Frankincense

Plant/part: Tree/bark (source: middle east, china)

Latin name: Boswellia cateri/thurifera

Family: Burseraceae

Note: Middle to base

Extraction: Distillation

Aroma: A haunting fragrance, woody, spicy and with a hint of lemon.

Properties: It is relaxing and, added to a moisturising facial oil, is wonderful for mature skin. Used for centuries, and burnt on alters and in temples. “creates a ‘spiritual’ atmosphere”. Comforting oil, by slowing down breathing and controlling tension it helps to focus the mind. Excellent for toning and caring for mature/ageing skin. (claimed to have rejuvenating qualities -the egyptians used it in rejuvenation face-masks.)
Has a pronounced effect on the mucous membranes, particularly helpful in clearing the lungs. Excellent effect on respiration, eases shortness of breath an useful to asthma sufferers. Good remedy for catarrhal conditions and generally regulates secretions. Has a soothing action on head colds and a palliative for coughs, bronchitis and laryngitis. Seems to have a helpful action on the genito-urinary tract and mitigate the effects of cystitis, nephritis and genital infections generally. Its astringent properties may relieve uterine haemorrhages as well as heavy periods and generally acts as a tonic to the uterus. Said to be of value during labour with its calming action and could ease post natal depression. May also treat breast inflammation. Also soothes the stomach, easing digestion, dyspepsia and belching!

Chemical constituents: Cadinene (sesquiterpene), camphene, dipentene, pinene, phellandrene (terpenes), olibanol (alcohol).

Precautions: Unknown.

Blends: Basil, black pepper, geranium, grapefruit, lavender, orange, patchouli, sandalwood.