Frankincense is a small shrub tree. It is abundant
in foliage and has white or pale pink blossoms.
The Latin name for Frankincense is Boswellia Thurifera.
The bark is gashed and peeled, and then a milky
white juice is produced. When this milky substance hits the air,
it becomes a solidified sap. It is amber to burnt orange in color.
By steam distillation, the resin of Boswellia Carteri or Boswellia
Thurifera brings forth a clear pale yellow or yellow green oil.
It has a warm, woody, sweet, spicy, rich resinous
aroma, with a tone of lemon. Some oils from fennel are extracted
with alcohol or some chemical solvent such as hexane. So only steam
distilled or alcohol extracted Frankincense should be used for aromatherapy.
Frankincense is a member of the Burseraceae family.
It is native to area of the Middle East, Red Sea, China, Iran, Lebanon
and Oman. It grows wild in Northeast Africa, mostly in Ethiopia
and Somalia. Most distillation is in Europe, some in India as well.
Frankincense has been around for centuries. The
oil was used for skin originally. And still is today. It restores,
regenerates, and rejuvenates the skin. It helps balance oily skin,
helps smooth wrinkles and lines, and soothes raw chapped skin. It
helps the healing of blemishes, inflammations, sores, scars, skin
ulcers and wounds. Frankincense was one of the first used in fragrances.
It is still used today as it gives perfumes a long lasting scent.
Frankincense helps with mental anxiety, nervous
tension or stress and physical exhaustion. This oil can help sever
ties from the past that hamper growth. This in turn brings on a
feeling of serenity. One can use this oil to stabilize, center and
Skin care- mature/aging skin
Uterine tonic-can be used for heavy periods, and massage following
WARNING: None known.
provided here is for information purposes only, you should consult
a medical doctor if you have any health queries or problems.
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