf.too) wait 5 minutes & then my night cream over top.

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      • Dr. Z
        June 19, 2017

        Wow!

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  15. Lisa
    October 17, 2016

    Does this work for heart disease

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    • Customer Support
      October 19, 2016

      Heart disease is serious, and different for everyone. And of course we can’t recommend or prescribe oils to cure anything. I would recommend asking your doctor about using oils. 🙂

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  16. Scott
    September 6, 2016

    Does a Organic EO have to be expensive. I was researching USDA Organic 100% Pure & certified EO. And for a twin pack 10ml was only $20.00. By other companies standards I know their oils are $60-$70 dollars for that size. So that has me confused. I want to buy the $20. organic product.

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    • Dr. Z
      September 20, 2016

      Depending on the oil, but cost is definitely a factor. This article should help –> http://drericz.com/how-to-choose-an-essential-oil-brand/

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    • Dianne Shaw
      April 23, 2017

      With oils, you cannot go by organic” alone. A company can put a small amount of the intended oil, and fill the bottle with a cheap organic “filler” oil. You get what you pay for! Some oils may look expensive, but they are pure and powerful, so it takes much less to do more. In he long run, you save money. Also, even though the oil is organic, toxic chemicals may have been used to extract the oil. Please research!

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  17. Elre
    July 28, 2016

    There are so many essential oil companies out there. Who has some of the best essentials oils?

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  18. sharron Smith
    May 23, 2016

    I have had cancer for 5 years breast bone and lung cancer.My body is getting tired.I do keep my Lord in my pocket every day.Blessings Sharron

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    • Christina
      September 1, 2016

      Praying for you!

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  19. Debbie
    May 18, 2016

    Is Scared Frankinsence the same
    Or can be used like Frankinsence.
    Thank you for you information.

    Debbie

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    • Dr. Z
      May 18, 2016

      Hi Debbie, there are several different frankincense species. Not all of the same in chemical composition and have different health benefits.

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  20. Sabrinaa
    May 14, 2016

    What are your thoughts on using Frankincense in granular form (small chunks of Frankincense)?

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    • Dr. Z
      May 17, 2016

      Love it! There are great supplements out there with frank resin – THIS is the way to get your boswellic acids!

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  21. Sue
    May 14, 2016

    It is my understanding that the constituents in Frankincense’s Boswellia species, sacra, carterii and frereana, have been shown in laboratory experiments to assist with the healthy process of cellular death (apoptosis). Please help me understand your comment in the second paragraph under Preventing and Treating Cancer above, that states, apoptosis… [prevents cell death]. Thank you for all the work you do and publish that helps inform the public about the benefits of essential oils.

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    • Dr. Z
      May 14, 2016

      Hell Sue,

      You are quite right. Should read “Current research demonstrates anti-mutagenic and apoptotic (programmed cell death) abilities.”

      I made the correction immediately. My apologies for this error, it was a typo. Thank you for pointing it out!!

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      • Sue
        May 14, 2016

        Thank you for your immediate response!

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  22. Vivien Allen
    May 14, 2016

    Dear Dr.Z,

    For essential oil to be taken internally, which grade of essential oil should be used, Therapeutic or Food Grade ? Thanks

    Vivien

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    • Dr. Z
      May 14, 2016

      Both. 🙂

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  23. Zivile Drozd
    April 17, 2016

    My husband had stroke and was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma of the lung(stage4) . Would ve be ok to mix frankincense oil with hix food in deliver through G tube? Does it have to be on as n empty stomach? Thank you very much.

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  24. DEENA
    April 15, 2016

    My dad of age 64 has been diagnosed with a large brain tumour not sure if its benign. I want to try essentials oils with Frankincense and coconut oil. Can you suggest if I need to add anything else and how I should mix this and how to apply this.

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  25. Carole
    April 11, 2016

    Do you know if Frankincense or any other Essential Oil is effective for old (35 years ago) head injuries, and how would they be used?

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    • Dr. Z
      April 11, 2016

      Hi Carole, all depends on the damage done to the brain. With that said, I’d try to diffuse 2-3 drops of frankincense + myrrh in a diffuser at night and see how that works…

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      • Carole
        April 14, 2016

        Thank you sooooooooooooo very much. Because I had many, many, many injuries – one: my right arm has been re-attached – from a car wreck. I had no treatment for my head injuries. So, I am thrilled to try your suggestion.

        I call it a car wreck not an accident, because it was an amazing answer to prayer – long story – but many, many, many miracles resulting,

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  26. Terry G
    April 8, 2016

    I have a bottle of NOW 100% Frankincense oil that says its not for internal use. I would like to put a few drops in my shake each morning. Is this safe or do I need to buy another brand?

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    • Dr. Z
      April 8, 2016

      Hi Terry, I’d pay attention to this warning label. If a brand has gained the SUPPLEMENT distinction on their label, it’s a good indication that you can use it for internal use. If they haven’t, it’s not worth the risk.

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  27. John
    April 2, 2016

    Hello Dr. z,
    I enjoyed your interview on the Total Wellness Summit just a few days ago.

    I recall you mentioning that when you conducted your own research for quality of product sold by companies that you would ask about extraction methods. What do you suppose the best extraction method would be for frankincense? It seems that the most common solvents used are ethanol and petroleum distillates. I found this here: https://apothecarysgarden.com/2014/07/30/how-to-make-a-whole-extract-of-frankincense-and-other-oleoresins/

    The idea of a petroleum distillate didn’t seem all that great to me.
    John

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    • Juanita Alvarez
      August 30, 2016

      The best extraction method for essential oils is controlled steam distillation. If steam is too hot it will damage some of the good properties. If the extraction method is by chemicals I personally would not buy that oil. Your instincts are good on the petroleum distillate.

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  28. GinnyV
    March 31, 2016

    My 10 year old son has had asthma since he was 18 months old and is on a long-term steroid inhaler. His asthma has been mostly controlled for the last 4 years, but I’d love to wean him off of the steroid. How would you suggest taking frankincense to help with asthma for someone his age?

    Thanks!

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    • Dr. Z
      April 1, 2016

      Hi GinnyV,

      Unfortunately, I cannot provide medical advise on my website. I did, however, address asthma in this article – http://drericz.com/essential-oils-for-allergies/.

      Putting together a DIY protocol for respiratory concerns is definitely on my long list of to-dos. We’ll keep you posted! 🙂

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      • GinnyV
        April 1, 2016

        Dr. Z,

        Thanks for your response. I look forward to seeing the protocol when you are finished.

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  29. Lorraine
    March 16, 2016

    Hi Dr Z

    Would using i drop of neat essential oil of frankincense on a growth above a tooth which was told could be cancerous 3 x a day be harmful…or do i need to dilute in coconut or olive oil.
    A tooth was removed late last year and the growth has come back after 3 months….thought to give this a go before having a knife put to it for biopsy

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    • Dr. Z
      March 18, 2016

      Hi Lorraine,

      I would always dilute, it’s not only safer than neat application, but more efficacious. Dilution helps prevent immediate VOC (volatile organic compound) evaporation and helps ensures that your body absorbs the most oil(s) as possible.

      Praying for complete healing!!

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    • Lorraine
      March 18, 2016

      Thankyou for your feedback…DR Z….really great point is that even applying oil on skin and feet too? I am very interested learning about oils atm and suggesting it to others and now in this situation myself. The last two mornings I have been doing oil pulling ..one tbsp of coconut oil with two drops of frankincence…does it have to be pure..i am using Australian Springfield and its 1ml of frankincence…it says 1ml liquid -5ml….so i do not know how effective it will be…does it have to be totally pure to be effective if so where do i purchase it from?

      will the oil pulling be effective even if its not cancerous and simply just a bony growth..not sure atm…its not pussy at all…just feels bony….i thought maybe giving oil pulling a go twice a day before i go to bed and when i awake and when home, maybe do after lunch too…or is that over doing it…how long would be good to do it even for one times a day …ten days or a month??….until it would need to be seen by someone.

      I am doing my best to not see a dentist and have fear put up me its cancerous ..i want to believe and am believing for healing….have had prayer too….thankyou so much for your generosity in your time and expertise in responding..really appreciate it.
      Thinking of going to a health retreat for 7 days and they have a dentist who takes out amalgam fillings and maybe get it seen to there…but that requires alot of money too….i look fwd to receiving regular updated emails from you ..i am a keen learner of natural medicine and nutrition.God Bless you …Lorraine

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      • Heidi
        May 14, 2016

        Lorraine,

        I am a retired dental hygienist and wanted to let you know that quite often people have excessive bony over growths in their mouths that are completely normal and not cancerous.

        The scientific name for them is Torus (sing.) and tori (pl.).

        They can appear on the palate under the tongue and even above the teeth on the cheek side of your jaw.

        I can’t definitively tell you what it is, but it sounds like this is something that is concerning you a great deal and if it is then I reccomend you having it checked out.

        It sounds like you are aware of what stress does to the body and even if this turns out to be nothing, the stress you are putting on your body worrying about it could cause another is to happen somewhere else.

        That’s my suggestion. Go on believing it is just normal bone overgrowth and find out. No matter what you find out them you will have the power to do something to make it better.

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  30. jeriJeri
    March 12, 2016

    my husband has a prostate problem. he has had elevated PSA blood tests numbers. he has taken antibiotics for a possible prostate infection and will be retested w/ PSA soon. the urologist does not know if its just an infection or if he possibly has cancer or aggressive cancer. we want to use frankincense serrata but we are unclear as to where to apply the oil for prostate . please, can you write what are choices for where to put on the oil and how much to use, how often? many thanks and hope to hear from you soon. jeri mooe888@aol.com

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    • Dr. Z
      March 12, 2016

      Hi Jeri,

      There’s no set protocol supported by the research, but I know that some men have found that a diluted suppository in their anal canal has helped. Others put a couple drops in a capsule and consume with food.

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  31. Cindy
    January 20, 2016

    Is it safe to take frankincense if I have titanium rods in my back?

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    • Dr. Z
      January 20, 2016

      Hi Cindy, I haven’t seen anything in the research that would suggest otherwise. I’d consult with your physician for sure if you have any concerns. 🙂

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  32. Moniqué
    January 12, 2016

    Hi Dr. Z.
    I’ve discovered EO’s about a year ago, and have since learned a lot. Your newsletters have also given great advice.
    I recently read your article on Franinsence and cancer and found it very interesting. My friend has adenomas in her brain and it hasn’t shrunk in the last year – they want to start trying for another baby, and she had to take medication when she got pregnant with her firstborn son.
    I would like your advice.
    She is on Dostinex medication currently.
    Will Frankinsence diluted oil help her or is there a better alternative. If yes, what should the dilution be, frequency of application, site of application and will it have any effect on the Dostinex?

    Your information will be appreciated,
    Moniqué

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    • Dr. Z
      January 16, 2016

      Hi Monique,

      This should give some preliminary guidance –> http://drericz.com/2015/10/diy-essential-oil-protocol-for-cancer-patients/

      However, you friend definitely needs to coordinate with her pharmacist and oncologist. Ideally, both would be familiar with alternative therapies. There is too much at stake – especially if a baby is coming soon. Praying for complete healing! 🙂

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  33. Anne
    December 29, 2015

    I have a 2 cm stromal tumor in my duodenum that they want to resection very soon. How would a I go about using Frankincense (topically/internally)? To help shrink it?

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  34. Julie
    December 16, 2015

    Do you feel the type of (therapeutic grade) frankincense matters? We’re treating my husband’s prostate cancer in part with the sacra variety, which I can’t seem to find mentioned online as much as the carterii and serrata species. Is it all good since it’s boswellic acid?

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    • Dr. Z
      December 16, 2015

      Personally, I like using a blend of species.

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  35. Chicklet
    November 30, 2015

    I have been taking 5 drops of frankincense and 5 drops of lavender plus 1 drop of myrrh in a veg cap before bed. Is that too much?

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    • Dr. Z
      December 2, 2015

      Hi Chicklet,

      It does seem a little excessive. I haven’t seen any doses in the medical literature recommending 11 drops of oils at a time.

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      • Chicklet
        December 11, 2015

        Thank you for your reply. Would you recommend 2-3 of each? I’ll be honest, I’m a bit addicted to it to get to sleep.

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  36. ShssssSharolynarol
    November 29, 2015

    I’m very excited to find this site!!! Please tell me where can I find these oil. I want to use the best grade. I had breast cancer surgery one year ago and want to remain in health.

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    • Dr. Z
      November 30, 2015

      Hi ShssssSharolynarol, the information published on my website is for educational purposes only, and I do not sell supplements & essential oils. To ensure that I continue to provide unbiased, evidence-based material I must remain “brand neutral,” and I cannot recommend specific companies to purchase products from. I trust that you understand.:)http://drericz.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?comment_status=all#comments-form

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  37. E
    October 31, 2015

    Hi Dr Z

    What oils do you recommend prostate inflammation.
    Thank you!

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  38. Deb
    October 19, 2015

    Can the drops be placed into a smoothy? Or must it be in water for better results. My neighbor is 20 and has brain cancer. He is about to start chemo. And is on steroids.
    Thank you,

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    • Dr. Z
      October 26, 2015

      Hi Deb, yes, putting 1-2 drops in a smoothie is one way of doing it. 🙂

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  39. Cindy holcomb
    October 18, 2015

    I have stage 4 breast cancer. I currently use cannabis oil but would like to add franensence. Do I take 1 drop with coconut oil twice a day?

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  40. Kim
    October 17, 2015

    I have two children with swollen lymph nodes in their necks. I have had to the Doctor she is not worried, but said none the less if they don’t go down we will have to do further investigation. She thinks they are pretty small. (Of course to a Mom any lump looks like a mountain.) Would there be any help in using the frankincense oil on them?

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    • Dr. Z
      October 26, 2015

      Hi Kim,

      I totally can relate. If one of my kids develops a lump of any sort, I’m automatically on HIGH alert!

      Unfortunately, the research is very quiet on this issue. I would be very cautious. If you decide to use frankincense or any other anti-inflammatory oil on a child, be sure to HEAVILY dilute!

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  41. Marg
    October 15, 2015

    Hi,I have stage 4 thymoma cancer, and would like to know would frankincense work for me. I would like to try it,called the health store they have some there but they said it’s for the use on the skin only. Is that the one or is there a special type you have to buy to use on the tongue.& would it help my daughter with her overactive thyroid. Thank you Marg

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  42. DeDebra
    October 7, 2015

    My granddaughter had gamma knife brain surgery on an AVM over a year ago. She is now suffering brain swelling and headaches due to the reduction of the AVM. The solution to this is steroids, which of course is causing weight gain, sore joints, swelling and of course “moon face”. Do you think frankincense would help her and what would be the best way to use it?

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  43. doris
    September 23, 2015

    Very interesting! My great uncle has metastatic pancreatic cancer to his lungs. Had surgery and removed as much of the tumor as possible but around his aorta and had to remove part of stomach due to local spread. Did 2 rounds of chemo but made him feel horrible and doesn’t want to repeat again. Would you recommend frankincense oil and at what dose and anything else? He’s lost a bunch of weight…

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    • Dr. Z
      September 23, 2015

      Hi Doris,

      There are some research reports suggesting that frankincense can help help pancreatic cancer:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23237355

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4266698/

      According to this last study,

      “Human pancreas cancer cells were sensitive to EO fractions prepared from Boswellia species gum resins treatment with suppressed cell viability and increased cell death. In fact, EO activates the caspase-dependent apoptotic pathway, induces a rapid and transient activation of Akt and Erk1/2, and suppresses levels of cyclin D1 cdk4 expression in cultured cancer cells [69]. EO from stem bark of Kadsura longipedunculata exhibited cytotoxic activity against MIA PaCa-2 cell line of human pancreas carcinoma [70]. EOs from Angelica archangelica fruits collected in Reykjavik, from various locations showed cytotoxic activity independent of the quantity of their main components on PANC-1 human pancreas cancer cells [71].”

      These trials are typically done with cells in a petri dish, and it’s virtually impossible to come by an evidence-based “dosage.”

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  44. Peggy
    September 19, 2015

    Had a mass on my neck size of a olive had ultrasound showed size but needed further testing. Has been using frankincense 4-5 times daily alternating with Ledum sinced noticed it. By the time I had cat scan it showed nothing. Don’t really know what it was but it is gone. God and oils is all I can say.

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    • Sara
      May 14, 2016

      Hi Peggy by Gods grace you were healed I would like to know what brand frankincense u used please

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  45. Feroz
    September 8, 2015

    what carrier oil should be used with frankincense for treatment related to tumors(sarcoma) on leg.

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    • Dr. Z
      September 8, 2015

      Hi Feroz,

      You can use fractionated coconut oil (FCO), almond or jojoba oil. My favorite is FCO. 🙂

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  46. Lupe
    September 5, 2015

    I do have a node in my thyroid gland that according to my endocrinologist and my family dr. Has the characteristics of a suspicious node. Meaning it may develop cancer. I learn about Sacread Frankincense EO from Soman and started using it. Six months later I had a second ultra sound to monitor to node and we found out the node have not grown nor changed. I continue using Frankincense and also take Boswelia capsules.

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  47. June
    September 4, 2015

    I enjoyed this article
    . Excellent information which was explained in such a simple and explicit way with scientific backup.

      Reply
    • Dr. Z
      September 4, 2015

      Thank you June! Let’s get the word out about Biblical Health!

        Reply

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