A pale yellow to green oil that is steam distilled from the oleo gum/resin from a small bush/tree of the boswellia family.
Boswellia neglecta resin oil
According to the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing), the functions of Frankincense Essential Oil are:
Emollient, Masking, Skin Conditioning
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Rejuvenating for all types and ages of skin, but an especially good choice for dry and mature skin to help keep wrinkles at bay.
Use in gel wraps for general skin toning and scar reduction.
Add a few drops to a bath oil or massage blend to relax the mind and tone the skin.
In acne prone skin products, it is antiseptic, reduces inflammation, combats infection and reduces scarring.
Include in balms and lotions for stiff joints and arthritis like pains.
A small amount gives a good base note that will mask any strong smelling raw materials.
Include some fresh citrus top notes to get a good, fresh balance.
Use in a diffuser or oil burner as a good choice for meditations and intense work including rituals.
Use as a base note in small amounts to cover the smell of other useful oils such as Elemi and Spikenard for eye area products.
Combine with Frangipani to get a wonderful emotional lift that clears negativity.
Blend with Cinnamon, Clove and Blood Orange or Mandarin for an evocative scent of Christmas.
Use with Elemi and Spikenard for anti wrinkle eye creams and serums.
Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists to clear morbid conditions and grubby catarrh.
A good choice for meditations and intense work including rituals.
It clears the respiratory tract and drops the diaphragm, making deep breathing easier.
The resin has been long used in churches and rituals as it causes the diaphragm to drop and so slows down and deepens the breathing.
Most famously known as one of the three gifts brought to the birth of Christ.
The use of Frankincense resin is thought to be the first use of incense.
Often considered to be protective and clears negativity.