Young Living Frankincense Essential Oil: Which Should You Choose?

Young Living Frankincense essential oil is offered in three wonderful and precious varieties. You may be wondering which Young Living Frankincense you should choose. Each one has its own characteristics and benefits with different composition and constituents. My first choice is Sacred Frankincense. I love the aroma and variety of benefits and uses.

Young Living frankincense 3 varieties


Sacred Frankincense

Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) is exclusive to Young Living. Young Living has been the first and is still the only cultivator of Omani Frankincense outside of the privileged citizens of Oman or Saudi royalty. It is one of the rarest and most sought after aromatics. D. Gary Young researched and had numerous trips to Oman over a 15 year period and was the first and is still the only granted permission to export this precious oil. A distillery was built right in Oman so that this exportation could take place. Omani Frankincense is believed to be the Frankincense used in ancient times and biblical times. It is believed this is the variety that was taken to our precious Christ-child. Sacred Frankincense has been the subject to much study and research and has proven to be very supportive. (Do your own research, as I’m not able to spell things out for you). This is one precious oil I keep on hand to support our family!

Sacred Frankincense is beneficial in supporting the immune system. When the immune system is strong, it is tougher for illness to sneak in. Sacred frankincense is highly supportive of cellular health. This oil also contains boswellic acids which are thought to be helpful with supporting the bones and muscles. Frankincense is a favorite of mine for skin support as well. It is supportive to all skin types, but especially soothing to aging skin with fine lines and wrinkles.  Frankincense is supportive of the digestive system and respiratory system too. Frankincense has calming properties that can help with mood balancing. While Sacred Frankincense is both calming and relaxing  it can promote a higher level of meditation and spiritual awareness.

Frankincense (carterii)

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) is known as “olibanum” in historical books, such as the bible, also called “true incense.” This oil was greatly used for anointing and healing in biblical times. Known as a gift given to the Christ child although there is some variation to which variety was actually used. Frankincense was considered more precious than gold and only the wealthy possessed Frankincense. Frankincense is mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, a 16th century B.C. medical record.

Beneficial for supporting the immune system and brain health, a great helper for mood improvement. Used commonly for spiritual awareness and meditation.  This oil is relaxing and can help loosen muscles. It is beneficial for cellular health and supportive of the respiratory system.  This variety comes in the Premium Starter Kit too!

Frankincense (frereana)

Frankincense (Boswellia frereana) is native to the northern part of Somalia. It is nicknamed “King of Frankincense or Maydi” by locals. It has been part of Catholic and Eastern Orthodox religious ceremonies for many years.  This variety has unique constituents and contains no boswellic acids like the other varieties discussed. Frereana variety has a cheery and invigorating lemony scent to it.

Frankincense frereana is a great supporter of attitude adjustment and is particularly supporting of the bones, muscles, ligaments and joints.

Which Frankincense is your Favorite??











  1. This article doesn’t make it clear as to the differences. The sacred and the carterii seem to do the same exact thing but one is used to anoint and the other isn’t. ? Is that the difference? I guess I will find an article that is willing and able to spell it out for me.

    • You read it correctly. You may want to check for details on Frankincense and get an essential oil reference guide. We are unable to list diagnoses within the federal and YL guidelines.

  2. Which can be taken internally? I’m confused about that. I watched a video that showed an expert putting a drop under her tongue and other yl sites say not take internally

    • Highly recommend you purchase an EO reference guide. That will give you some clarity. I can only tell you to take the oils as per the YL label. Sorry! Research is key!!!