Essential Oil Frankincense
Perfumery Note: Base
Botanical Name: Olibanum
Aromatic Description: Frankincense Essential Oil smells fresh, woody, balsamic, slightly spicy and fruity.
Frankincense Essential Oil Uses:
The following uses and benefits are attributed primarily to the essential oil steam distilled from Boswellia carterii:
Frankincense is also known as Olibanum.
Frankincense is a tree resin that has been used and valued since ancient times for its medicinal, cosmetic, aromatic and spiritual applications. In Christianity, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were the gifts given to the baby Jesus by the three wise men.
Frankincense Essential Oil is distilled from the resin. The essential oil tends to smell sweeter, cleaner and fresher than the resin, and more people prefer the aroma of Frankincense Essential Oil to that of the resin when it is being burned as incense.
Frankincense Essential Oil is used most often for spiritual, perfumery and incense /room fragrancing applications, but it is useful as an expectorant and sometimes is used in respiratory and cough formulations.
Frankincense and Spirituality
I adore the aroma of Frankincense Essential Oil and include it in room fragrancing, incense and spiritual blends all year round.
I also love using it during meditation. Robbi Zeck shares that "Frankincense deepens and slows the rhythm of the breath, providing safe passage to the inner realms of the unconscious during meditation." [Reference: Robbi Zeck, ND, The Blossoming Heart: Aromatherapy for Healing and Transformation (Victoria, Australia: Aroma Tours, 2008), 82.]
Sustainability Concerns for Frankincense Essential Oil
The Frankincense species of Boswellia sacra is near threatened according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Due to the growing demand for all species of Frankincense Essential Oils, it's very important to use the oil very mindfully and ensure that you are purchasing only from sources that are mindful of frankincense conservation. Although The IUCN REd List only lists Boswellia sacra as being near threatened, the other species may also be highly at risk because the IUCN Red List has not yet evaluated them.