Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is an aromatic gum resin obtained from African and Middle Eastern trees. When the bark of the frankincense tree is damaged or deliberately cut, the tree exudes its resin, or “tears”. The essential oil is steam distilled from the gum resin.
Frankincense, one of the three gifts of the Magi to the infant Jesus, has been used since ancient times in religious rituals. Frankincense slows and deepens the breath, produces feelings of calm and puts us in the right mental state for prayer or mediation.
Frankincense is a particularly good aid to the lungs, helping in cases of respiratory infection, nervous and allergic asthma, and chronic bronchitis.
Botanical Name: Boswellia carteri
Order Intensity: High
Aging skin, wrinkles
Colds and coughs
Respiratory congestion, infections
Skin—scars, infections, boils
Aroma: Balsamic, woody, dry with notes of turpentine, rich, incense-like.
Parts Used: Resin
Properties: Antiseptic, sedative, tonic, expectorant, cicatrizant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, relaxant, hemostatic vulnerary.
Emotional Concerns: Frankincense is opening, relaxing and fear-relieving. It soothes the spirit as it deepens the breathing.
Contraindications: Avoid during Pregnancy.
Massaging the chest area helps to open constricted lungs. Regular chest massage may prevent asthma attacks from occurring frequently. Asthmatics should test-smell essential oils to avoid individual allergic reactions.
Add to 10 ml carrier oil, and massage on chest. Caution: do not use on people with low blood pressure.