Frankincense

Botanical name:

Boswellia carterii,

Boswellia sacra,

Boswellia serrata,

Boswellia frereana,

Boswellia neglecta,

Boswellia papyrifera,

Boswellia rivae

 

Origin:

India, Somalia, Oman

 

Method of extraction:

Steam or hydro distillation

 

Color:

Light yellow

 

Viscosity:

Thin

 

Extracted from:

Tree gum or resin

 

Note clarification:

Base

 

Aroma:

Earthy, resinous, woody

 

Blends well with:

Angelic root, bergamot, cinnamon. cypress, eucalyptus, geranium, grapefruit, myrrh, rose otto, lavender, lemon,  neroli, orange, pine needle, sandalwood, vetiver

 

Therapeutic uses:

It’s great as an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory topical treatment. It’s one of the best essential oils for mature, scarred, dry skin. Can help lighten stretch marks. In an inhaler, it can help to relieve anxiety. It works well to treat bruises, swelling, and muscular pain.

 

Safety:

It’s generally safe to use but can cause skin irritation if it oxidizes

 

Approximate shelf life:

(Undiluted)

4 years (refrigerated)

  

Notes:

Also known as Olibanum

The resin is sometimes burned as incense

 

Sustainability:

The Boswellia sacra species is becoming a threatened species according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Frankincense. Please purchase your oil from a reputable source.

 

 

Disclaimer:

Do not use any essential oils or essential oil blends if you have any underlying health conditions. Some oils are not safe for children, pregnant women or pets. Always check with your doctor or certified aromatherapist, if you are unsure about the benefits or contra-indicators of a recipe or its ingredients. ‘A Scented Story’ is solely my platform to share my experiences with essential oils and other natural products. I do not prescribe any treatments

 

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