How to Make Your Own Frankincense Essential Oil

By LeafTV Editor

Frankincense essential oil is used in aromatherapy to relax and calm the mind. In some religions, it is inhaled by followers seeking a higher sense of self-awareness that allows them to meditate and slip into a state of trance. However, this powerful oil can be expensive and commercial versions are often laboratory-created synthetics. Making it yourself will ensure you have the best oil possible for your needs.

Gold Frankincense and Myrrh
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How To Make Your Own Frankincense Essential Oil


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

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 it well once every 12 hours.

Place the 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.

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


  • If you do not have access to a sunny windowsill, follow these steps daily: Place the jar of oil into a pot of cold water. Slowly increase the temperature until it is hot, but not so hot you cannot place your hand into the water without it being painful. Let the jar stay in the bath for 10 minutes then remove it.