Essential oil of the month – Frankincense

Frankincense olibanum resin  isolated over white,background with reflection.

Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) is a small tree or shrub with abundant leaves and white or pale pink flowers. It yields a natural oleo gun resin, which is collected by making incisions into the bark. The milky white liquid that exudes then solidifies into pea-sized, tear-shaped amber/orange-brown lumps.

The oil, which has a middle to base keynote, is extracted from the plant’s gum resin by steam distillation.

Frankincense has a pronounced effect on the respiratory system, and also has an affinity for the Urino-genital tract.

Key Constituents:
Alpha phellandrene, alpha-pinene, beta-phellandrene, beta-pinene, dipentene, incensyl acetate, limonene, myrcene, octanol, octyl acetate, p-cymene, terpinene, thujene, viridiforal.

Body systems affected:
Nervous, immune, respiratory, urinary, skin.

Main therapeutic properties:
Anti-inflammatory, astringent, cicatrisant, expectorant, sedative, tonic, vulnerary.

Secondary therapeutic properties:
Antiseptic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, tonic, emmenagogue, uterine.

Main therapeutic use:
Anxiety, asthma, bronchitis, catarrh, coughs, dry skin conditions, laryngitis, lung congestion, mature complexions, nervous tension, scars, shallow breathing, stress related conditions.

Secondary therapeutic use:
Colds, cystitis, dysmenorrhea, dyspepsia, flu, leucor-rhoea, metrorrhagia, uterine disorders.

Blends with:
Basil, black pepper, camphor, Cedarwood, geranium, ginger, jasmine, juniper, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, myrrh, neroli, patchouli, rose, thyme.

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

Other Information:
Frankincense was used medicinally and ceremonially by the ancient Egyptians and is mentioned in the Song of Solomon. The gum resin of this plant is perhaps most famous as one of the three gifts bought to baby Jesus by the Wise Men.

Frankincense is believed to symbolise divinity.

Aromatherapy blends using Frankincense essential oil

To Raise Low Self-Esteem
Vaporize 3 drops of Frankincense and 3 drops of Cardamom.

To Calm Anxiety
Take a bath with 2 drops of Frankincense and 4 drops of Rose Geranium.

To Improve Skin Tone
Mix 20ml Carrier oil, 4 drops of Frankincense, 2 drops of Rose Otto and 4 drops of Neroli and massage into the face nightly.

Wound Healing
Mix 20ml carrier oil, 4 drops of Frankincense, 2 drops of Myrrh and 4 drops of Manuka and apply to the wound.

Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.