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Fresh etheric fragrance of Frankincense uplifts the mind and mood. Frankincense resin has a rich history in many cultures and has been used as an incense for thousands of years.
Frankincense resin has a rich history in many cultures and has been used as an incense for thousands of years.
Frankincense is one of those oils: the more you use it, the more you love it & want to put with everything. I’ve spent several months playing around with different regions, species & extraction methods of frankincense essential oil. I’m a fan of the EO from Oman & Somalia, though I’m not sure the additional cost for Oman supply is actually worth any questionable additional therapeutic effects. CO2 extracted Frankincense is just full of awe and comes off as quite complete. The steam distilled is rather smooth and I’ve had batches which I call white gold (clear, transparent in color) where drops are so potent and can evaporate without leaving a trace.
Frankincense oil is distilled (or extracted) with starting material of oleogum resin (olibanum) from the boswellia species; Stripes are cut into the Boswellia’s trunk and the resin is harvested for distillation; this collection has been an important commodity in many cultures for at least the last 5000 years. A historic example of this truth, frankincense was a gift (along with myrrh & gold) from the wise men to Jesus & Mary. The fragrance may vary based on extraction method & species type ~ overall, notes of pine, soft woodiness and delicate sweetness can be found on the nose. Some batches almost have an undertone of citrus smells, likely due to the limonene.
Hazards: Skin sensitization if oxidized. EO is flammable.
Cautions: Old or oxidized oils theoretically should be avoided.
~ Adopted from Tisserand & Young, Essential Oil Safety, 2nd ed. 2013 ~
Country of Origin: Somalia
Terpenes: (major) α-thujene, terpinen-4-ol, α-pinene, limonene, octyl acetate, octanol, myrcene, E-β-cymene, Duva-3,9,13-triene-1a-ol-5,8-oxide-1-acetate, Trans-Verbenol (minor) more than 300 other constituents have been isolated from various essential oils of boswellia sp (Hussain 2013)