Frankincense and myrrh are two of the most popular incenses in the world. They both have a very long history and importance, especially in religious rituals. However, they’re great as beauty ingredients as well. Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils are two powerful antioxidants.
They can prevent premature aging and improve the appearance of wrinkles among others. In the first part of this article, you’ll find out about the best uses of the two essences for a beautiful and toned skin. I will give you some really easy and effective blend recipes to get your inspiration from.
Also, the skincare routine you’ll find here is one of the simplest anti-aging routines. I hope you’ll find them all inspiring and your skin will look just the way you want it!
Frankincense and myrrh essences are used together for a reason and you’ll soon know it too.
In the second part, I’ll tell you more about the similarities and differences between frankincense and myrrh. Read on to get your facts straight, know what these oils can do for your skin and how to safely use them.
And if you have questions, I’ll gladly try to give you the best informed answer.
Did You Know?
- Frankincense and myrrh were among the main ingredients of an ancient Chinese remedy. This ancient remedy is thought to be the basis of today’s famous injury remedy – Yunnan Baiyao. It is used for almost any injury, serious or superficial.
Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils Anti-Aging Beauty Routine and Blends
They are two of the most widely used essential oils. And they make great beauty ingredients too. Not surprising at all, since there are many studies made on their effects.
Both have a very good synergy, which means they work better together than separately. Even though both essential oils have been used since 1500 BC, their synergy has never been proved.
The Latin or botanical name of Frankincense essential oil I’m referring to is Boswellia carterii. There are many other great types of frankincense, and they’re all different.
Its main constituents are monoterpenes. They’re great at enhancing all the other therapeutic properties of the other compounds.
The monoterpenes give the oil soothing and sedating effects. They’re also antiseptic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
The Latin name of Myrrh essential oil is Commiphora myrrha or molmol. It contains between 70 and 90% sesquiterpenes. These are also good sedatives and antiallergenic. Sesquiterpenes have anti-inflammatory effects too.
Both Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils contain antioxidants. These are important because they can fight the free radicals that attack healthy cells.
Free radicals ruin the balance of the cells. They also cause them to slowly degenerate, resulting in mutations and ultimately skin disorders.
As you can see, on a molecular level, the two oils complement each other perfectly.
How to Use the Two Essential Oils?
You can simply dilute them with carrier oils (vegetable oils) and apply directly on skin. You could also diffuse them in candle burners and essential oil diffusers.
Or, for a quick effect you can inhale directly from your palms. Find out how to diffuse your oils correctly and enjoy all their benefits effortlessly.
You could also dilute them with bath salts. That’ll make for a very uplifting and relaxing SPA therapy in your own bathroom.
The trick is not to exaggerate with the amount of essential oils (EOs). The usual Aromatherapy dose for face blends is 6 – 12 drops of EO per Oz carrier oil. And 15 – 30 drops of EO per Oz carrier oil.
Together, Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils can:
- Improve the blood circulation of the epidermis (the superficial layer of the skin).
- Reduce swellings.
- Reduce inflammations.
- Soothe irritations.
- Protect against infections.
- Strengthen the protective barrier of the skin.
- Soothe pain.
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
- Promote cell regeneration.
- Stimulate the production of elastin and collagen to make the skin more elastic.
- Tone the skin.
- Improve the aspect of scars (especially in combination with Immortelle EO).
- Help heal necrotic tissue and open wounds.
You can now take a look at the following skin care routine and try it with the next occasion. You’ll be able to personalize it the way you want to, of course. But it makes for a good starting point, especially if you’re new to essential oil skin care routines.
Anti-Aging Beauty Routine
The first step…
The cleansing of the face and neckline should be done each morning and night. In the morning, all you need to do is simply wash off the excess sebum and dead skin. You can use some warm water, warm tea or floral water.
In the evening, whether you wear makeup or not, you should wipe your face with some good quality vegetable oil. This has to be the right oil for your skin type! You can then continue cleansing with floral water if you want. That’ll smooth the skin and tone it.
- Aloe Vera gel: 1 tablespoon
- Frankincense hydrosol (floral water): 2 tablespoons
- Myrrh hydrosol: 2 tablespoons
Dampen your face with warm water to open up the pores. Apply this solution and massage it gently into the skin. Rinse with lukewarm water or simply pat dry (do not rub!).
The second step…
Is to hydrate your face and give it all the nutrients it needs. The ingredients used in this phase can make all the difference, especially if you have a mature skin. You can use here a concentrated, anti-aging serum each night.
If your face is dry, you can also apply it in the morning. Depending on your skin type, the vegetable oil you use can deeply nourish your complexion. It can also regulate the sebum production.
Anti-Aging Serum Recipe
- Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils: 12 drops
- Black Cumin oil (Nigella sativa): 1 Oz (30 ml)
Mix well all the ingredients together. In the same quantity of essential oils you can even add something else you like. However, the two essences will be enough to meet the needs of any skin type and problem.
Massage a moderate amount on a clean face and neckline, each night. Try to avoid the under eye area because the essential oils can be irritating. You could use simple Primrose oil for that area.
I recommend you change your anti-aging serum every 2 – 3 weeks. That is to avoid the skin getting used to the ingredients.
There are many other potent essential oils that work great as beauty and anti-aging ingredients. For example, Patchouli, Rose, and Carrot Seed essential oils are just a few of the best.
Isn’t this the simplest anti-aging skincare routine you’ve seen so far? I went simple to make it easier for everyone. I know that sometimes, all those “necessary” steps for a beauty routine can be quite time consuming.
But trust me, the simpler the routine and the products, the better results you get. Why? You can get great results with a simple skincare routine because it’s easier to do it daily. Soon after, the results will start showing.
Plus, Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils never disappoint when used as beauty ingredients. They can also induce a well-being state of mind and calm down the mind and body when inhaled.
Well-Being and Relaxation Diffusion Blend
- Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils: 8 drops
- Sweet Orange essential oil: 12 drops
Mix these oils well and keep them stored in a dark glass bottle. Pour 7 drops in your essential oil diffuser and let it diffuse for 20 – 30 minutes. Make sure the room is well-ventilated and try to repeat the process with at least an hour break in between.
This recipe is uplifting and energizing, and yet relaxing and grounding at the same time. Whenever you have doubts or feel anxious, try inhaling these scents for at least 20 minutes to work. Never go beyond 60 minutes though! That will have the exact opposite effect.
Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils are great for:
- Skin inflammations,
- Allergic reactions,
- Cellular regeneration,
- And fungal infections.
- But also for meditation and relaxation.
If you’re curious to find out more about these oils, I will dissect them a bit in this next chapter. Find out their differences and similarities there. And find out what made them so popular for over 5.000 years also!
Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils and Incense Facts, plus Safety Words
Frankincense and myrrh were important for religious rituals throughout the world. Yet, they were also used for their medicinal properties.
From ancient Egyptians to desert shamans, the two resins were used in treating almost any physical ailment. The incenses were also used to purify the air on a sacred ground, and cleanse the spirit.
Frankincense was often burnt for prayer to reach God with the aromatic smoke it released. Myrrh on the other hand, was often used in burial processions and was more the symbol of death. That’s why they were used together in almost any ritual.
In the Bible, they both appear to be used for the birth and the death of Jesus Christ. The Magi offered the baby Jesus frankincense.
Then, the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene washed and soothed Jesus’s wounds after crucifixion with it. There are many other anecdotal stories about these two precious incenses in the Bible though.
The Chinese also consider frankincense as being the Yang, and myrrh the Yin. All ancient civilizations used them together and believed in their synergy. Luckily, this theory has now scientific proof to back it up.
The essential oils are extracted by steam distillation. They use the droplets of resin cut from each tree. Both Boswellia and Commpihora trees grow in the Arabian Peninsula, which is also thought to be their origin.
They are grown, harvested and processed the same way. With their synergy, you’ll often find them distilled and mixed together for a truly ambrosial delight of the senses. Frankincense and myrrh belong to the same plant family, which is the Burseraceae family.
Similarities between Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils
- They grow in small shrubs or trees.
- Both oils smell pungent.
- They belong to the same plant family.
- They are both resins.
- And they are obtained by tapping the trees and by steam distillation.
- They both regulate the blood circulation.
- Both oils have sedative and pain relieving properties.
- They also have antioxidant qualities.
- Both are great for skincare and premature aging.
- The two oils have a medium consistency. This means they’re not as watery as citrus essential oils. But they’re not as thick as Patchouli, Vanilla extract, etc.
Differences between Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils
- It smells fresh and balsamic, with a few fruity notes.
- Can also ease joint, muscles and tendons inflammation and pain.
- Smells really warm, and earthy, but balsamic too.
- Removes blood stasis.
As you can see, there are only a few noticeable differences. But even so, you cannot substitute one for the other. They work great together, but used separately, you should expect slightly different results. They will still be effective though.
Safety Words for the Use of Frankincense and Myrrh Essential Oils
- Test the oils for allergic reactions first. Apply a small amount on a sensitive area (like the forearm or wrists) and monitor it for a few hours.
- Always dilute them with carriers, bath salts, milk, or honey.
- Do not take them internally as large doses can irritate the stomach.
- Try to inhale these scents for less than 60 continuous minutes. They are strong essences and can cause nausea or vomiting.
- Avoid their use in the first 3 months of pregnancy or nursing. Ask your doctor first before using any essential oil while in those situations.
- Also, avoid using them on young children without medical advice.
Frankincense and myrrh have both been part of an important commerce exchange in the old days. They were widely used and appreciated, and today we have their essential oils to enjoy.
They can be great antioxidants and anti-inflammatory active ingredients. This makes both oils popular in skin care for all ages. They’re also used in the perfume industry.
Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils work very well in a synergy and they’re quite popular in Aromatherapy. What are your thoughts on this combination? Do you have a favorite? Have you used them together before?