Healing with Frankincense Essential Oil

Make the most of brain-health-boosting and cell-building frankincense essential oil.

If I was stranded on a deserted island and could choose only one essential oil to have with me, I would select frankincense, an oil that is both versatile and potent. Perhaps that’s why it has been in use for thousands of years and considered a precious gift according to Christian beliefs — the perfect present from three wise men.

Healing with Frankincense Essential Oil

While frankincense can be used for a host of health concerns, here are a few of its many amazing healing properties:

Skin, Nail and Scalp Antimicrobial: An exciting study in the journal Letters in Applied Microbiology found that not only was frankincense effective against several organisms linked to skin, nail and scalp infections, it also helped break down the biofilms that often underlie these difficult problems. Biofilms are thin, potentially health-damaging layers of microorganisms that secrete substances to help ensure their survival in or on the body. The presence of biofilms is usually a factor in infections that are difficult to eradicate. Earlier research in the same journal also found frankincense helpful against Candida Albicans and Staphylococcus aureus biofilms. Frankincense essential oil is one that may be safe to apply directly to skin, nail and scalp infections; however, some experts recommend never using essential oils undiluted. If you want to try it, use caution and test the oil on a sensitive patch of skin, then wait 48 hours. Otherwise, use the oil diluted in a carrier oil — three to four drops of essential oil in a teaspoon of carrier oil.

Multipurpose Antibacterial: Frankincense is effective against many other types of bacteria, in addition to those of the skin, nail, and scalp. In one study, researchers found that the essential oil showed significant antibacterial action against the three types of bacteria tested, which included E. coliBacillus subtilis, and S. aureus. These antibiotic-resistant bacteria are linked with food poisoning and other serious health-damaging infections. In addition to directly killing the bacteria, the oil prevented the bacteria from proliferating. The oil also demonstrated antioxidant capabilities, which means it can destroy harmful free radicals linked to cellular and tissue damage.

Oral Health: Because of its antibacterial and antimicrobial qualities, frankincense is a good supporter of oral health. To use it, look for a toothpaste that incorporates frankincense, or make a homemade mouthwash using high-quality essential oil.

Anti-Pain Power: Researchers set out to determine the validity of frankincense as a traditional remedy for arthritis, muscle and stomach pain. They validated its natural analgesic effects and effectiveness, and for these types of pain frankincense may be applied directly to affected areas (use caution, or dilute in a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil for sensitive skin). Some health experts recommend using internally, but always consult a medical professional before doing so.

Mood Booster: In a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, a natural compound in frankincense was found to have antidepressant qualities. The compound, known as incensole acetate (IA), can regulate hormones secreted by the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands. The hypothalamus and pituitary glands are located in the brain and are involved in mood regulation, while the adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys and help address stress in the body. The researchers concluded that IA has potential as a novel treatment for depression.

Wrinkle Reducer: Numerous small-scale studies found that daily use of frankincense essential oil diluted in a carrier oil such as coconut or sunflower reduced the appearance of wrinkles and sun damage. It may also be useful to reduce stretch marks and eczema.

Using Frankincense Essential Oil

There are many frankincense essential oil products on the market, but they’re not all of equal quality. When choosing an essential oil, look for one that has been reviewed by independent third-party laboratory testing.

High-quality frankincense essential oil is one oil I sometimes recommend be used neat (undiluted); however, some experts recommend always diluting essential oils. As previously mentioned, always conduct a 48-hour skin test of frankincense essential oil diluted in the carrier oil of your choice prior to more extensive use. If you have sensitive skin, dilute three to five drops of frankincense essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier oil such as sweet almond or fractionated coconut oil (a liquid version of coconut oil).

To benefit from its ability to disinfect and freshen the air, diffuse five drops of frankincense in an essential oil diffuser (preferably not an oil burner, as heating the oil can destroy its therapeutic properties). Diffuse for up to an hour.

Frankincense is classified as a base note, meaning that when added to essential oil blends it tends to last longer than many other oils. Usually, base notes should comprise between 5 and 20 percent of a blend. Frankincense adds a rich, warm, incense-like quality to essential oil blends.


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Frankincense Antiwrinkle Cream

Skin-soothing and moisturizing, this fresh face cream helps reduce the appearance of blemishes and wrinkles.
Because this luxurious cream does not contain preservatives, use it within a month or store it in the fridge for up to three months.

This luxurious moisturizer helps soothe skin, reduce blemishes and minimize the appearance of wrinkles. Unlike most of the anti-aging creams on the market, this one does not contain petrochemical-based products or chemical preservatives, making it a real treat for your skin. Keep in mind that because it is free of preservatives, it doesn’t last as long as chemical-laced commercial products, so you’ll want to use it within a month or keep it for up to three months in the refrigerator. You may want to use an old blender for this recipe, as the beeswax can leave a film that is difficult to completely remove.

• 3/4 cup sweet almond, apricot kernel or fractionated coconut oil
• 2 tablespoons shaved beeswax
• 30 drops frankincense essential oil
• 1 cup of filtered water

1. In a small saucepan over low heat, stir almond, apricot or coconut oil and beeswax together just until beeswax dissolves. Do not allow the oil to become hot. Immediately remove the saucepan from heat and add frankincense essential oil.

2. Pour water into blender, cover and begin blending it on high speed. With blender running, slowly pour the beeswax-oil mixture through hole in blender lid. The mixture will begin to thicken after about three-quarters of the beeswax has been incorporated.

3. Once all the beeswax has been blended, immediately pour cream into a 16-ounce glass jar or two 8-ounce glass jars. Use a spatula to remove any remaining cream from the blender. Makes about 1- 3/4 cups.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carterii) has a deep, resinous, balsamic scent. It’s familiar and comforting, yet rare enough in daily life that smelling it makes the moment stand out.

Frankincense’s ability to remind me that every moment is special is one reason I love it.

Below, I’ll share some Aromatherapy recipes with Frankincense essential oil, and talk about the therapeutic effects it can bring to your blends.

1. Turn to Frankincense when you want to calm down and restore yourself after a long day.

I like to make stock blends with Frankincense essential oil.

If you make a single-use diffuser blend (about 5-10 drops of essential oil dropped right in your diffuser), and you absolutely love it, you can increase the recipe and make a small bottle of your blend.

I use a 5 ml amber glass bottle, and I keep it right next to my favorite diffuser.

Here’s a stock blend I make with Frankincense:


  • 40 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 20 drops Green Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
  • 5 drops Jasmine Absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum)

Use 5-10 drops in your diffuser.

This blend is resinous, with warm floral notes and a hint of bright citrus. All three oils are calming and reassuring—so this blend is the perfect companion for a relaxing evening!

2. Frankincense is a perfect essential oil for your yoga or massage practice.

Frankincense is a resin produced by the Boswellia carterii tree when its trunk is wounded. The resin is brought from deep within the tree to seal and heal the wounds.

I find that Frankincense essential oil brings this same quality to massages and yoga practices. During those times, we can access deep reserves of inner strength and heal in profound ways.

Here’s a diffuser recipe that you can use in your massage room or yoga studio to promote this quality. Make the blend in a 5 ml stock bottle. Use 5-10 drops in your diffuser.


  • 15 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 10 drops Juniper (Juniperus communis)
  • 20 drops Elemi (Canarium luzonicum)
  • 15 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)


  • Smile!

Frankincense is also very supportive of skin, so it’s perfect for massage oils, too!

 3. Frankincense hydrosols can help you calm and center quickly.

Do you use hydrosols? Hydrosols are aromatic waters with therapeutic properties. They’re excellent for those times when you don’t need the full strength of essential oil.

Frankincense hydrosol is calming, centering, and skin-loving. There are so many ways you can use it!

  • Spray it on your face as a toner after washing.
  • Spray some on a washcloth and run it over your body right before you get out of the shower.
  • Add a capful to your bath water.
  • Body Spritz after your shower.
  • Use it as a linen spray before bed.
  • Use it as a facial steam. (Add a capful to a bowl of hot water. Lean over the bowl and cover your head with a towel, breathing deeply. You can add one drop of Frankincense essential oil if you like. This is great for your skin or for when you feel a cold coming on!)
  • Spray it on your yoga mat before you begin your practice.

If you start using Frankincense hydrosol, I bet you’ll come up with even more ways to use it every day.

4. Use Frankincense for meditation.

Frankincense has a long history of use during meditation and rituals. So what better way to use Frankincense than as incense?

There is actually a way to make incense sticks themselves, but if I’m short on time, I just add essential oils to ready-made blank sticks. That’s the method I’m going to share with you today.

I suggest making one incense stick to start with. Then if you like the experience of burning it, you can make a small batch of them. One stick will take about 20 drops of essential oil.

Here’s a beautiful blend of Frankincense essential oil:


  • 10 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
  • 8 drops Cypress (Cupressus sempervirens)
  • 2 drops Jasmine (Jasminum grandiflorum) OR Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)

I use a long, narrow olive dish to make incense. I just lay the stick in the dish, drop the essential oils onto it, and roll the stick in the oils that fall in the bottom of the dish to soak them all up.

If you don’t have an olive dish, you can use a piece of foil folded into a “V” shape. Just be sure to turn the ends up so your oils don’t spill out!

Get to know Frankincense.

Feel like you’ve made a new friend (or gotten to know an old friend in a new way)? I hope so! The more you blend with Frankincense essential oil, the more you notice nuances of its aroma and experience the variety of ways it has to support your well-being.



Frankincense Essential Oil is an eminent and versatile oil that can be used on almost any part of the body for almost any ailment. The positive effects of Frankincense Oil are powerful and have beneficial impacts on interconnected body systems. It is famed for its ability to strengthen and invigorate the respiratory system, stimulate the immune system, reduce the appearance of aging, diminish anxiety, and eliminate bacteria, both on surfaces and in the air. It can be used in numerous body care products ranging from skin and hair care to emotional care through aromatherapy. This article highlights what can be achieved with natural homemade recipes that use the advantages of Frankincense Essential Oil.


Frankincense Essential Oil can be added to a diffuser or vaporizer and inhaled for its sedative, earthy fragrance that is known to enhance the mood and combat stress and anxiety. It is believed that, in spiritual practices, the scent of Frankincense strengthens intuition and deepens a spiritual connection by enhancing focus, regardless of the practice. A few drops of Frankincense added to a diffuser or mixed with water to make an air freshening spray can eliminate airborne bacteria. Sprayed in a bedroom at night, it can help achieve a state of relaxation and readiness for sleep.


Frankincense Essential Oil 5 drops
Myrrh Essential Oil 5 drops
Cedarwood Essential Oil (optional – to lighten the aroma a bit) 5 drops
Orange Essential Oil (optional – to add a sweet, fruity aroma to the blend) 5-10 drops



  1. Add all oils to a 2-mL glass bottle.
  2. Roll bottle between hands to thoroughly blend oils.
  3. Based on manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops to your diffuser.



  • To increase the quantity, multiply the recipe above and add it to a larger bottle.
  • This recipe is not intended for topical use.


Ingredient Amount
Lavender Essential Oil 3-4 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 2 drops
Orange Essential Oil 2 drops



  1. Add all oils to a 2-mL glass bottle.
  2. Roll bottle between hands to thoroughly blend oils.
  3. Based on manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops to your diffuser.



  • To increase the quantity, multiply the recipe above and add it to a larger bottle.
  • This recipe is not intended for topical use.


Ingredient Amount
Frankincense Essential Oil 6 drops
Patchouli Essential Oil 5 drops
Sandalwood Essential Oil 4 drops



  1. Add all oils to a 2-mL glass bottle.
  2. Roll bottle between hands to thoroughly blend oils.
  3. Based on manufacturer’s instructions, add the appropriate number of drops to your diffuser.



  • To increase the quantity, multiply the recipe above and add it to a larger bottle.
  • This recipe is not intended for topical use.




After dilution with an unscented carrier oil, Frankincense Essential Oil can be absorbed into the skin via topical application. It is known to prevent the body from producing molecules that cause inflammation related to arthritis, asthma, painful bowel disorders, and other inflammatory ailments. By preventing the breakdown of cartilage tissue, it helps decrease muscle, joint, and tendon pain naturally. Frankincense Essential Oil is popular for its astringent, disinfectant, and digestive properties. Its antiseptic property protects the wound from becoming infected and facilitates healing. It protects cells and can fade scars by boosting cellular regeneration.


Ingredient Amount
Jojoba Oil (cold pressed) 1/4 cup
Lavender Essential Oil 2 drops
Peppermint Essential Oil 2 drops
Frankincense Essential Oil 5 drops



  1. Combine all ingredients in a dark bottle.
  2. Cap the bottle and gently shake it to mix the ingredients.
  3. If the fragrance is too strong for personal preference, an additional 1 to 1.5 tbsp (15 to 22mL) of carrier oil may be added.
  4. Shake bottle gently to thoroughly mix all ingredients again.
  5. Massage 1 tsp of the blend into the affected area.


Ingredient Amount
Frankincense Essential Oil 14 drops
Sweet Orange Essential Oil 10 drops
Turmeric Essential Oil 8 drops
Sweet Almond Oil 2 tbsp



  1. Blend all oils in a dark glass dropper bottle.
  2. Massage 1 tsp of the blend into the affected area.




In aromatherapy, the calming, grounding fragrance of Frankincense Essential Oil has demonstrated its ability to naturally reduce anxiety, stress, and depression without causing drowsiness. This is beneficial in treating issues with sleeplessness; it can act as a sleep aid by reducing the pain that causes insomnia and allowing the body to reach a temperature that is ideal for facilitating the onset of sleep.

Frankincense Oil not only boosts cell regeneration, it also maintains the health of existing cells and tissues. This ability along with its astringent property makes Frankincense Oil an effective oil for slowing down the look of aging skin anywhere on the body, as it can smooth and tighten the look of wrinkles and reduce the appearance of blemishes such as sunspots.


Ingredient Amount
Frankincense Essential Oil 10 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 5 drops
Bergamot Essential Oil 5 drops
Full-Fat Milk 1 cup



  1. Pour milk into glass container/jar.
  2. Add the essential oils to the milk and mix well to create an even emulsion.
  3. Add the blend to a hot bath.
  4. Relax in the bath for 30 minutes to 1 hour.


Ingredient Amount
Epsom Salt 1 cup
Dead Sea Salt ¼ cup
Baking Soda ¼ cup
Essential Oils (see suggested blends below) 8-10 drops



  1. Pour Epsom Salt into a clean mixing bowl.
  2. Add Dead Sea Salt to the Epsom Salt. Mix well.
  3. Add Baking Soda to the salts. Mix well.
  4. Add Essential Oil(s). Mix well.
  5. Spoon the final product into clean jars (such as canning or jam jars).
  6. When adding the salts to a bath, ensure complete dissolution in water to avoid slipping.
  7. Depending on the size of the bathtub, use between ¼ to ½ cup of this salt blend per bath.




To reduce skin imperfections and uplift the mood, try this…

Ingredient Amount
Frankincense Essential Oil 3 drops
Patchouli Essential Oil 3 drops
Orange Essential Oil 3 drops


To ease tension, reduce blemishes, and soothe skin, try this…

Ingredient Amount
Frankincense Essential Oil 4 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 4 drops


To ground, balance, and relax the body, try this…

Ingredient Amount
Frankincense Essential Oil 4 drops
Sandalwood Essential Oil 4 drops




By blending Frankincense with other essential oils and diluting the mixture, it can be used in cosmetics to make natural homemade products. In shampoos, its tonic property is believed to help strengthen hair roots, while in skin care products it is reputed to help heal wounds and minimize the appearance of scars and blemishes by supporting the regeneration of skin.

Frankincense Oil is a tonic that boosts overall health. By applying it topically all over the body, it can benefit respiration, digestion, as well as the nervous and excretory systems. It aids the body in improving the absorption of nutrients and strengthens the immune system.


Ingredient Amount
Beeswax 50 mL / 2 oz. (3 Tbsp + 1 tsp)
Cocoa Butter 50 mL / 2 oz. (3 Tbsp + 1 tsp)
Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT) 50 mL / 2 oz. (3 Tbsp + 1 tsp)
Mango Butter 50 mL / 2 oz. (3 Tbsp + 1 tsp)
Frankincense Essential Oil 40 drops (40 drops)
Sweet Orange Essential Oil 60 drops (50 drops)



  1. Combine the wax, butters, and MCT in a cooking pot.
  2. Heat on the stove until melted.
  3. Stir gently but thoroughly.
  4. Remove mixture from heat, and when it begins to appear cloudy, stir in the Essential Oils.
  5. Pour the mixture into sterile jars, cap them loosely, and let them sit for 4 hours undisturbed.
  6. Apply the finished butter to affected areas of the body.


Ingredients Amount
Carrier Oil (Almond Sweet, Borage, Evening Primrose or Wheat Germsuggested) 4 tsp (20 mL / 0.7 oz.)
Frankincense Essential Oil (Egyptian) 5 drops
Neroli Essential Oil 3 drops
Rose Otto Essential Oil 2 drops



  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Apply mixture to face and leave on overnight to moisturize.



  • If making a larger quantity, store in a dark glass bottle and use as needed. 


Ingredient Amount
Bentonite Clay 2 Tbsp
Egg Yolk 1
Raw Honey 1 Tsp
Frankincense Essential Oil 3 drops
Lavender Essential Oil 2 drops



  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Apply mixture to face and leave on for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse mask off with warm water.
  4. Moisturize face (Organic Coconut Oil suggested)


Ingredient Amount
Cocoa Butter ½ cup
Coconut Oil ¼ cup
Jojoba Oil 2 Tbsp
Sweet Almond Oil 2 Tbsp
Frankincense Essential Oil 40 drops



  1. In a double boiler, melt the Cocoa Butter.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the melted Cocoa Butter with the Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil and Almond Oil.
  3. Place the bowl in the fridge until the mixture hardens.
  4. Once it has cooled, put it in a stand mixer and whip.
  5. Scrape off the sides of the bowl with a spatula to ensure everything has been thoroughly whipped. Continue to whip it until it is well mixed and fluffy.
  6. Add the Frankincense Essential Oil and whip it again.
  7. Store the cream in glass jars.
  8. Apply to the face cream to the skin as needed.





Myrrh Essential Oil: This antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-fungal essential oil are beneficial for reducing the appearance of aging due to its ability to rejuvenate skin, heal wounds, and soothe inflammation. Its expectorant property reduces phlegm, thereby relieving cough and cold symptoms such as congestion.


Cedarwood Essential Oil: This oil is known to enhance concentration and promote the retention of information. It tightens and tones the skin, promotes hair growth, and prevents wounds from developing infections. Its anti-inflammatory property soothes skin irritations and relieves muscle and joint pain.


Patchouli Essential Oil: The calming scent of Patchouli Essential Oil relieves anxiety, stress, and depression, making it effective for achieving relaxation. This oil is known to have a grounding and balancing effect on emotions. It relieves stress and thereby strengthens the immune system.


Jojoba Oil: This carrier oil is actually a liquid wax that resembles sebum, which is produced by human skin glands and which acts as a conditioning agent for skin. It is best known for its ability to balance skin’s oil production by removing excess oil and for preventing skin irritations. It locks in skin’s moisture and protects it from harsh environmental elements.


Lavender Essential Oil: This popular oil is known to relieve stress that is experienced both physically and emotionally. Its calming scent alleviates the feelings of sadness, anxiety, and fatigue. By promoting relaxation and reducing pulse rates as well as feelings of irritability, it induces calmness and improves sleep.


Peppermint Essential Oil: This oil is popular for its cooling scent that improves focus and mental clarity, boosts energy, clears the respiratory tract, and releases muscle tightness. It is used to soothe and reduce aches and digestive problems. Its anti-microbial property protects the body against bacteria.


Orange Essential Oil: This oil positively influences the body by providing a sense of upliftment, peacefulness, and cheerfulness. Its ability to alleviate anxiety, anger, and depression makes it beneficial for relaxing muscles, which promotes restfulness, drowsiness, and thus increased sleep duration. Orange essential oil is known to prevent fungal infections and to inhibit the growth of further bacterial growth, which is useful for disinfecting wounds.


Turmeric Essential Oil: This oil relieves common cold, anxiety, and depression symptoms. It’s protective and anti-inflammatory properties help ease joint and muscle pain. Historically, it has also been used to ease stomach pains by improving digestion. It eliminates toxins, promotes heart health, strengthens the immune system, and boosts circulation.


Sweet Almond Oil: Almond carrier oil provides an intense hydration suitable for all skin types. This skin-softening lubricant is almost odorless and is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, and essential fatty acids. Skin will look and feel nourished and revitalized.


Bergamot Essential Oil: This energizing oil is known to boost circulation and to reduce nervous tension, stress, and anxiety, which in turn replaces negative mental states with feelings of joy, refreshment, and vigor. The relief of heavy emotional stressors such as sadness may lead to reduced blood pressure, enhanced relaxation, and better regulation of the sleep hormones serotonin and dopamine, which may lead to better sleep.


Full-Fat Milk: Using milk in cosmetics can improve the complexion by cleansing, exfoliating, smoothing, and softening the skin. It can soothe skin irritations such as wounds and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. In hair, it works as a conditioner that can restore natural sheen.


Epsom Salt: These salts are known to facilitate the expulsion of toxins from the body, relieve stress, promote relaxation, soothe inflammation, and enhance the body’s nutrient absorption.


Dead Sea Salt: These salts are known to balance skin’s moisture, boost circulation, relieve muscle pain, improve metabolic functions, and detoxify.


Baking Soda: This finely powdered salt is known to help detoxify the body and to soften skin to make it smooth.


Sandalwood Essential Oil: This oil is known to soothe skin irritations such as inflammation, wounds, or acne and can reduce the appearance of aging skin. Sandalwood Oil is used to improve mental clarity, memory, calmness, and libido. It is believed to fight bacteria that contribute to respiratory ailments and to promote a sense of relaxation, calmness, and harmony.


Beeswax: When added to creams and butters, Beeswax acts as a thickening agent and makes them more spreadable on the skin. By exfoliating and helping skin retain moisture, Beeswax prevents skin from drying out and promotes the appearance of rejuvenated skin.


Cocoa Butter: This moisturizer increases levels of endorphins and serotonin, providing a general emotional boost. The magnesium contained in the cacao is believed to prevent mood swings. Phenylethylamine, which is a stimulant in the cacao, can lead to a keen sense of awareness, energy, and endurance.


Fractionated Coconut Oil (MCT): This type of Coconut Oil is also called “liquid coconut oil.” It mixes well with other oils in a product and extends the product’s shelf life. It penetrates the skin quickly and adds moisture without clogging pores.


Mango Butter: This non-greasy butter absorbs easily into the skin to soften and deeply moisturize. Its anti-oxidant properties reduce the appearance of wrinkles, making it an anti-aging moisturizer. Mango Butter is also known for its anti-inflammatory property and for protecting skin from UV radiation.


Carrier Oil of Your Choice: Carrier oils help to dilute essential oils before topical application, as their potency can be harmful when used in high concentrations without dilution. Carrier oils also help essential oils remain on the skin longer without quickly evaporating.


Neroli Essential Oil: The scent of this oil uplifts negative moods and promotes sensuality by encouraging libido and enhancing arousal. Applied to the skin, it protects wounds from becoming infected and guards against toxins. It promotes easy breathing by inhibiting the production of excess mucus in the nose and throat.


Rose Otto Essential Oil: This oil is known to relieve anxiety, reduce feelings of depression, enhance libido, balance hormones, and improve the complexion by reducing the appearance of rosacea and acne.

Market Report August 2018 {Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, Raw Materials}

The following report contains updates on the current trends in production and availability of the most in-demand Essential Oils, Carrier Oils, and Raw Materials sourced from around the globe.

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Patchouli Oil

In Indonesia, the Patchouli supply has decreased, and the next yield is expected to be lower. It is currently an ideal time to make an investment in Patchouli stocks. Big buyers have recently entered the market and a large number of processors are purchasing new plant material at the newer price points. Given the current prices in the Indonesian market, the production of Patchouli in India is not likely to be reestablished; despite some cultivation in limited areas, most Patchouli is being used for the propagation of plants rather than for the production of oil. Despite the availability of organic production, albeit a limited one, Indian Patchouli Oil differs from the Indonesian oil; hence, natural product formulators looking to replace the Indonesian oil with the Indian oil may find that the latter does not match their preference.


Frankincense Oil

In India, the Frankincense gum harvest season came to a close as the Monsoon season began at the end of June. Because gum collection takes place in several regions, the crop yield varies and is dependent on numerous growth conditions; however, the average yield for Frankincense Essential Oil ranges between 4 and 9%. The anti-inflammatory properties of Frankincense derivatives have increased the value and popularity of their use in medicinal applications in the pharmaceutical industry. Frankincense prices remain high with a nominal competition. With increasing demand for this oil, the prices are also expected to keep gradually increasing. Frankincense supply remains stable and some large quantities may still be obtainable.


Lavender Oil (Bulgaria)

In Bulgaria, Lavender is harvested in the month of July. This year’s exceptionally low yield caused by excessive rains has resulted in an acute shortage of material available for distillation. Given this shortage, it is predicted that the demand will not be met. Current market prices in Bulgaria are 50% higher than last year.


Tea Tree Oil

In Australia, Tea Tree leaves are harvested between May and November. This year’s steady rainfall has placed constraints on and has affected production to the point where there is no carryover stock. This current state of affairs is not expected to improve any time soon, thus oil prices are predicted to increase. The production season recommenced in June and has been expected to continue to August 2018.

In China, Tea Tree leaves are harvested between May and August. In August, the crop season also commences and carries on until October. Last year’s production was negatively impacted by continuous rains in the main areas of production, namely the regions of Guangdong, Guangxi, and Fujian. There is a tight market and, in the near future, the prices are estimated to continue increasing.

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Basil Oil (India)

In India, Basil is harvested between the months of November and February. At present, it is challenging to obtain the Basil plant material.


Rosemary Oil (Spain)

In Spain, Rosemary is harvested between February and June. Oil samples that are currently available in the market are derived from wild harvesting, and the distillation of the first batches of oil is set to proceed. Despite the low availability of Rosemary, the market is calm at present, but the updates from local farmers are optimistic.


Cinnamon Leaf Oil

In Sri Lanka, Cinnamon is harvested between the months of May and November. Due to a major drought in the growing region, the collection has decreased and the oil supply is low. A new crop was expected to have become available in larger quantities between July and August, an ideal time to meet the year’s requirements. The prices for Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil are unstable; however, this is partly because of the depreciation of the Sri Lankan rupee.

Best Essential Oils and Their Benefits

Essential oils, also called volatile oils, are scented oils extracted from plants. Historically, they’ve been used in medicine, cosmetics, perfumes, food, and, more recently, aromatherapy. Essential oils are “essential” because they contain the “essence” of the plant, meaning the taste or odor.

Not only are essential oils popular, they have legitimate therapeutic use and the science to back it up. Although the exact benefit depends on the oil in question, some have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. Others can affect cognitive function, mood, and memory. Some can even help alleviate stiff, sore muscles and joints.

Some essential oils can be applied to the skin, others are best taken orally. However–and this is important–do not ingest or topically apply any essential oils unless you are absolutely certain that they can be used this way. Not all essential oils are safe to take internally and some can irritate the skin. Essential oils are a concentrated source of many phytochemicals and some essential oils must be diluted with an unscented “carrier oil” to be used safely on the skin.

Health Benefits of Common Oils

One of the primary benefits of essential oils is that, when used properly, they offer many benefits and have few, if any, side effects. Many essential oils are effective against harmful organisms. Some can positively affect your mood and mental state. Some essential oils can even help you reduce a headache or feelings of nausea. Aromatherapy uses essential oils to improve quality of life and reduce unpleasant side effects of aggressive therapies and health conditions. Just be careful not to spill them; some surfaces, like painted wood, may react with essential oils.

Lavender Oil

Derived from fresh lavender flowers, lavender oil is one of the most well known essential oils. It appears to slow the activity of the central nervous system, improve sleep quality, promote better concentration, and help encourage hair regrowth in those suffering from alopecia areata, a type of hair loss.

Lavender may also help fight anxiety. In one study, encapsulated lavender oil was found to be effective for generalized anxiety disorder, without sedative effects or potential for abuse.

Eucalyptus Oil

Eucalyptus oil, derived from the leaves of Eucalyptus odorata, a smaller variety of eucalyptus tree, is a powerful biocide. It’s antimicrobial, insecticidal (kills insects), herbicidal, acaricidal (kills ticks and mites), and nematicidal (kills nematodes). It’s especially effective against the bacterial strains Staphylococcus aureusHaemophilus influenzaStaphylococcus agalactiae, and Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Eucalyptus oil is great for respiratory health. Inhaling eucalyptus steam can help alleviate a cough and congestion. The aroma of the oil acts as an expectorant, helping to loosen phlegm in the nasal passages and lungs.

In one study, researchers found that the combination of eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil boosts cognitive performance. The same study also found the scent of these two essential oils reduce headaches and promote mental and muscular relaxation.

Peppermint Oil


Peppermint oil can help alleviate nausea, a headache, upset stomach, gas, indigestion, and anxiety. It works on the digestive system by speeding up the rate of elimination. Peppermint oil calms the involuntary smooth muscle of the stomach, producing an antispasmodic effect, and improves the flow of bile. It can help soothe discomfort associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and studies have shown that encapsulated peppermint oil can reduce IBS symptoms in as many as 80% of people who take it. Peppermint oil is effective because it contains menthol that interferes with the movement of electrolytes across cell membranes, stopping involuntary contractions.

Beyond digestive help, peppermint oil may offer relief for HSV-1 (Herpes simplex) outbreaks by permeating the skin and acting as a virucide directly on the virus. More research is needed, but preliminary results suggest topical application may fight outbreaks.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is another essential oil with strong antimicrobial properties. Also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree oil comes from “tea” or “paperbark” trees. In Australia, it has a long history of use as an antiseptic. Bundjalung aborigines native to Australia inhaled the aroma of crushed leaves to relieve a cough and used poultices to help heal wounds.

Today, we know that tea tree oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antiprotozoal. It fights harmful organisms by damaging cell membranes. Tea tree oil also inhibits the growth and sporulation of yeast and fungus. The oil can be applied topically to cuts to discourage infection.

Like peppermint oil, tea tree oil seems to have an effect on HSV-1. One study revealed that, while topical tea tree oil doesn’t prevent recurrent herpes outbreaks, it may reduce viral load by up to 98.2%.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is derived from the seeds of the wild jojoba shrub, a small, woody desert plant native to Arizona, California, and northwestern Mexico. Historically, Native Americans used jojoba oil to help wounds heal. Jojoba oil contains unique fatty acids and fatty alcohol esters that are similar, but superior, to those found in sperm whales.

Unlike other essential oils, jojoba oil is not a volatile oil, but still offers plenty of benefits, primarily to the skin. With respect to wound healing, researchers found that jojoba oil accelerates the closure of wounds at a cellular level. To improve skin appearance and reduce acne, incorporate jojoba oil into your skincare routine. Evidence indicates that clay-jojoba oil facial masks might be an effective remedy for mild acne.

Blue Chamomile Oil

Blue chamomile oil is extracted from German chamomile. The vibrant color of blue chamomile oil is a result of the steam extraction process—the azulene content in the oil darkens to an inky blue, brilliant azure, or deep green. This color fades and turns dark yellow during storage, but, don’t worry, the oil’s benefits don’t fade.

Chamomile has been used therapeutically for thousands of years by Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians to remedy everything from skin conditions and injuries to fever and insomnia. As a traditional medicine, blue chamomile oil may help with eczema, wounds, bruises, burns, canker sores, mastitis, and other conditions.

Chamomile is also appreciated for its anti-inflammatory effects. One study found that chamomile inhibits and prevents a chemical process in the body that incites inflammation. Further, chamomile seems to inhibit the effects of the stomach-ulcer-provoking bacteria Helicobacter pylori.

Chamomile tea can help with insomnia, and inhaling the aroma of chamomile oil produces a mild sedative effect on the brain, which makes you feel sleepy. Like lavender, chamomile oil offers a mild anti-anxiety effect for those who suffer from generalized anxiety disorder.

Rose Oil

Rose oil is a floral-scented essential oil derived from the petals of several species of rose. In contrast, rose absolute is not an essential oil because the essence of the rose is extracted using a more intense chemical extraction processes. Like other essential oils, rose oil promotes a calm mood and fights harmful organisms. It contains tocopherol (a vitamin E compound), carotene, and high levels of phenolic compounds. Rose oil can make your skin more permeable so it’s often added to skin care products to improve efficacy.

Oregano Oil

Oregano oil contains carvacrol, a powerful organic compound with a long list of beneficial properties, including fighting harmful organisms. Carvacrol also supports liver health.

Jasmine Oil

Jasmine oil is derived from jasmine flowers. While many of the essential oils mentioned are sleep aids and relaxants, jasmine oil has a stimulating effect. When applied topically, jasmine oil increases alertness, breathing rate, and vigor. These effects may promote an uplifted mood and better sense of well-being.

Copaiba Oil

Copaiba oil is extracted from the Amazonian plants in the Copaifera genus. Copaiba oil contains copalic acid, which seems to halt the growth of common, but harmful, dental bacteria such as Streptococcus pyogenusStreptococcus salivarius, and Streptococcus mutagens. Copaiba oil also has strong anti-inflammatory effects. Unlike most essential oils, copaiba oil can be taken orally.

Bergamot Oil

Bergamot oil is known for its calming effects, but it may also encourage a healthy body weight and help with vascular and heart health. Researchers aren’t yet sure how, but bergamot oil encourages normal cholesterol levels and blood sugar.

Neroli Oil

Neroli oil is derived from the blossom of Citrus aurantium, also known as the bitter orange tree, which is native to tropical and subtropical Asia. The oil goes by many names but is frequently called “orange bitters” and “Seville orange.” It’s known as Neroli because of a 17th-century Italian princess, Anne Marie Orsini of Nerola, took a liking to the scent. Neroli oil is commonly added to diet pills due to its ability to act as an appetite suppressant. One of the major benefits of Neroli oil is that it helps relieve symptoms associated with menopause and stress. It also boosts the actions of the endocrine system, fights harmful organisms, and soothes irritation.

Lemon Balm Oil

Also called valerian, lemon balm is another essential oil that helps with symptoms of menopause, especially disordered sleep patterns. Lemon balm also seems to sharpen memory and boost problem-solving abilities. Some promising research indicates that it may improve recall for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Pomegranate Oil

Pomegranate oil comes from the many seeds of the pomegranate. It’s exceptionally rich in linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid. Some research suggests pomegranate oil may even delay the development of colon cancer and skin cancer. The oil also enhances the immune system.

Frankincense Oil

Frankincense oil is extracted from Boswellia tree sap and has a long history of therapeutic use. Most interestingly, frankincense promotes normal cell growth.

How to Use Essential Oils

Most essential oils are safe to use, but you have to pay attention to their intended use and stick to those applications. Some oils can only be used aromatically and should not be applied to the skin or taken orally. You may have noticed that many of the oils are effective against harmful organisms. Those effects aren’t always limited to harmful organisms—they might affect gut and skin microbiota, too. Others can kill cells indiscriminately, including normal tissue cells.

There are, of course, gentle essential oils that are great for the skin. Neroli oil, for example, promotes circulation and soothes irritation. Rose oil moisturizes the skin and is used as a gentle toner. To take advantage of some of the skin benefits of essential oils, AquaSpirit® contains Neroli, rose, jasmine, and lavender oil. It encourages healthy-looking, radiant skin and promotes well-being.