What is it about Frankincense and Lavender that makes them so popular? Well, for one, they smell good together. Then there’s the matter of their therapeutic effects. Both essential oils can positively affect the body and mind. Read on to learn about their pros and cons, and how to use them properly every day.
You’ll discover more about Lavender and Frankincense essential oils, in the following order:
- The pros and cons of each essential oil, starting with Frankincense. At the end of this section, you’ll be able to tell why they’re used together and what they can help with. Plus, some scientific studies done on some of their properties.
- Learn how to use these therapeutic oils for your daily benefit and enjoyment.
- A few general safety tips that can save you many unnecessary health complications. Essential oils are very potent substances that need to be used with moderation.
- Details about their fragrance notes and what kind of a bouquet they make together.
- A list of uses and blend recipes with Frankincense and Lavender oils. They can be mixed with certain other oils for other specific purposes. This list will serve as inspiration.
Frankincense and Lavender Essential Oils (Pros, Cons and Studies)
Normal, day-to-day life is not always exciting or easy. There are many challenges we must face, at work, at home, in traffic, etc. In our own way, we’re all facing them. But why not do it easier, with a bit of help from Mother Nature?!
Nature can help us with essential oils. They are its best medicines and can help people in many different ways.
Aromatherapy uses essential oils to stimulate senses and smell receptors. This stimulation leads to a better mood, more energy and a higher level of alertness.
Smells are strongly connected to the limbic system, which is responsible for memories. In other words, you can use certain aromatic oils to invoke certain memories. Or you can use them to create new ones, as you like.
But what exactly are essential oils, right? They are aromatic plant extracts that are highly potent and volatile. Volatile means they evaporate into the air fast. It also means they can catch fire at certain temperatures.
Their volatile nature makes them fragrant and effective on the nervous system. Thus, the oils can also affect many body functions.
They’re made from tens and even hundreds of tiny aromatic molecules. These molecules enter the body via inhalation (through the nose) or through the skin. Those active molecules can penetrate the blood brain barrier and influence mood and state of mind.
They can also locate inflammation in the body and act to soothe it. The same goes for bacteria and other harmful pathogens.
In a plant, these aromatic oils are used to:
- Protect from infections and predators,
- Attract pollinators,
- Repel insects and keep other plants away,
- Repair damaged plant tissue,
- Protect from UV damage and free radicals.
All these help plants to survive. With the help of science, we now know they have many beneficial effects on the human body. They can help some animals too.
Lavender and Frankincense are only two essences. But there’re over a hundred different essential oils out there. Each is just one type among many others in their own plant families.
Though different, Frankincense and Lavender are among the most popular aromatic oils. They both have a long history, though Frankincense dates way back in time.
1) Frankincense Essential Oil
Botanical name: Boswellia carterii.
Frankincense essential oil is extracted from the sap of the Boswellia tree. This tree grows natively in Somalia, Yemen and Oman. The tree is intentionally wounded to produce the sap needed for oil extraction.
It takes about a hundred kilos (220 pounds) of frankincense sap/resin to get about 10 kilos (22 pounds) of essential oil.
What is Frankincense essential oils used for? First of all, it contains alpha (and beta) pinene, sabinene, limonene and myrcene. They are all active molecules with specific actions. Thus, the benefits of Frankincense oil are very diverse.
- One of Frankincense’s benefits is that it can calm down inflammations. It has strong anti-inflammatory effects that act almost immediately. This ability helps the immune system respond to sudden external aggression.
- The oil is also great at forming scar tissue. The alpha-pinene increases the ability to repair the skin and other soft tissue. The oil can prevent bacterial infections and inflammations. Thus, the scab of a wound is formed faster and the healing process sped up.
- Another great benefit of Frankincense is its immune boosting effect. It strengthens the body’s natural defense mechanism and makes it more resistant.
- Frankincense can also make body secretions more fluid and promotes their elimination. This effect helps clear the respiratory system from phlegm and mucus.
- Frankincense is great at relaxing the nerves and muscle tissue. This favors a good sleep and anxiety relief.
- The oil of Frankincense can also help with depression.
- There are 5 other different species of Frankincense oils. They come from various boswellia Being different species, their essential oils will also have different effects and benefits. However, Boswellia carterii can be replaced with Boswellia sacra. Studies show clear similarities, though they are different species. So, don’t confuse your oils and look for their botanical names first.
- People with asthma, epilepsy or those more prone to seizures should consult a doctor before using this oil.
- Avoid using Frankincense oil for a long time and in high dosage. It has a high risk of kidney toxicity.
- High dosage of Frankincense can also affect behavior and mental activity.
Why I like it:
The smell of Frankincense is very soothing and warm. It is also full of mysticism, if you think about its religious significance. This oil is great as anti-aging beauty ingredient and not only. The fact that it can help you relax has many health benefits.
2) Lavender Essential Oil
Botanical name: Lavandula angustifolia.
I don’t think there’s one person who hasn’t heard about it, whether they know about Aromatherapy or not. True lavender (L. angustifolia) is grown mostly in Spain and Southern France. The latter is most popular for its purple fields in the countryside.
Lavender oil contains linalool, linalyl acetate and beta caryophyllene. These active molecules give it its fragrance and health benefits.
This oil is also gentler, thus generally well tolerated. It can be used on babies, children, teens and adults alike. Lavender is also one of the most intensely studied essential oils.
- Lavender essential oil has many impressive benefits. The oil is antibacterial and antifungal. It can therefore prevent bacterial infections and fight parasites of all sorts.
- Lavender is a great cicatrisant too. This means it can speed up tissue healing and scar formation. That is possible by stimulating the production of keratinocytes. They are skin cells that maintain the skin whole and regenerated.
- The oil is also great at relieving gas and speeding up a lazy digestion. Lavender can also relieve local pain, such as from an insect bite.
- The linalool in Lavender promotes blood vessel dilation and lowers blood pressure.
- Above it all, Lavender can be used for stress and anxiety relief.
- Lavender is not recommended to people with cardiovascular problems or asthma.
- High dosages can make you become nervous or anxious or they can mess with your sleep.
- There are other Lavender essential oil types (Spike and Lavandin). The botanical name will help you figure out which one is what you need.
- Avoid using Lavender essential oil with iron (or iodine) supplements. They are all considered incompatible.
- If you have diabetes, talk to a doctor before using Lavender.
Why I like it:
Lavender is that type of essential oil that can be used at everything. From stress relief to insomnia, anxiety and digestion or wounds, its benefits can’t be contested.
As you’ve seen, both Frankincense and Lavender have unique traits and effects. Yet, some conditions respond really well when both essences are used.
But why are they used together? The simple answer is that, together they create a powerful synergy. Essential oil molecules work together, not against each other. Thus, a blend that contains Lavender and Frankincense essential oils will be a potent one.
Each oil has its own working mechanism because of the different molecules in their composition. Both oils “tackle” the problem from different “angles”.
Say you have a fresh wound. When applied, both oils will work at stimulating cell production. But they will do it differently, thus covering many nerve pathways.
Everybody needs to rest and relax. There are times when we need to recover from illnesses or mood swings, or even surgeries. Frankincense and Lavender are useful in soothing all these symptoms and needs. That is why I believe that both these oils can be used on a daily basis to make life easier.
Research shows many encouraging results with both essential oils. Lavender for instance, has been proven effective in:
- Decreasing blood pressure.
- Decreasing heart rate and skin temperature.
- Sleep patterns.
- Reducing pain levels.
- Anxiety relief.
- Boosting hair growth (in mice).
Frankincense research is mostly connected to cancer or as an anti-aging ingredient. A few lab studies showed that it can inhibit tumor formation. It can distinguish healthy cells from cancerous cells and cause the latter’s death.
The same tests have been undertaken for the Boswellia sacra frankincense species. Results were encouraging there too.
However, all this medical scientific research is not enough or very thorough to show clear and undisputed results. But they can be helpful as to guide us in the right direction.
How to Use Frankincense and Lavender, Safety Tips and Perfume Notes
Now you know what both oils can be used for. Their benefits include a wide range of ailments and conditions that can be improved.
Frankincense and Lavender are used together because they complete each other. They work together to deliver potent effects to the human body and mind.
- The best way to use them is through topical application.
Essential oils must always be diluted before any skin contact! Use an appropriate carrier oil for your needs and skin type. Mix up to 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier. Carriers are also known as vegetable oils. They can be Macadamia, Jojoba, Argan, Olive, etc.
- For really quick effects on the mood, you can diffuse both Lavender and Frankincense.
Whether you want to use Frankincense or Lavender oil for stress or to lower heart rate, it can be done by inhalation. Simply add them to the water recipient of the diffuser or the nebulizer. Leave it on for 20 – 30 minutes, in a well-ventilated room.
If they’re diffused for long periods of time, essential oils can saturate the air. That may lead to nausea and headaches or numb smell receptors. Check out how to diffuse oils safely.
- You can also add Lavender and Frankincense to bathwater or steam baths.
For a normal bath, mix aromatic oils with salts, honey or milk before adding to the water. Otherwise, they will pool and float and stick to you undiluted. You need them well dispersed. Blend up to 15 drops per cup of salt for bath water.
For steam baths, add no more than 2 drops and cover your head with a towel. Inhale as deeply as possible for about 10 minutes. That’ll open up the respiratory system and improve breathing. And it will also open up the pores, absorbing more fatty acids when you apply oil serums.
- You could also use these oils in perfumes or house cleaning.
Though tempting, avoid pouring Frankincense and Lavender over incense. Essential oils are flammable and can catch fire when the incense burns. Incense on its own contains essential oil molecules. They add to the smell of the incense and its burning properties.
General Safety Tips
- Test each new bottle of oil for allergic reactions. Mix a drop with some carrier and massage into the inside of the forearm. If there are no bad reactions, then the oils can be used safely.
- Avoid using them around the nose, mouth and eyes!
- Never pour undiluted essential oils into the ear!
- Children, elderly and people with health conditions should use them only with medical consent.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women must also consult with their doctors in advance. It is thought that volatile oil molecules can penetrate the placenta. Or they can be eliminated through breast milk.
- Never ingest essential oils without consulting a doctor first.
Frankincense and Lavender Fragrance Notes
Both oils smell differently. Lavender is slightly floral, with a more pungent herbal note. Frankincense smells spicy and warm, with resinous notes.
Lavender is a top-middle note, which means it’ll be the first you’ll smell. Frankincense is middle-base note, which means it reveals last and lasts longer. You’ll find perfume recipes here.
Both aromatic oils can be mixed with other oils in their categories. Spicy, oriental essences like Cinnamon, Sandalwood and Vanilla make good mixtures. Frankincense and Lavender can also be mixed with Chamomile, Valerian, Pine and Fire.
Frankincense and Lavender Uses and Blend Recipes
Before getting to the recipes part, here are a few tips to help you choose the best quality oils:
- Pay attention to the botanical name of each oil. It must be written on the label.
- Make sure they come in dark colored glass bottles.
- There should be no sediments on the bottom of the bottle.
- Ask for their GC/MS report to see how they’ve been extracted and what they contain.
- Avoid considering terms like “therapeutic grade” as there is no such thing. Essential oils are not regulated by an official body. Therefore, that term is mainly for marketing purpose.
- Keep the oils stored in cool, dark places. Write down the date you bought them and the date you opened them. That will help you figure out their shelf life.
Frankincense and Lavender Uses and Blends
I kept saying that both oils can be used in so many ways, so now’s the time to put them to the test. I’ve prepared a few recipes for you try your favorite essential oils.
Beauty (Skin and Hair Care)
Anti-Aging Serum Blend
- Lavender essential oil: 3 drops
- Frankincense essential oil: 3 drops
- Myrrh essential oil: 3 drops
- Argan oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Mix all the oils together and shake the blend well before each use. A Frankincense and Myrrh essential oil blend is very good for aging problems. If you add Lavender too, you can enjoy a truly concentrated serum. Apply a small amount on a clean face, neck and décolletage, every night.
Lavender and Frankincense Hair Mask
- Lavender oil: 3 – 6 drops
- Frankincense oil: 3 – 6 drops
- Olive or Coconut oil: 2 – 4 tbsp.
Warm the carrier oil very slightly and add the essential oils. Mix really well and apply on the scalp and hair, before bath time. You can keep the mask on for 15 – 60 minutes, under a shower cap or warm towel. The oils will leave the hair shiny, easy to comb and nourished.
Health (Digestion and Sleep)
Slow Digestion Boost
- Frankincense oil: 5 drops
- Lavender oil: 3 drops
- Peppermint oil: 5 drops
- Carrier oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply a moderate amount on the stomach area and massage clockwise for a few good minutes. You can do so after each meal that you find heavier than usual.
Better Sleep Essential Oil Blend (for Diffuser)
- Lavender oil: 2 drops
- Frankincense oil: 2 drops
- Chamomile oil: 1 drop
Add the oils to your diffuser. The amount is an approximation that works well in ultrasonic diffusers. Nebulizers require a bigger quantity. Simply follow the manufacturer’s recommendations. Let the oils diffuse half an hour before going to bed, and then turn it off. Inhale deeply until you fall asleep.
Odor Eliminator and Universal Disinfectant
- Spray bottle
- Purified water: 1 Oz (30 ml)
- Pure alcohol: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Frankincense essential oil: 20 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 10 drops
Shake the bottle well before each use to activate the oil molecules. Spray onto a wooden or ceramic surface and wipe with a soft cloth. The oils don’t leave greasy traces because they evaporate and don’t contain fatty acids. Or you can simply spray the mixture in a room to freshen up the air and prevent viral infections.
Frankincense can be used for many purposes, but so can Lavender. Some of the benefits of both Frankincense and Lavender are even scientifically proven. There are many interesting ways in which you can use these popular therapeutic oils. The choice is ultimately yours.
You can make really nice essential oil blends with Lavender and Frankincense. You can then use them daily to feel and look better and stay healthy. Which one is your favorite? Have you tried them together yet?