• Cathy Morris

Frankincense

Updated: Oct 24


Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense Oil)


A rather good looking small tree or shrub, the Frankincense tree produces a natural oleo gum resin. This resin is collected by making incisions in the bark of the tree and collecting the liquid which runs out and then solidifies (into amber/orange/brown lumps).


Frankincense is native to the Red Sea region and grows wild in North East Africa. The essential oil has an aromatic, earthy smell and has many exceptional properties including:

  • Excellent for all skin types - soothes, balances and heals the skin

  • Perfect for mature skin, revitalising and smoothing wrinkles

  • Balancing and healing

  • Powerful aroma for meditation, anti-depressant, calming and uplifting

  • Stress, anxiety, panic, palpitations

  • Immune stimulant, helpful for coughs, colds, asthma and other respiratory problems

  • Heavy periods

Fun fact - used in incense. In ancient Egypt they added Frankincense to face masks for skin rejuvenation. Used medicinally in the east for a wide range of conditions including respiratory and urinary tract infections.



Blends Well With

Clary Sage

Cypress

Geranium

Lavender

Lemon

Lime

Rose

Sandalwood

Sweet Orange

Ylang Ylang


Recipe Suggestion


Luxury Body Oil Blend:


30ml Base Oil (eg Jojoba / Sweet Almond)

4 drops Lavender

3 drops Frankincense

2 drops Geranium

1 drop Rose

1 glass bottle with a lid (use an amber jar or other dark glass to keep the essential oils from oxidising too quickly)


Mix the ingredients together and use on the face or body after your shower or bath - massage into the skin and enjoy the relaxing aroma. Beautiful for the skin. Lavender is calming and soothing. Frankincense is rejuvenating and restorative - good for dry, mature skin. Geranium is balancing and nurturing. Rose is beautiful for all skin types and helps to soften, hydrate, soothe and rejuvenate the skin.


Use immediately or store in the fridge for up to a month, or until the closest "use-by-date" of any of the ingredients.


Essential Oil Safety:

  • Always read the EO safety guidance which should accompany your purchased bottle

  • Always dilute before use (seek advice for recommended quantities)

  • Avoid contact with the eyes/mucous membranes

  • Do not use if pregnant without seeking advice

  • Do not use on children younger than 5 without seeking advice

  • Use lower dilutions for children/elderly

  • Ensure pets can leave the room if diffusing essential oils (they might not like the aroma as much as you do)

  • If you have any medical conditions seek advice

  • Never ingest

  • Stop use immediately if you experience a reaction - inform your therapist and seek medical advice

  • If you are asthmatic or have any other lung condition, test your body response by smelling the caps of each oil before using to ensure the oils do not cause any sensitivity.

And now (drumroll), a reward for getting this far down the blog post - a photo of my favourite animal :-) (Taken by my Dad, Mike Foreman in Zimbabwe, 2021)


References:


"Essential Oil Safety" by Robert Tisserand - E-book published by Elsevier Health Sciences


"The Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils" by Julia Lawless - Updated Edition (2014) published by Harper Thorsons


Base Formula - Frankincense Oil


Get in touch if you'd like to smell any of the oils in my collection, get help with creating your own blend, or have an Aromatherapy massage, hot stone treatment or holistic facial.


Medical Disclaimer - The above information is intended for educational purposes only, and not to be taken as an endorsement or replacement for any particular medical health treatment. Please check with your health provider before embarking on any type of herbal treatment.


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