Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense has several different species and grows in Somalia and the Middle East.
- Botanical Family: Burseraceae
- Other Common Names: Olibanum
- Part of Plant Used: Resin
- Method of Extraction: Steam Distillation
- Variations: There are several types of Frankincense with Boswellia carterii being the most commonly used, in addition to Frankincense Sacra, Serrata, Frereana, Neglecta, and Rivae.
- Chemistry: Frankincense is high in monoterpenes (α-pinene, d-limonene)
- Immune System: helps support the immune system
- Musculoskeletal: pain relief for muscular aches and pains
- Skin: Used for mature skin, also promotes wound healing and treats inflamed skin conditions. It should be avoided if you have sensitive skin.
- Reproductive: supports uterine and cervical health and helps to increase progesterone production
- Pregnancy: Helps with breast/chest tenderness, stretch marks, immune support, general discomfort, hemorrhoids, skin support, pre-birth perineal prep, relaxation, and focus. It helps to induce contractions during labor and delivery.
- Babies & Children: is soothing to the mind, skin healing, provides emotional support, and supports a healthy immune system
- Nervous System: provides relief for anxiety, stress, and tension It also increases focus and concentration
- Energetics: Harmonizing and invokes deep cleansing breath. It inspires the wisdom associated with spiritual awakening and enlightenment.
- Spiritual: supports the Crown Chakra associated with the higher states of consciousness
- Scent Profile: Mid to base note that has an earthy, uplifting aroma
- Longevity: The aroma of Frankincense can last up to 188 hours.
- Fragrance Classification: Balsamic, Resinous
- Blends well with: Bergamot, Cistus, Elemi, Galbanum, Labdanum, Lavender, Lemon, Liquidambar, Mandarin, Myrrh, Neroli, Oakmoss, Opopanax, Palo Santo, Patchouli, Rose, Sweet Orange, and Tangerine
- No known issues
Products Using Frankincense Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- Clark, Demetria. Aromatherapy and Herbs for Pregnancy, Birth and Breastfeeding. Book Publishing Company, 2015.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (Tgsc), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists. “PREGNANCY GUIDELINES Guidelines for Aromatherapists Working with Pregnant Clients.” International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists , IFPA, 2013, www.ifparoma.org.
- National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. “Other Safety Considerations: Pregnancy.” National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy, naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/safety#other.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tiran, Denise. Aromatherapy in Midwifery Practice. Singing Dragon an Imprint of Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2016.
- Tiran, Denise. “Is It Safe to Use Essential Oils While I'm Pregnant?” BabyCentre UK, BabyCentre Blog, July 2013, www.babycentre.co.uk/x536449/is-it-safe-to-use-essential-oils-while-im-pregnant.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.