Frankincense (Carteri) CO2

Botanical Name:
Boswellia carteri
Country of Origin:
Plant Part:
Distillation Method:
Wild Grown
Overall Profile
Primary Constituents
alpha pinene
beta myrcene
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Wholesale Pure Carteri Frankincense Essential Oil

From Wholesale Essential Oils, wildcrafted 100% pure CO2 distilled Frankincense essential oil. The Boswellia carteri variety from Somalia has a wonderful, uplifting, woody and citrusy aroma. Our carteri Frankincense Oil is available from sample size up to 1kg or more.


Also known as Olibanum, the Frankincense tree looks more like a tall, handsome shrub. Its many knurled branches rarely reach more than 22 feet in height and are topped with abundant slender leaves. It is the sap of this tree that holds profound medicinal properties. To extract it, the bark is pierced with a knife (known traditionally as a 'mingaf') and a milky-white oleoresin is removed in small amounts to ensure the tree is not harmed (Myrrh is also harvested this way).


Our essential oil is sourced from the resin of Frankincense trees wild-grown in Somalia. It's a native species to northern Africa, and is capable of growing in some of the worlds most arid, parched regions. Known as "liquid pearls from the tree of life", the resin forms droplets that harden into the walnut-sized orange-brown gum known as Frankincense. We offer Frankincense essential oil derived from three varieties of tree: This Boswellia Carteri from Somalia, as well as Boswellia Serrata from western India, and Boswellia Sacra from Oman. Our Frankincense Serrata oil is an excellent choice for a less expensive option that is still of excellent quality. Both Serrata and Carteri varieties are distilled using carbon dioxide. This means that the resin is never exposed to high temperatures in the extraction process. It is instead immersed in liquid carbon dioxide that evaporates when the process is complete. The CO2 distillation process draws larger molecules into the oil than is possible using steam distillation, allowing all of the valuable properties of the sacred resin to remain present in the distilled essential oil.

Aromatherapy Notes

This Frankincense oil has a lemon-like top note with a gentle green, herbaceous middle note and deep, warm, rich balsamic undertones. It blends particularly well with many other 'wood' oils such as Cedar, Douglas Fir, Black Spruce, and Sandalwood and adds a lovely note to florals such as Rose and Ylang Ylang.

Traditional Uses

Resins and their oils have always been associated with fumigation and purification. Hence, why Frankincense essential oil was first used as incense in India, China and the Catholic churches of Europe and North America. The spirit of the sacred and of meditation have surrounded Frankincense for ages, allowing the spirit—as the smoke does—to rise to the heavens. The name frankincense is derived from the Old French word franc, meaning “free, pure, or abundant”, and the Latin word incensum, meaning “to smoke”. In ancient Egypt, the renowned scent kyphi, derived from frankincense, was used in perfume, incense, and beverages. Ancient Egyptian women would char frankincense resin (called kohl) and use it to blacken their eyelids and outline their eyes.1

Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature

From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy1:

  • Antiseptic, Astringent, Carminative, Diuretic, Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Sedative
  • Alleviates anxiety and nervous tension
  • Has the ability to “deepen the breath”
  • Frankincense gives off an air of mystery and secretiveness
  • Recommended as an aid for meditation and to cut ties with the past

From The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide2:

  • Enduring emotional and spiritual support
  • Assists recovery from grief or loss
  • “helpful for overcoming negative mental and emotional states”

Application and Use


Frankincense essential oil is non-toxic, a non-irritant and non-sensitizing when used in properly-balanced proportions in the directed practices. If pregnant, or If ingesting the oil, consultation with a physician is recommended.


1 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.

2 Stiles, K. G. The Essential Oils Complete Reference Guide: Over 250 Recipes for Natural Wholesome Aromatherapy. Page Street Publishing, 2017.