Frankincense Essential Oil
Latin name: Boswellia carteri
Synonyms: Olibanum gum, incense
Plant family: Burseraceae
Extraction: Distilled from selected gum resin
Origin: India, China, Middle East
Plant characteristics: This is a small elegant tree indigenous to the Middle East and highly prized in Israel for its resin, which is burned in religious ceremonies. The resin is collected from small cuts made in the bark of the tree and then steam distilled to produce frankincense essential oil.
Frankincense Essential Oil characteristics: A pale yellow oil with a fresh ‘church’ aroma that has ‘damp’ yet pleasant qualities.
Traditional use: In ancient Egypt the resin was used for rejuvenation in the form of face masks, cosmetics and perfumes. It was also used for respiratory infection, which is how it came to be used in religious services.
Frankincense Essential Oil blends well with: Lavender, Cedarwood, Myrrh, Lemon and Pine.
Cautions and comments: There are no known contra-indications. Tests show that frankincense essential oil is effective against Listeria.
Main chemical constituents: Monoterpenes (40%), some ketones, alcohols and esters.
How to Use
4-5 drops in bath, on tissue or in a vaporiser. 15 drops in 50ml carrier.
WARNING – do not apply undiluted or internally. Keep away from children and eyes. Store in a cool, dark place.