Latin name: Boswellia serrata (Oman) or carterii (Somalia)
Source country: Arabian Peninsula, Somali, N. Africa
Trees are harvested in dry arid regions.
Appearance: Light to darker yellow thin liquid.
Aroma: Balsamic/spice with hints of lemon, and a conifer like undertone.
Derivation: Frankincense is sourced from the boswellia tree as a resin. This resin is
then refined - steam distilled to produce frankincense oil.
Chemicals: The main constituent of frankincense is bosewellic acid and its derivatives.
Acetyl boswellic acid has anti-inflammatory properties and this is probably the main
reason for its anti-arthritic action. Boswellic acids are also thought to decrease the
symptoms of asthma.
Uses: In Ayurvedic medicine Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrata), commonly referred
to as "dhoop," has been used for hundreds of years for treating arthritis, healing wounds,
strengthening female hormone system,and purifying the atmosphere from undesirable
germs. The use of frankincense in Ayurveda is called "dhoopan".
Frankincense is used as a back note in perfumery.
The main use today is to help with various forms of arthritis, in which it seems to be
helpful when diluted appropriately. It may also be helpful in reducing the effects of
Note: As with all pure essential oils, dilute appropriately with a suitable carrier oil
before using on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally