There are several trees of the genus Boswellia from which frankincense is collected: Boswellia Carterii, Boswellia Sacra, Boswellia Frereana, Boswellia Serrata, Boswellia Papyrifera, Boswellia Neglecta and Boswellia Rivae. Frankincense is the resin of these trees. All these varieties produce different resins and so different essential oils. All are distinguished by slightly different chemical compositions and therefore different aromas.
Boswellia Carterii, which is the best known of frankincense, originates from Somalia and the Arabian Peninsula. Thanks to the ideal soils and climatic conditions, Somalia produces the best Boswellia Carterii frankincense.
Used by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans for meditation and religious rituals, frankincense is also a symbol among Christians because it was one of the gifts brought to Christ by the three Wise Men.
Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii) and its essential oil are used for meditative purposes, but also for health reasons because they help to cure skin and respiratory problems.
Meditation and relaxation
For millennia, frankincense is used in meditation and by many religions in order to communicate with the celestial powers. Its subtle and captivating smell makes the frankincense (Boswellia Carterii) essential oil a must have for a successful meditation.
Thanks to its relaxing, antispasmodic and anxiolytic action, frankincense essential oil is excellent for relaxation and to fight against insomnia and depression. It is also used to relieve stress and promote work on oneself.
Using the frankincense essential oil in diffusion for meditation and relaxation avoids the smoke rejection of the burning sticks.
Great for skin care
The main chemical component found in this essential oil is alpha-pinene. This chemical compound helps repair the epidermis. It also ensures the impermeability and protection of the skin as it stimulates the production of keratin.
Boswellia Carterii essential oil is anti-infectious thanks to the monoterpenes which prevent the development of fungi and bacteria. The anti-inflammatory action of this essential oil is provided by sesquiterpenes which help to treat inflammations.
Thanks to its healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious effects, Frankincense essential oil is very effective in helping heal wounds and scars, acne, ulcer, boils and to regenerate and delay the aging of the skin.
This essential oil is excellent in homemade cosmetics to nourish and protect the skin.
Clears the respiratory tract
Boswellia Carterii essential oil can be used as an expectorant to clear the congested airways. It helps in the expulsion of the mucus obstructing the bronchi or the trachea.
Thanks to its expectorant, anti-inflammatory and anti-infectious properties, Boswellia Carterii essential oil helps to relieve bronchitis, sinusitis, wet cough and other respiratory tract congestions.
In diffusion, this essential oil is also excellent to purify and to pleasantly perfume the air of your house.
Chemical composition of the Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii) essential oil
Boswellia Carterii essential oil has more than 150 chemical compounds. The most numerous are monoterpenes. The main compounds of this essential oil are:
_ Alpha pinene
The best ways to use the frankincense essential oil is in massage and by inhalation. For massage, add 5 to 10 drops to a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or almond oil. Do not apply undiluted directly to the skin.
For inhalation use, it is possible to use this essential oil in diffusion and olfaction.
It is not recommended to absorb this essential oil orally.
Boswellia carterii essential oil mixes very well with myrrh, basil, citrus, marjoram, chamomile and rosemary essential oils.
Botanical Name: Boswellia Carterii
Common names: Frankincense, Olibanum
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Color: Light yellow
Appearance: Liquid, mobile
Country of origin: Somalia
Botanical family: Burseraceae
Plant part used: Resin
Odor: Resinous, woody, balsamic
Essential oils are concentrated and should be used with caution. Keep out of reach of children.
Avoid contact with the eyes.
As Boswellia Carterii essential oil contains limonene and linalool, it can cause skin irritation in some people. It is recommended to perform a test before prolonged use. Never use it undiluted.
As Frankincense essential oil is an expectorant and can be drying, it is recommended to people with asthma and epilepsy to consult a doctor before using.
Do not use if pregnant, nursing, elderly and for children under 3 years of age. If suffering from any medical condition, consult a healthcare practitioner before using.
For pregnant women and babies, limited use is possible by diffusion.
Do feel free to ask for further information and applications.
DISCLAIMER: Essential oils are not meant to cure diseases and illnesses. They may ease some health problems and bring comfort. We suggest you consult a physician and do your own research for each essential oil that interests you.
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