Ingredients: Boswellia serrata. Wild-harvested; India
Revered for its powerfully uplifting and clarifying effects on the body and mind. It provides protection for you and your family encourages healthy moods.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Frankincense Serrata Essential Oil
Perfumery Note: Base to middle
Odor: Clean, resinous, woody, balsamic
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium
Blends Well With: Citrus oils such as grapefruit oil and bergamot oil, spice oils such as basil oil and black pepper oil, also neroli oil, sandalwood oil, galbanum oil and geranium oil.
Botanical Name: Boswellia serrata
Composition: 100% Pure Frankincense Serrata Essential Oil
Method of Extraction: Hydro Distillation
Plant Part: Gum Resin
Color: Clear to pale yellow
Yield: 3% – 5%
Bottle Size: ½ fl oz (15 mL)
How to Use
How To Use Frankincense Serrata Essential Oil
Perhaps the easiest way to use frankincense oil is through a simple direct palm inhalation.
Place a drop of this incredible oil in the palm of your hand, gently rub the palms together, bring them towards your face and inhale deeply. The aroma brings clarity, protection and a meditative mind.
Add a drop to your favorite skincare cream to help give clarity and luster to the skin.
Add several drops and apply as a cold compress to soothe any specific area of the body.
Add several drops of frankincense oil to any massage oil to soothe the skin, and relax the entire body and mind.
Frankincense Serrata Essential Oil Recipes
Deep Breathing Blend: 8 drops frankincense oil, 6 drops Eucalyptus globulus oil, 3 drops rosemary oil, 3 drops pine oil and 2 drops peppermint oil for diffusion, or in 30 mL of jojoba oil for topical application or direct inhalation.
Meditation Blend: 8 drops frankincense oil, 6 drops sandalwood oil, 3 drops opoponax oil and 3 drops cedar wood oil for diffusion, or in 30 mL of jojoba oil for topical application or direct inhalation.
Interesting Frankincense Serrata Essential Oil Information
A universally known incense with a spicy, balsamic, instantly recognizable odor, the aromatic resin of frankincense has been at the epicenter of ritual practice, medicine and commerce in India, the Arabian peninsula and North Africa since ancient times. This plant has been a true gift to the human community, serving variously not only as medicine but also as a source of dyes and of cosmetics, along with its use as an air-freshener, mosquito repellent and essential source of livelihood for individuals and communities. The resin has been a major item of commerce for at least 3,000 years.
Frankincense has always been synonymous with spirituality; like myrrh, it was a prized possession in the ancient world, equal in value to many precious gems and metals. Its ancient use in ritual and temple offerings across religions both historic and modern day attest to its powerful spiritual attributes.
Botanically, Frankincense is a protean organism, shape-shifting within the same genus to produce a wide variety of species and sub-varieties, and also generating a wide range of characteristics within the same climatic zone. There has thus been much confusion about the proper identification of the various types of frankincense. This same complexity carries over to the chemical composition of the oil, which has over 200 individual natural chemicals that endow it with a complex aromatic bouquet and therapeutic profile. There is considerable variation in the proportion of these components depending on the micro-climate where the trees grow, the season at which the resin is harvested, and a number of other factors.
Boswellia seedlings are slow growing and are susceptible to livestock grazing before they are able to reach a more mature state. Serrata in particular is becoming endangered and is need of conservation due to extensive farming, overgrazing and poor harvesting practices. Once established, Frankincense trees can live for at least a hundred years. Their flowers are popular with bees, and the long flowering period from October to February is helpful for bee colony maintenance. Since 2009, Boswellia carterii has been considered a threatened aromatic botanical species.
Frankincense is harvested by making small incisions in the bark of the aromatic tree, producing a milky white resin that hardens as it dries. The collected resin is separated into grades and stored in caves to cure before being sold.
The tradition of caretaking frankincense trees and harvesting their resin have played an important role in the life of nomadic desert tribes in North Africa for millennia. The trees are owned by families living in the area where they grow; ancient rituals surround the harvesting of the resin and the guardianship of the trees is passed on from generation to generation. The traditions, customs and ceremonies surrounding frankincense, like many other important plants, are being lost. As people embrace modern lifestyles, the old ways of caring for plants vanishes, and the plant’s numerous benefits are lost.
Frankincense, along with gold and myrrh, was included in the gifts presented by the wise men to the infant Christ. The frankincense mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible was likely the Boswellia serrata variety, which was introduced into church ceremonies at the beginning of Christianity in Europe during the Middle Ages. On average, during this time about 500 tons of frankincense were used by the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches per year. Burning frankincense in churches had hygienic functions as well as spiritual importance: people of the Middle Ages lived in extremely unsanitary conditions, so the fumigation of churches helped reduce contagion through atmospheric purification.