Botanical name:

Boswellia carterii,

Boswellia sacra,

Boswellia serrata,

Boswellia frereana,

Boswellia neglecta,

Boswellia papyrifera,

Boswellia rivae



India, Somalia, Oman


Method of extraction:

Steam or hydro distillation



Light yellow





Extracted from:

Tree gum or resin


Note clarification:




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.



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


Approximate shelf life:


4 years (refrigerated)



Also known as Olibanum

The resin is sometimes burned as incense



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.




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