Essential Oils

Frankincense essential oil (Boswellia carteri)

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Using Frankincense in a DiffuserSources: India, Europe, Arabia, North Africa
Extraction: Steam distilled, CO2
Note: Base
Scent: balsamic, camphor, woody, citrus
Key Points:

  • Calming and grounding; good for meditation
  • Respiratory conditions such as coughs, colds, bronchitis
  • Traditional use to fumigate sick people
  • May not be suitable for nebulizers

Properties: analgesic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, expectorant, sedative
Uses:  soothing and calming, insomnia, fixative, bronchitis, coughs, warming, strengthens immune system
Cautions:  None found

Frankincense is one of the premier oils for spiritual practice. It has been used in churches and religious ceremonies, as well as for yoga practice and meditation. It is grounding. Its calming effects are related to its ability to slow and deepen breathing.  Diffuse it when you need help centering yourself on your spiritual practice.

Frankincense is also an expectorant, which makes it one possible choice for diffusing when you have a cough or cold. Expectorants help to loosen and expel mucus.  Other respiratory issues it is known for assisting bronchitis and flu.

Frankincense is a base note which means its scent will linger. With a strong odor, it can easily overpower a blend you use sparingly.  As a thicker oil, it may not be appropriate for nebulizing diffusers as it can cause clogs.



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