The modern uses of frankincense are much more varied. During labor, use a few drops of essential oil or tincture in a diffuser. It will help the mother-to-be to focus on her breathing, especially if using Lamaze. During menstruation, use 8-10 drops in bath water for a long, warm soak. Frankincense relieves cramps, corrects loss of focus, and reverses fatigue.
For asthma, bronchitis, coughs, colds, flu, and laryngitis, use 2-3 drops of essential oil or tincture in 1 ounce of carrier oil. Rub the mixture or use as a plaster on chest for asthma, bronchitis, coughs, and cold, and on throat for laryngitis. You can also add 2-3 drops to vaporizer water for use in steam inhalation.
For wounds, scars, and bedsores, use 2-3 drops in a cold compress applied directly to the inflamed area. Do not apply pressure to the wound. For acne, blemishes, or oily skin, wet a cotton ball with and add 2 or 3 drops of essential oil or tincture. Apply to affected areas with a gentle touch.
For hemorrhoids, massage a mixture of 2-3 drops of tincture or essential oil in 1 oz of lanolin into affected areas. For nasal congestion, sprinkle a few drops on a handkerchief and inhale periodically, or add to vaporizer water as above.
For arthritis or painful joints, add 3-5 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected areas. Also effective as a hot compress.
To relieve burning of urinary tract infections, use 8-10 drops in bath water, in addition to using medications prescribed by your health practitioner and drinking unsweetened cranberry juice.
For heavy periods, use 3-4 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on lower abdomen area regularly.
To improve circulation, mix 4-5 drops with 1 ounce of carrier oil and massage on affected areas of the body, such as feet or hand. Can also use in bath water.
To relieve mental or physical fatigue, use 3-5 drops in a diffuser. For use as a toner, wash face, then use 2-3 drops with 1 ounce of almond or avocado carrier oil, and rub gently onto face.