Make Your Own Frankincense Essential Oil

By LeafTV Contributor

Frankincense essential oil is used to relax and calm the mind - something we all need to do from time to time. However, this powerful oil can be expensive and commercial versions are often laboratory-created synthetics. Making it yourself will ensure you have the best, most effective essential oil possible.

Gold Frankincense and Myrrh
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DIY frankincense essential oil

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Step 1

Pour safflower oil into a jar, leaving room for the resin. Measure 8 tablespoons of frankincense and place it into a mortar and pestle. Use even pressure to lightly crack the resin.

Step 2

Deposit the cracked resin into the oil and stir. Close the jar tightly and place on a sunny windowsill. Let sit for two days, shaking well every 12 hours.

Step 3

After two days, place muslin over the mouth of the glass jar and strain the oil. To ensure the best scent concentration, wring out the solids into the oil. Repeat the process, adding more cracked resin and allowing it sit for two more days, if the scent is not potent enough.

Step 4

Pour the finished essential oil into a dark glass bottle. Label it and store in a cool dry place for up to a year.

Tips

  • If you don't have access to a sunny windowsill, place the jar of oil into a pot of cold water. Slowly increase the temperature until it's hot, but not so hot you can't tolerate placing your hand in the water. Let the jar stay in the bath for 10 minutes then remove.