Frankincense has calming, soothing properties and here are a couple of research studies highlighting this.

Study 1 

Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
Volume 38(4), August 2008, Pages 493 – 502

Effects of Aroma Hand Massage on Pain, State Anxiety and Depression in Hospice Patients with Terminal Cancer

So Young Chang

Published online August 31, 2008.  https://doi.org/10.4040/jkan.2008.38.4.493

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of aroma hand massage on pain, state anxiety and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer.

Methods

This study was a nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design. The subjects were 58 hospice patients with terminal cancer who were hospitalized. Twenty eight hospice patients with terminal cancer were assigned to the experimental group (aroma hand massage), and 30 hospice patients with terminal cancer were assigned to the control group (general oil hand massage). As for the experimental treatment, the experimental group went through aroma hand massage on each hand for 5 min for 7 days with blended oil-a mixture of Bergamot, Lavender, and Frankincense in the ratio of 1:1:1, which was diluted 1.5% with sweet almond carrier oil 50 ml. The control group went through general oil hand massage by only sweet almond carrier oil-on each hand for 5 min for 7 days.

Results

The aroma hand massage experimental group showed more significant differences in the changes of pain score (t=-3.52, p=.001) and depression (t=-8.99, p=.000) than the control group.

Conclusion

Aroma hand massage had a positive effect on pain and depression in hospice patients with terminal cancer.

Study 2

Korean Science
The Korean Society of Environmental Toxicology
Volume 23 (2), 2008, Pages 119 – 127

Inhibition Effects of Frankincense Oil on Skin Aging (I) : Focused on Gross Examination

Choi, Woi-Sook (Department of Public Health, Keimyung University) ; Kwon, Mi-Hwa (Department of Public Health, Keimyung University) ; Kim, Young-Chul (Department of Public Health, Keimyung University)

Published : 2008.06.30

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of frankincense oil in a skin aging animal model.

Skin aging was induced by both the irradiation of UVB and the application of squalene monohydroperoxide (Sq-OOH) to the back of experimental animals for 4 weeks. And at the same time experimental materials were applied topically. Six to seven weeks female SHR-1 hairless mice were divided into five groups including normal (N: saline), control (C: UVB+Sq-OOH+saline), vehicle control (VC: UVB+Sq-OOH+jojoba oil), positive control (PC: UVB+Sq-OOH+0.01% retinoic acid) and experimental (E: UVB+Sq-OOH+3% Frankincense oil) groups, five animals each group. The skin erythema index for the PC and E groups were lower than that of the C group. Whereas, both the lipid and water capacities for the PC and E groups were higher than those of the C group. Wrinkles for the C group were formed as a pattern of deep furrows and thick crests. Whereas, wrinkles for the PC and E groups were formed as a pattern of shallow furrows and thin crests which were similar to that of the N group. As for the both absolute and relative weight of the spleen, the PC group were significantly higher than the other groups.

In conclusion, frankincense oil can be used practically for the prevention or improvement of skin aging in terms of health promotion and beauty for the people.