BOTANICAL NAME: boswellia serrata
PARTS USED: resin
DISTILLATION METHOD: steam
FRAGRANCE: balsamic, pepper-like, spicy, sweet
BLENDS WELL WITH: ambrette, basil, bergamot, camphor, cardamom, cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, coriander, galbanum, geranium, ginger, lavender, mandarin, myrrh, neroli, orange, pepper, pine, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver.
AROMATIC BENEFITS: anxiety, calming, clarifying, clearing, exhaustion, focusing, grounding, nervous tension, relaxing, restoring, spiritual, stress, warming.
MAGICAL USES: blessing, consecration, courage, exorcism, meditation, protection, purification, solar plexus chakra, spirituality.
PHYSICAL USES: abrasions, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, asthma, astringent, bronchitis, carminative, catarrh, cirrhosis of liver, colds, coughs, diarrhea, disinfectant, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, fibrositis, fixative, influenza, normal skin, oily skin, rheumatoid arthritis, scars, sedative, skin conditioner, soothing agent, tonic, uterine, varicose veins, vulnerary, wounds, wrinkles.
Frankincense Oil is extracted from gum or resin of the Olibanum tree; Boswellia Carteri or Boswellia Serrata, depending on the region. Main components of Frankincense are Alpha Pinene, Actanol, Bornyl Acetate, Linalool, Octyl Acetate, Incensole and Incensyl Acetate. Frankincense has been a popular ingredient of cosmetics and incense burners for ages. It has been found in the remains of ancient Egyptian and Anglo-Saxon civilizations. It is also associated with religious activities, used for anointing especially.
Antidepressant: an agent that prevents or counteracts depression.
Anti-inflammatory: an agent that prevents or counteracts inflammation.
Antiseptic: a substance that inhibits the growth and reproduction of microorganisms.
Astringent: a substance that draws tissue together, restricting the flow of blood.
Carminative: relieves discomfort of gas in the digestive tract.
Disinfectant: a substance that kills germs and/or viruses.
Diuretic: increases the amount or frequency of urination.
Emmenagogue: stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus, causing menstruation.
Expectorant: a substance used to cause or induce expulsion of phlegm from the lungs.
Sedative: Calming, soothing, inducing sleep, tranquilizing
Tonic: restorative and curative; intended to invigorate.
Safety Warning: As with many other essential oils, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using frankincense essential oil.