( Boswellia Thurifera)
Frankincense (Sometimes called olibanum) is one of the first spices brought back from the East Frankincense preserves spiritual energy, is an enhancement for meditation, and can help to maintain a clear mind. It is still used ritually in the Catholic Church during religious ceremonies for devotional cleansing and purification of the soul. It was an important ingredient in the preservation of the bodies of the pharaohs. An important oil for anointing the dead and dying, for assisting in transition and keeping the soul connected to its divine essence. It is excellent for the sixth chakra, assisting in altering perception of truth and promoting clairvoyance.
Origin of Frankincense
The Frankincense tree originates from the Middle East, and is small with abundant pinnacle leaves. It is gathered from the trunk and stems of small trees, which grow in the Arabian Peninsula, India, and northern Africa. The flowers are white or pale pink.
Properties of Frankincense oil
Frankincense has a woody, spicy, haunting smell. The therapeutic properties of Frankincense oil include use as an antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, tonic and expectorant.
Most common uses
· Because it provides mental stability, it is used to ease depression, often combined with bergamot and geranium.
· It is still used in cosmetics today because of its regulating effect on mature skin.
· It helps in vaginal discharge and mensurational cramps.
· It also helps in Asthma, Bronchitis, cough, cold and laryngitis.
Mixes well with: myrrh, rose, sandalwood, dhavana, champa, citrus, violet, cinnamon, musk, labdanum, Neroli and veriver.
Warning: always dilute.