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Frankincense (Boswelia carteri)AromaFrankincense is a woody, spicy fragrance, with a hint of lemon. It is often described as having a ‘haunting’ aroma, perhaps partly referring to its historical significance during religious and spiritual ceremonies.The plantThe frankincense tree is native to the Middle East, mainly China, Ethiopia, Iran and Lebanon.The extractionFrankincense essential oil is taken from the resin of the tree’s bark, so to access it incisions are made in the bark and the resin drips out in ‘tears’. This resin is then distilled to produce the essential oil.AffectsFrankincense is a calming oil, useful for people with anxious and obsessional dispositions.The oil is also renowned for rejuvenating mature skin properties, reputedly smoothing out wrinkles and helping with the appearance of age spots and crows feet. The oil is slightly astringent which is also good for balancing oily skin.This astringent nature of frankincense is also good for clearing mucus in the lungs and therefore is particularly useful for enhancing lung function.HistoryFrankincense oil has a long history of use, dating back to the time of the Egyptians and Hebrews. The oil was burnt at altars as an offering to the gods, and to fumigate the sick to banish evil spirits.Interesting factDuring time of the Ancient Egyptians the oil was as valuable as gold.BlendingFrankincense oil blends well with lavender, sweet orange, geranium, patchouli, bergamot, lemon and myrrh.
Direction for use: Dilute 6-10 drops to add to a bath. Mix 5 drops with water to use in an oil burner. Mix 6-10 drops with hot water as an inhalation. Mix 5 drops per 10ml of carrier oil for massage. Precautions: Do not take internally. Keep away from children and eyes. If pregnant or have a medical condition consult your practitioner before use. If oil gets into eyes splash out with water, seek medical advice if necessary. If unfamiliar with essential oils seek advice from a practitioner.
Ingredients: Bowelia carterri
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