Benefits of Frankincense Oil according to Chinese Medicine

The benefits of Frankincense Oil according to Chinese medicine are extensive. Today I want to hone in and focus on a few of the benefits according to Chinese and Western Medicine particularly as it relates to our lungs and our guts.

I’ve summed this blog up in this short video. If you prefer text, read on…



First, let’s look at the benefits of frankincense oil according to western research. While Frankincense oil is decently researched we are going to hone in on the benefits and a few small studies that relate to our lungs and our guts both of which correlate to the metal element in Chinese medicine.

There are many species of Frankincense, I’ve highlighted which was used in each study.

The Benefits of Frankincense Oil according to Western Research

  1. According to Healthline, Frankincense has been found, in a few small studies, to improve gut function in people with Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. This is likely due to Frankincenses oils anti0-inflammatory effects. This study was done with Boswellia serrata extract.
  2. Another study, again using Boswellia serrata, found a benefit of frankincense oil to help with chronic diarrhea.
  3. A third benefit of frankincense oil showed improvements in patients with bronchial asthma. 70% of patients showed improvement of symptoms and reduction in the number of attacks.

Now let’s look at some of the benefits of Frankincense Oil according to Chinese Medicine

  1. While Frankincense touches upon most of the elements it is Metal where it really shines. Metal, is associated with the lung and large intestine organ systems and is related to the death phase.
  2. Its pungent nature means that it will move energy in an outward direction. We can translate this as opening the lungs. When the Lungs are open, the Energy or Qi of the Lungs can descend. The Lung Qi needs to descend if we are to be in harmony. More about this in this blog on the health benefits of frankincense oil according to Chinese medicine.
  3. Coming back to its opening, pungent nature it will also help to keep the colon open and moving downward as well. Frankincense has a slightly warming nature to it which enables it to balance the upward and downward movement of the metal element. What is meant by this, is it will support the Metal elements proper directional flow in the body (Body) but not so much that it will cause further pathology ie. in the form of diarrhea. In other words, it will harmonize the lung and large intestine.
  4. Metal is related to letting go and death, Which is interesting because frankincense has been traditionally used in the embalming process in many cultures. It is also heavily used in ritual and ceremony, points that mark the end of something and the beginning of something.

There are so many more benefits to frankincense oil. We could be here all day talking about frankincense if we wanted to. Here is a breathing blend, which includes frankincense oil, I put together a few years ago.

If you are interested in going deeper into Chinese Medicine and essential oils I offer ongoing courses on both these topics. Visit my courses page if you’d like to learn more or stay in touch and we’ll let you know when the next one goes live.

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January 18, 2021


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