Description: rich, layered, warm, spicy, woody, deep, calming scent with a hint of sweet balsam
Latin name: Boswellia serrata
Farming method: Certified Organic
Extraction method: Steam distillation
Plant Part: Resin, or “tears”, that form beneath the peeled bark of the tree
Country of Origin: India
Used historically to help:
CALM the mind and body in stress related issues and nervous tension, PMS
SLOW the breath rate, encouraging a deeper relaxation
TONE the skin-great for mature skin
REDUCE signs of scars, acne, wrinkles, symptoms of cystitis
HEAL wounds, hemorrhoids, scars
STIMULATE cell regeneration, most notably cells of the skin
DECREASE pain with headaches, painful menstruation; congestion, coughs, laryngitis, symptoms of asthma and bronchitis
BOOST the immune system
SOOTHE digestive issues, stomach tension, feelings of anxiety
ELIMINATE waste from the body
PURIFY the air
LIFT the spirits
ATTAIN a meditative state
Some methods of use include:
Diffuse: 2-4 drops/100ml 3-4 oz water in your diffuser or in a pot of boiled water once removed from heat, to clear the mind or the air, boost the immune system, lift the mood, to relax, or enhance meditation, or yoga practice, or to assist generally with breathing. Add 2-4 drops grapefruit for a fragrance with beautiful balance
Steam inhalation: to clear breathing passages, with cold, cough, congestion, bronchitis, add 1 drop each Frankincense Lavender and Eucalyptus radiata Essential Oils, to a pot of hot water once removed from heat. Keep eyes closed and inhale the steam. For a more intense inhalation, make a tent with a towel over the head and bowl together, to contain the steam.
Vaporize: Place 2 drops onto a cotton ball and keep in a small glass jar with a fitted lid. Inhale periodically if asthmatic, feeling down, or anxious.
Topical application: local, dilute to 3% in carrier oil by adding 6 drops to 1 Tablespoon (15 mls) hempseed, or jojoba oil and apply some of the blend to the lower abdomen to promote overall uterine health, to help ease symptoms of cystitis, or for heavy menstrual flow; or to the entire abdomen for digestive upset.
Apply 2 drops each of lavender, bergamot and frankincense in 1 Tablespoon carrier oil to chest area or forehead and around nose to help break up congestion, or to forehead, temples, or back of the neck for headache.
Dilute further to 2% max. for full body massage. (up to 2 drops Frankincense in 1 teaspoon carrier oil) Use at 0.5% - 2% for skincare, (1% on face). Add up to 1 – 2 drops of Frankincense to 1 teaspoon/5 mls unscented cream or lotion, or to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil, as a facial serum for mature skin.