Frankincense smells woody and fresh with hints of spice and fruit, as stated in AromaWeb's scent profile. Frankincense has a mild to moderate scent, without any overpowering traces.
Frankincense is also called olibanum and is made from the resin of Asian and African trees. The different trees used create varying aromas for frankincense.
Frankincense was used by the Greeks, Romans, Israelites and other cultures for religious ceremonies. The resin is edible and is used by traditional medicine practitioners as well. Studies published also indicate that frankincense may be beneficial as a pain reliever and as a way to lower cholesterol, according to History.com.
Today, frankincense is widely available in incense, essential oils and even toothpaste. The oil is commonly used in aromatherapy as well.