Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri)

  • Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) is in the Burseraceae family. The essential oil comes from a deciduous tree which reaches a height of 6 to 26 feet. It grows pinnate leaves, small white to pale pink flowers and produces a balsamic oleo gum resin called Frankincense. The tree is slashed, which is called striping, allowing the resin to bleed out and harden. These hardened resins or tears are then collected, sorted through for quality and steam distilled to produce the essential oil Frankincense. It grows wild throughout northeast Africa, but the gum is mainly produced in Somalia, Ethiopia, China and Saudi Arabia. 

    Frankincense’s pale yellow essential oil exudes a rich, warm and sweet balsamic aroma. Suggested uses are for treating blemishes, dry and aging skin, scars, wounds and wrinkles. It has been reported to help with asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs and laryngitis. It relieves anxiety, nervous tension and stress-related conditions. Inhaling Frankincense makes me take a deep breath and after a few more inhalations, my breathing slows down and becomes deeper. 

    Frankincense frequently is chosen by animals who suffer from anxiety and fear. I have witnessed panicked horses who are rapidly breathing calm down quickly after inhaling it. Many of my human and animal clients get much relief from Frankincense for their anxiety and nervous tension, myself included. 

    Frankincense is high on my list of essential oils to work with, and this is why it is one of the main essential oils in these FrogWorks blends: Garth’s Canine Sneezing Remedy, Golden Cloak, Merlin’s Magic Calming Potion and Peace Blend. 

    Other reported properties of Frankincense are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent, bactericidal, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic and vulnerary. These noted qualities make this essential oil a good choice for the immune, respiratory and nervous systems. 

    The four main chemical constituents of Frankincense are pinene, phellandrene, limonene and myrcene. Note that the chemistry of plants can change every year due to growing practices, weather influences and climate change.

Comes in a 5ml-dropper bottle.

Safety: Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitizing.

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