Several years ago I was at a small town herbal shop that was closing for business. They had discounted their entire herb stock. I purchased several 1 lb bags of frankincense resin for only $1.00 per bag. Normally they cost around $12.00 per pound. It was on my “to do” list to make infused oil and this year I finally made the oil. If you have been following my blogs you know that I have spent the summer making all sorts of infused oils and this fall I intend to make salves. Making these oils and salves are not difficult and I encourage you to try some of these yourself.
There are many benefits to frankincense oil, in biblical times it was considered very valuable. You can use the oil in oil lamps, the smoke is a disinfectant and antiseptic. Frankincense is used to strengthen hair, with the olive oil base it makes a wonderful hot oil treatment. If topically applied to the skin it helps scars and stretch marks heal faster and has anti aging properties. Taken internally it is used for respiratory illnesses due to its diuretic properties. It is safer to use as a diuretic than pharmaceutical drugs due to the fact that it has no side effects. It also aids in digestion and helps with menstrual issues. It’s most commonly known for its aromatherapy benefits. Frankincense is very effective as a sedative, it induces a relaxing and peaceful mind, if applied to the temple or used as massage oil.
If you choose to make your own frankincense infused oil all you need is frankincense resin, a base oil (I used olive oil), a glass jar and a paper towel. Patience is the key to making this oil. Although, it takes very little effort.
How to make
First you will need to crack the resin, I used a mortar and pestle. Once you have cracked the resin place it in the jar and add your oil. I used approx. 9 tablespoons of resin in a quart canning jar and filled it with the olive oil. Cover with paper towel and seal with a canning jar ring or a rubber band. This prevents dust and debris from falling into your oil. I then placed it on a hot plate used for non burning candles. If you do not have one of these, place it in a sunny window. This speeds up the process. The recommended time to sit in the window is approximately 2 days. I chose to leave mine there for a month. I wanted to make sure it was strong and aromatic.
Once the oil has set for the allotted time, you will strain the oil. I used a mesh strainer and filtered it into a glass measuring cup. I then transferred it to a dark bottle. Label and date your bottle and place it in a cool dry place for one year.
As I mentioned before, this liquid gold takes patience. In the end it will be worth having this oil with all its health and beauty benefits. If you don’t have the patience to wait a month, you can purchase your frankincense oil online or at your local health food store. Either way I hope you enjoy your frankincense oil.