Frankincense has been called an "herb fit for a king." It can be used both topically and as a supplement to help reduce pain caused by inflammation. Frankincense extracts have shown to have properties that reduce inflammation and also relieve pain. A study of these extracts showed that they work similar to NSAIDs, but without the harmful side effects. Frankincense essential oil can be added to a carrier oil for a pain-relieving hand massage.