•  Several cultures believed that frankincense and myrrh possessed magical or spiritual energy.
  • Practitioners of aromatherapy and herbalism continue to use these fragrant resins to treat disease and promote relaxation.


Digestive Health

The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy reports that tree resins stimulate the flow of bile and improve digestion. It is recommended to chew a combination of frankincense, myrrh, cinnamon and cardamom as a traditional treatment for stomachaches.

Oral Health

Frankincense and myrrh are both used traditionally as treatments for abscesses, toothaches, gingivitis and halitosis. Extracts of the two resins may be included in natural toothpastes and mouthwashes. Note that the essential oils of these plants are too strong to use topically on the gums; they should be diluted before use.

Wound Healing

Essential oils of frankincense and myrrh can be added to humidifiers and hot baths

Mental Health

In both modern and traditional aromatherapy, the combination of frankincense and myrrh may be used to treat emotional disturbances, depression and anxiety. Practitioners of massage therapy may integrate frankincense oil into massages to treat tension or emotional trauma. Crow recommends using frankincense as an ingredient in coffee to improve memory and stimulate clear thinking.


In Ayurveda, a traditional system of medicine originating in India, frankincense is used extensively as a treatment for rheuamtoid arthritis. Practitioners of Western integrative medicine may recommend frankincense and myrrh resins, orally or topically, to treat arthritis and other forms of inflammatory pain.


  • If used in moderation and correct dosage (especially when ingesting it topically), myrrh oil is generally safe for adults. However, as with other essential oils, it is advised to use this oil with caution.
  • Myrrh oil is not recommended for pregnant women and nursing moms, as it can induce menstruation and lead to premature labor.
  • Children age six and below should also refrain from using this oil.
  • Diabetics and other people suffering from health conditions should also consult their physician before using myrrh oil.
  • To make sure that myrrh oil will not have any allergic effects when applied topically, do a skin patch test on your inner arm first.


Source: Live Strong,



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