21 November 2008

Frankincense Essential Oil known as Liquid pearls from the tree of life. For joyous upliftment & soothing detachment from stress and strain, wear and tear. A fragrant light to shine in the night of the soul.

The Frankincense tree (Olibanum), upon first glance, may seem rather unremarkable. It appears as a giant shrub, with many knurled branches topped with abundant slender leaves and occasionally, small white flowers. It looks like it belongs in the desert, growing in some of the world's harshest conditions. But it is not the tree itself, but rather its sap that has such profound lore surrounding it. When the tree's bark is pierced with a knife (known traditionally as a 'Mingaf'), a milky-white oleoresin is exuded - thought the tree is not harmed (Myrrh is also harvested this way). The resin forms droplets known as 'tears' or 'pearls', which harden into the orange-brown gum known itself as Frankincense. The English name of this natural incense is derived from the medieval French 'franc', meaning 'pure' or 'free', and from the Latin 'incensium', meaning 'to smoke'.

Botanical Name
Boswellia carterii

Origin
Middle-East to northen Africa (Ethopia)

Color
Light and pale yellow-green

Consistency/Viscosity
Thin slightly viscous liquid

Perfumery Note
Base

Aroma
Fresh, woody, balsamic-camphoric, slightly spicy and fruity

Strength of Initial Aroma
Mild - Medium

Extraction Method
It is extracted using steam distillation process from the oleo gum resin. The 'CO2' distillation means the resin was never boiled at high temperatures to extract the oil It simply was immersed in liquid carbon dioxide which then simply evaporates when the process is complete

Constituents and Chemical Composition
Limonene, Pinene, Borneol, Farnesol, Phellandrene, Myrcene, A-pinene, actanol, linalool, octyl acetate, bornyl acetate, incensole and incensyl acetate

Therapeutic Properties
Antiseptic, astringent, carminative, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, sedative, tonic, uterine, vulnerary and expectorant

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Its use is excellent while meditating
  • On the respiratory tract, it clears the lungs and helps with shortness of breath, asthma, bronchitis, laryngitis, coughs and colds
  • It can be useful to ease heavy periods, is a general tonic to the uterus and has a calming effect during labor
  • It is also most helpful for rheumatism and has a positive impact on the urinary tract
  • Frankincense oil helps in rejuvenating ageing skin, is a skin tonic and is effective with sores, carbuncles, wounds, scars and skin inflammation
  • Frankinsence contains boswellic acids, which may be helpful in arthritic condiitons where inflammation is indicated
  • Frankincense oil is linked to the psyche, which in Greek also means "breathing". It deepens and revitalizes the breath and adds to these effects its excellent immunostimulant properties
  • Astringent and anti-inflammatory, it is traditionally used to treat scar tissue and skin ulcers, and nourishes dry and prematurely aging skin
  • Its anti-depressant, euphoric qualities are used in psycho-aromatherapy to treat anxiety & nervous tension
Precaution
  • No special precautions when using this oil
  • Frankincense oil is non-toxic and non-irritant and could be used by most people
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician
Blend With
Basil, Bergamot, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary sage, Coriander, Geranium, Ginger, Lavender, Myrrh, Neroli, Orange, and Lemon. It goes particularly well with many other 'wood' oils such as Cedar, Fir, Spruce and Sandalwoods, and adds a lovely note to florals such as Rose and Ylang Ylang

Recipe

Frankincense oil has been revered for centuries as a meditation aid.
Add 4-6 drops of Frankincense essential oil to your burner to be used during meditation.
Apply externally to the affected area for joint conditions.

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