Frankincense Essential Oil Plant/Part Tree/Bark Latin Name boswellia Carteri/Thurifera Note Middle-base Extraction Distillation
Aroma A haunting fragrance, woody, spicy with a hint of lemon.
Features The tree originates from the Middle East. Incisions are made in the tree bark to collect the resin in yellow drops or tears from which oil is distilled.
History It was burnt at altars in Egypt as an offering to the gods and used as an aid to meditation, a tradition still in practice in some religions. At one stage, it was used to fumigate the sick in an effort to banish evil spirits. Such was the value – almost as much as gold – that it was offered as a gift to the infant Jesus.
Mind Slows down breathing, producing calmness. Tends to bring about a soothing effect on the mind. Its comforting and somewhat refreshing action is helpful for anxious and obsessional states linked to the past. Also helps calm and comfort the mourning.
Body Use for clearing lungs, shortness of breath, asthma, catarrh, head colds, coughs, bronchitis, laryngitis, cystitis, genital infections, heavy periods, helpful during labour and can ease post natal depression, nose bleeds.
Effect on skin Gives new life to ageing skin and reputedly smooths out wrinkles. Found effective for wounds, sores, ulcers and inflammations.
Blends Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Juniperberry, Lavender, Myrrh, Orange, Patchouli, Rosewood, Sandalwood, Scots Pine.
Essential Oils to Avoid Diabetes – Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lemon Epilepsy – Eucalyptus, Fennel, Rosemary, Sage High Blood Pressure – Rosemary Pregnancy – Basil, Birch, Cedarwood, Clary Sage, Cypress, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Turmeric Avoid all essential oils during the first three months of pregnancy. Skin Sensitivity – Black pepper, Citronella, Clove, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Turmeric Photosensitising Oils – Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Orange, Mandarin and Tangerine They react to ultraviolet light making the skin more sensitive. Avoid stimulants after using essential oils, especially alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. An aftercare advice sheet should be available after your first treatment.