Frankincense, often known as Olibanum, is an aromatic gum resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia.
Frankincense has been used since ancient times in religious rituals. Soldiers were treated with Frankincense.
A sixteenth century surgeon, Ambroise Pare, noted that it stopped the blood flowing out of wounds, and helped scar tissue to form quickly.
Modern research has recorded its effectiveness in treating skin cancer.
The essential oil: The oil is steam distilled from the gum. It is colourless or pale yellow. It has a balsamic fragrance, subtly lemony and some times with a note of camphor.The principal constituents are ketonic alcohol (olibanol), resinous matters (30 - 60%) and terpenes.
Stimulates the immune system
Respiratory: bronchitis, catarrh and asthmatic, asthma, sinusitis.
Skin: wounds, ulcers, varicose ulcers, dry skin.
Immune system: Immune deficiency.
Nervous: anxiety, tension, depression.
External Use:Energizing: Massage along the spine, joints and muscles. Diffusion for meditation and relaxation.
Massage or inhalation for respiratory illness.
Add a few drops to cream or lotion to perfume and regenerate the skin.
Synergies: Mixture antistress: Mix Lavender EO + Frankincense EO + Neroli EO+ Geranium EO equally. Massage the solar plexus and wrists.
Perfume and diffusion: Basil EO, Black Pepper EO, Citrus oil, Geranium EO, Lavender EO.
Specialties: Not recommended in the first 3 months of pregnancy
Caution: Keep out of reach of children. Some oils are prohibited to pregnant women and children. Keep away from flame.