We are proud to introduce you a new essential oil that we distilled to our facilities. We imported the resin from Somalia, and we distilled it to our facilities.
Common names: Frankincense,Olibanum
Botanical name: Boswellia carterii
Botanical family: Burseraceae
Method of extraction:distilled at our organically certified distillery
Plant part used to extract the oil: resin
Cultivation method: Conventional
Area of origin: Somalia
Frankincense trees are native to the Arabian Peninsula (Oman and Yemen), and North-eastern Africa (Somalia). The resin is extracted by making small incisions either in tree trunk or branches. The resinous tree sap flows out and hardens on contact with air forming so called ‘tears’, which are then collected by hand.
In many areas of the world frankincense resin was considered sacred and used as part of the religious ceremonies by the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Israelites. In the 5th century BC, a Greek historian, Herodotus, wrote about frankincense being used by Egyptians in preparation of animal sacrifices and mummification. Frankincense is mentioned in various texts, including the Bible. Christian and Orthodox churches are well known for burning frankincense during their services. It is still used in many parts of the Arab world where many believe it is most protective, helping to dispel evil spirits.
Biochemical group: monoterpenes
Main chemical constituents:Alpha-pinene, alpha-thujene, limonene, p-cymene, sabinene, beta-myrcene, beta-caryophyllene, caryophyllene epoxide, others.
Traditionally in aromatherapy treatments Frankincense is associated with the following therapeutic properties: analgesic, astringent, antibacterial, antidepressant, antiinflammatory, antiseptic, calming, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, expectorant, immunostimmulant, sedative, vulnerary
Qualified aromatherapists may use frankincense essential oil for common complaints such as:
skin conditions: wound healing, scars and wrinkles, dry and mature skin
respiratory issues: bronchial asthma, catarrh and bronchitis
immune system weakened by depression and/or stress
nervous tension and nervous exhaustion, depression, stress related anxiety and restlessness
various types of joint pain and muscularaches and pains
How we use it:
Inhalation / Vapourisation:
- We really enjoy this gorgeous frankincense as a‘mental clarity and focus’ aroma,on its own, or with our beautiful Lemon oil. Try to vaporise a couple of drops in your office space. It also blends well with our Black pine oil and Silver fir.
- Vaporise a couple of drops for bronchial asthmaand catarrhal conditions. Try adding some Silver fir or Black pine.
- Vaporise for meditation, anxiety and stress too!
-Wound healing–trytogether with our Blue chamomile, Helichrysum and Lavender; add to a suitable medium.
- For a soothing face cream - add together with our Helichrysum and/or Sea fennel (Criste Marine) and Lavender essential oil to an unscented face cream
-For achy, inflamed joints and muscular aches and pains – try blending with our Helichrysum or Lavender Hybrid (Lavandin), dilute in a fixed oil (carrier oil) and gently massage the affected areas
Safety considerations: Tisserand and Young do not indicate any special precautions when using Frankincense essential oil. However, if oxidized the oil may cause skin irritation.Reading Tisserand and Young's full profile is recommended [Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young, 'Essential Oil Safety' (Second Edition. United Kingdom: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2014), 325-328.]