Latin Name: Boswellia Serrata
Part of plant used: Resin
Extraction method: Steam Distilled
Country of origin: India
Blends nicely with: Basil, Bergamot, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Geranium, Myrrh, Vanilla
Therapeutic uses: Good for the respiratory system, colds, bronchitis, antiseptic, helps to deepen & slow the breathe, making it good for meditation & spiritual practices, open the higher chakras & is a psychic cleanser, aids one to reconnect to spirit, soothing.
Frankincense originates from a small scraggly but hardy tree indigenous to the Middle East, which is small with abundant pinnacle leaves and white or pale pink flowers. The resin begins as a fragrant sticky milky-white liquid that flows from the trunk of the tree when cut. The dried tears are collected, and the resin is then distilled, producing the precious oil. The resin is known as olibanum, derived from the Arabic al-luban or ‘that which results from milking’, referring to the milky sap. It is used as incense, and has been traded for 5,000 years. Widely used in ancient Egypt, it was one of the ingredients used in the holy oil described in the Talmud. Frankincense was brought back to Europe by Frankish Crusaders (Frank-incense), and the oil is still highly prized today in the perfumery industry, and widely used in the manufacturing of skin-care products.