Depression is a condition that affects millions of people worldwide each year. Symptoms
of depression include sadness, irritability, lethargy, insomnia, loss of interest in every day
activities, school, and a general sense of unhappiness in life.
Frankincense essential oil (boswellia serrata) can be extremely helpful in alleviating
symptoms of depression because it contains sesquiterpenes, which contribute greatly to
balancing hormones and emotions. They act to increase oxygenation of the pineal and
pituitary glands in the brain, allowing for ideal balance of emotion-regulating hormones.
Frankincense oil also stimulates the mind, helping to promote mental clarity and optimal
For many, frankincense oil provides a natural solution for mild to moderate cases of
depression. This oil is a fantastic alternative to common antidepressant medications, which
are slow to act, provide no guarantees, and have horrific side effects.
Diffuse 5-10 frankincense oil in a steam vaporizer throughout the day. This constant
exposure to the vapors alleviates both emotional and physical symptoms of depression.
Take 3 drops underneath the tongue in the morning and again at night. This is the quickest
way for this oil to absorb into the bloodstream.
For use topically, add a few drops to an unscented carrier oil (such as almond or jojoba)
or lotion and rub on any desired part of the body. Adding a couple drops to a morning face
regimen can help set the stage for increased mental function throughout the rest of the day.
Frankincense oil can also be used topically in its undiluted (“neat”) form. Add 1-2 drops to
the bridge of the nose, behind the ears, and to reflex points such as the inside of the wrists,
between the toes and on the bottoms of feet.
Place a few drops on your palms, rub them together, cup hands around nose and mouth, and
breathe in deeply.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.