Frankincense

Latin Name

Boswellia carterii

Family

Burseraceae

Chemotype

alpha-Pinene

Distilled Component

Gum oleoresin

Traditionally Known Properties

Boosts the immune system. Anti-catarrhal, expectorant. Skin healer, mild anti-fungal. Regenerating and rehabilitating. Regulates the nervous system; anti-depressant. Promotes a meditative state and spiritual emergence.

Precautions

Avoid during the first 3 months of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Do not use orally.

Anecdote

Undeniably one of the best-known essences in the world, Frankincense (Olibanum) is associated with spirituality and purification. Marco Polo has accurately described how Frankincense is harvested in Dhofar at the end of the 13th century:
"The trees are not very tall; like small fir trees. The bark is punctured in several places with knives, and the incense drips through these openings like a liquid or a gum, in large quantity. Sometimes the liquid pours out of the tree naturally, without cuts, due to the terrific heat in this area; then it hardens and becomes the incense."