Scientific Name: Boswellia Carteri
Frankincense is a small, shrub-like tree that grows in dry conditions. This tree is often found in India, Oman, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
History: Frankincense history dates back thousands of years, with both spiritual and medicinal uses. It is considered the “holy anointing oil” in the Middle East. Ancient frankincense (also known as olibanum) was sought after by kings and valued as highly as gold. Today, frankincense is still used worldwide for both its ceremonial and medicinal benefits.
Frankincense Resin: When the tree’s bark is cut, a yellow milk-like sap flows out and forms droplets known as ‘tears’ or ‘pearls’ that harden into the orange-brown gum known as frankincense resin. The resin is scraped off the tree for uses that include incense and essential oil.
Extraction of Frankincense Essential Oil: Frankincense essential oil is made by steam distilling the resin of the frankincense tree.
Characteristic of Frankincense Essential Oil: Frankincense has a woody, spicy, haunting smell, a little bit camphoric but just more pleasant, and is pale yellow-green in color.
Blending: Frankincense blends well with Lime, Lemon, Orange and other Citrus oils as well as Bergamot, Lavender, Myrrh, Pine and Sandalwood oil.
Health Benefits of Frankincense:
- Promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. It is recommended for dry and mature skin.
- Beneficial in eliminating scars and stretch marks that is why it is commonly used in high-end skin-care products. To use just add frankincense oil to a base cream or lotion to help repair sun damage and renew healthy looking skin.
- Astringent property. It strengthens gums, hair roots and helps stop flow of blood from wounds and cuts.
- Antiseptic and disinfectant properties. It can be applied on wounds without any harm or side effect to protect them from being infected. Apply 1-2 drops directly to the affected area to help reduce itching and swelling.
- Contains certain compound that stimulates the brain. It is useful for overcoming stress, fatigue and sadness because its scent can calm and soothe the whole body and mind. Just massage several drops on the temples or back of the neck for stress relief.
- Help improve circulation and improve the strength of blood vessels. Just add a few drops of the frankincense to your favorite massage oil.
- Because frankincense essential oil is expensive, it is often adulterated or diluted. Make sure you buy only pure, high-quality essential oils from a trusted source.
- Do not use internally unless you are sure you have a therapeutic-grade essential oil and always seek the advice of an expert.
- Always dilute for both topical and internal use.
- Avoid using on infants and very small children.
“This post was originally published on July 4, 2012 @4:46”