Wildcrafted, 100% pure Frankincense essential oil. CO2 distillation is considered by some leading therapists to produce the most therapeutic Frankincense oils. We think the aromas are absolutely wonderful as well. The Indian serrata has a deep, wonderful, meditative aroma. Our Frankincense Essential Oil is available from sample size up to 1 kg or more.
ABOUT THE PLANT
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).
ABOUT THE OIL
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. This essential oil is sourced from the resin of Frankincense trees wild-grown and cultivated in India. We offer Frankincense essential oil derived from of two varieties of tree: Boswellia carteri from Somalia and Boswellia seratta from western India. The carteri variety is typically used for medicinal purposes while the seratta, possessing the same beneficial qualities, is not as strong and has a softer, more floral-driven aroma. Both 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 medicinal properties of the sacred resin to remain present in the distilled essential oil.
This Frankincense oil has a round orange-blossom, floral top note followed by a gentle camphoracous, herbaceous middle note and deep, warm, rich molasses, woody and balsamic undertones. It goes particularly well with many other 'wood' oils such as Cedar, Fir, Spruce and Sandalwoods, and adds a lovely note to florals such as Rose and Ylang Ylang.
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 Described in The Aromatherapy Literature
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.