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