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Which Frankincense Should You Choose?


Which Frankincense Should You Choose?

We have our favorite essential oils here at Plant Therapy and Frankincense is at the top of the list. This workhorse of an essential oil has a number of versatile uses that make it a must-have for your collection. Even though we offer several varieties of Frankincense that each bring unique nuances, they share the same wonderful benefits. No matter which Frankincense you use, you really can’t go wrong. But we also understand that you want to invest in the oil you’ll use the most without buying all four varieties of Frankincense (yes, we said four).

Find more details on the benefits and uses of Frankincense here.

Frankincense Carterii

Frankincense Carterii

Frankincense Carterii boasts more of a green, balsamic aroma than the other varieties. It’s also the most popular and readily available variety of Frankincense. It’s wonderful for meditation and yoga practices as it helps provide a grounding and comforting atmosphere. And it’s even a great choice to use during times of grief or mourning. Try combining with other comforting oils like Rose and Sandalwood.

Frankincense Carterii is also wonderful for bumps, bruises, aches, and pains. Try diluting in your favorite carrier oil or lotion so you can apply it whenever you need it. Learn more about the benefits and uses of Frankincense Carterii here.

Frankincense Serrata Essential Oil

Frankincense Serrata

Even though all Frankincense is good for relieving aches and swollen joints, Frankincense Serrata is also the best choice for this issue. It can also be used to ease pain caused by menstruation. These pain-relieving benefits make a great choice for your toolkit if you work out a lot, experience aches and pains from everyday wear and tear, or need a little extra relief during that time of the month. Frankincense Serrata’s green, woody, and earthy scent helps promote clear and deep breathing. Try combining it with oils like Eucalyptus Globulus and Fir Needle for a fresh, clearing blend.

Frankincense resin in bowls with full essential oil bottles

Frankincense Frereana

This variety of Frankincense is well-known for its rejuvenating benefits when added to your skincare routine. It can help smooth the appearance of wrinkles, scars, dry and damaged skin. Who doesn’t need a little extra TLC in your skincare routine? Try incorporating this oil into your daily skincare routine by diluting it in one of our amazing carrier oil blends like Younger Glo or Near Perfection. This variety of Frankincense, like the other varieties, can also help to support a healthy immune system.

Fantasic Franks

Fantastic Franks

Get the best of everything Frankincense with this incredible blend. Fantastic Franks combines four different varieties: Carterii, Frereana, Papyrifera, and the highly sought-after and valuable Sacra. It’s one of the most important essential oils for skincare and provides remarkable rejuvenating and healing properties. Great for anything from blemishes and minor skin wounds to aging concerns, just dilute it in a carrier oil and apply it to your face (1-2% dilution) or other areas of your body (3-5% dilution). As a gentle “balancer” for oily skin, Frankincense is thought to help regenerate aging skin, keep wrinkles at bay, and may even smooth out the appearance of some existing ones. And like all varieties of Frankincense, this blend brings a lovely grounding note to your diffuser blends.


Remember, no matter what Frankincense Essential Oil you choose, you’re sure to fall in love. Do you have a favorite variety? Let us know in the comments below!