Frankincense Aromatherapy Oil

Botanical Name: Boswellia carterii

Family: Burseraceae

Location: Frankincense grows wild in the deserts of Somalia, Ethiopia and Saudi Arabia.

Extraction: Steam distillation of the gum-resin.

Colour & Odour: The aromatherapy oil is colourless with a warm, balsamic, spicy aroma that is dry and fortifying with sweet undertones.

Description: A small tree, it has small leaves and pale pink flowers. The whole tree has abundant resin that exudes a milky juice which hardens to ‘tears’ on exposure with the air. The solid ‘tears’ are then collected.

Background: Frankincense was among the earliest incenses, with 3,000 years of continual religious usage. Valued as highly as gold, it was long used by Egyptians for religious and ceremonial purposes.

Properties: Antiseptic, sedative, tonic, cytophylatic, cicatrizant, expectorant, astringent and anti-inflammatory.

Precaution: This oil is best used in lower concentrations as it may cause irritation in sensitive people.

Emotional: Reduces tension. Frankincense calms the physical form and awakens the higher consciousness. It produces a heightened awareness of the spiritual realm and deepens religious experience. Frankincense is ideal for the use prior to meditation.

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