The Benefits of Frankincense Beyond Brain Development


Frankincense is derived from the resin of the Boswellia tree. It was first collected and used by the Egyptians before 3000 years BC for both incense and medicine. Since then it has been valued for its aromatic, spiritual, and medicinal properties. Its complex bouquet of balsamic, woodsy, and slightly spicy notes not only calms the mind but also brings a host of health benefits.

Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil for Babies

Enhance Brain Development

The developing brain is highly susceptible to oxidative stress and inflammation, which can adversely affect neurodevelopment. Frankincense's potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant actions can help mitigate these risks, safeguarding the brain's development processes. According to an article in the National Institute of Health, inhaling frankincense highly affects the brain function as these fragrances can cross the blood brain barrier, thus interacting with the central nervous system. This protective role not only supports the formation of new brain cells but also helps in maintaining the health and functionality of existing cells.

Soothing Comfort

One of the most celebrated benefits of Frankincense essential oil is its ability to soothe and calm. For babies, this can translate into a more peaceful sleep or a calming effect during periods of restlessness. A diffuser with a single drop of properly diluted Frankincense oil can fill the nursery with a gentle aroma conducive to relaxation.

Immune Support

Frankincense is renowned for its immune-boosting properties. A gentle massage with a carrier oil infused with a drop of Frankincense can provide your baby with an extra layer of protection, especially during cold seasons. Remember, the key is extreme dilution and ensuring the oil does not come into direct contact with the baby's skin without a carrier oil.

Respiratory Relief

For babies with minor congestion or respiratory discomfort, Frankincense can offer gentle relief. During the Elizabethan era, two case studies describe a 2 and 3 year old children with respiratory distress and pneumonia who had never been examined by a physician, only treated using a home remedy of frankincense and myrrh, experienced recovery and discharged home within 7 days. Its anti-inflammatory properties does help clear nasal passages and promote easier breathing. 

Safety First: Guidelines for Using Frankincense Essential Oil with Babies

  • Dilution is Key: Essential oils for infants must be diluted with a carrier oil (like coconut, almond, or jojoba oil) before use. For babies, the recommended dilution is significantly lower than for adults.
  • Avoid Direct Application: Do not apply even diluted essential oils directly to your baby's skin without professional guidance. Instead, use it in a diffuser or apply it to clothing or bedding, ensuring it's out of reach.
  • Quality Matters: Only use high-quality, therapeutic-grade Frankincense essential oil from reputable sources.


Embracing the gifts of nature like frankincense, we open up new avenues for nurturing our babies' health and development. Always prioritize safety, adhere to dilution guidelines, and consult with healthcare professionals to ensure the well-being of your precious little ones. In doing so, Frankincense can indeed be a valuable addition to your natural wellness toolkit for your family.


Influence of Fragrances on Human Psychophysiological Activity: With Special Reference to Human Electroencephalographic Response, by Kandhasamy Sowndhararajan and Songmun Kim, taken from the National Library of Medicine.

Frankincense and Myrrh as Remedies in Children, by Michie and Cooper, taken from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, Vol. 84, Oct 1991.
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