Updated: Nov 29, 2020
Frankincense General Information: It is known as the KING 👑 OF ESSENTIAL OILS‼️ It’s produced from the resin of the Boswellia sacra tree 🌲 & trees of similar species. It is native to Ethiopia, northern Somalia, SW Oman, & southern Yemen. It is also known as Olibanum or Ru Xiang in Chinese Medicine. It has a pale yellow or yellow-brown color with a rich sweet-woody base note with medium intensity and good persistence. 15-20 kg of resin tears yields 1 kg of essential oil.
👑What is a Resin⁉️ It’s a sap like substance with high viscosity (thick) that is harvested by scoring or bleeding the trees. The harvesting season is anywhere from 7-8 months, and the time and months vary from species to species.
👑 Ethical Sourcing Practices: Harvesting the resin is a lengthy process that requires a delicate and precise skill. Most harvesters travel long distances, harvesting resin from remote locations. Once the tears are harvested, the resin is carefully cleaned, separated, and organized. The Frankincense trees are quickly becoming over harvested and non-ethical practices are becoming a problem. Carefully scoring or “bleeding” the trees to collect the resinous tears ensures the safety of the tree and allows the Frankincense 🌲 to produce tears for hundreds of years‼️ Things to know 💭
Harvesting outside of the season is detrimental to the trees
Only tapping trees greater than 10cm (1st tapping between 15-40 yrs. old)
Tap trees for 2 consecutive yrs. and rest 1
Trees should only receive 3, 6, 9 cuts a year depending on their size
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👑 Adulteration: This oil is usually adulterated by the addition of synthetic components such as alpha-pinene or because of the high yield of resin, the Frankincense resinoid is dissolved in alcohol and passed off as a distilled oil (8).
👑 Chemical Constituents: Frankincense is a complex mixture of monoterpenes: alpha-pinene, limonene, alpha-thujene, and beta-pinene.
🔬Alpha-pinene it what provides pine trees with their distinct scent and is also found in rosemary, cypress, juniper berry, helichrysum, and wild orange. Research is showing that alpha-pinene may have skin and oral health supporting benefits along with supporting proper immune and respiratory functions (4)
🔬Limonene is the primary chemical constituent of several citrus oils and is known for is powerful cleansing properties. It is also found in black pepper, spearmint, and dill. Studies are starting to examine its abilities to support cellular function, immune system, and metabolism (5).
🔬Biomedical Properties: Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, immunostimulant, antidepressant, expectorant, diuretic, antioxidant, antitumoral, respiratory relaxant (1, 2, 6, 8, 10). 🧴Topically it’s known for its ability to beautify, rejuvenate skin, reduce blemishes and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Internally it promotes cellular health & immunity, while aids in the body’s naturally inflammatory response.
😄☹️Emotions: It is known as the oil of truth and helps reveal deceptions and false truths. It works with negative emotions such as abandonment and feeling unprotected. It promotes willpower, strength and loss of personal boundaries, mental and emotional burnout and depression(8, 9).
👑 Chinese Medicine: (1, 9, 10)
Movement: rising, circulating
Warmth: neutral to warm
Meridian: Lung, Heart, San Jiao, Bladder (possible Kidney)
5-element: metal, fire
Function: Tonify Qi, Nourish Blood, Dry Damp-Resolve Phlegm, Invigorate Qi and Blood, and Strengthen the Shen.