Wrinkles are a part of life, and while many see them as a sign of a life well lived, many
despise them and will do whatever it takes to try and keep them at bay. The dermis (the
middle layer of our skin) is made up of fibers called elastin that help to maintain a youthful
look and feel. A protein in the dermis called collagen also plays a part in preventing
wrinkles and creating a plumpness of the skin. Over time, the dermis loses both collagen
and elastin, meaning the skin gets thinner and has trouble getting enough moisture to the
epidermis (the outer layer of skin). When this happens, the creases of the skin that are
mainly present when we smile or frown, start to stick, even when we are not making those
Frankincense (boswellia serrata) is extremely anti-inflammatory, and has stimulating
effects on various important bodily glands, including those responsible for collagen and
elastin production. Frankincense oil also contains sesquiterpenes, which contribute greatly
to balance within the body. An ideal balance induces feelings of calm, peace, relaxation and
satisfaction, which can greatly reduce the intensity of many wrinkles, particularly on the
face. Everyday use of Frankincense oil is a great way to maintain overall cellular balance
and optimal cell regeneration.
For best use topically, use one part frankincense with one part carrier oil (such as jojoba,
almond or coconut) and apply directly to the skin.
Add 2-3 drops of frankincense oil to your regular daily moisturizer. Apply morning and
Frankincense oil can also be added (1-3 drops) to daily body lotion or body oil. Massage into
skin and repeat daily for healthy skin.
Place a few drops down the back of the neck and down the spine. Massage into each
Add 5-10 drops to a warm bath and soak for 10-20 minutes. This allows for the entire body
to absorb the healing properties of frankincense oil.
To prevent wrinkles from the inside out, take 1-3 drops under the tongue or in a glass of
Frankincense oil also induces a sense of calm, and can relieve stress that can potentially
weaken the immune system. Place 5-10 drops in a vapor diffuser and allow the scent to
penetrate both the environment as well as your senses.
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.