What is Frankincense Oil?

Having been used for many years, frankincense is a substance that goes right back to the first days of the Bible. It’s been a major part of human healing and self-care for years, and today is noted as a major part of the essential oil industry. Some refer to it as the ‘king of oils’, coming from the Boswellia genus of trees found around the Middle East and in Africa.

Some research suggests that frankincense oil might be useful for everything from caring for our bodies to caring for our hair. It’s been linked with having positive cancer-fighting attributes, but there’s a lot more to frankincense oil than this. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that using this particularly old-school oil could do for you if used regularly.

Frankincense Oil For Hair: Benefits

Like many essential oils, the long-term research that has gone into frankincense can make using it quite easy. If you are looking for genuine benefits of using frankincense oil on your hair, though, here are just some of the reasons why you should consider using it:

  • Frankincense oil has a high quantity of boswellic acid, which is a strong anti-inflammatory.
  • It’s also been noted to help improve our mood, which reduces stress, minimising hair loss.
  • As mentioned before, frankincense has a history of being seen as a potential anti-cancer solution.

Frankincense Oil Side Effects

As ever, make sure that you dilute the oil with a carrier oil as much as you can before using it. Undiluted frankincense oil can be problematic for the skin and can lead to more than a few issues over time. It can lead to headaches, skin irritation, and even inflammation if used at too strong a dose. So, try and avoid using frankincense oil until it has been diluted to the correct level. You should also speak to a doctor about using frankincense oil if you are on any kind of medication whatsoever.


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 02/07/2020. 

Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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