Frankincense is tapped from the Boswellia Sacra trees by slashing the bark. This process called striping allows the milky white sap to be extracted from the tree bark, harden into a gum resin for several days and then is scraped off in tear-shaped droplets. Tapping is done two to three times a year with the final taps producing the best tears due to their higher aromatic terpene, sesquiterpene and diterpene content. As a rule the more opaque resins are the best quality.
In ancient times wine was fortified with Frankincense resin to aid in digestion. It has a scent that is spicy, wood and sweet. This oil is an excellent choice in soap making and cosmetics.
Frankincense essential oil is favored for:
- Antiseptic – This oil may be useful in treating a variety of minor wounds such as cuts and abrasions. It is used to destroy infection-causing bacteria, and as a cleanser for wounds and ulcers.
- Oral Care – The antiseptic qualities of Frankincense oil make it useful in preventing bad breath and, it is great in toothpaste! Try adding a few drops to a glass of water, swish around in mouth, gargle and rinse.
- Skin and Scars – Frankincense may aid in regenerating the skin, and minimizing the appearance of scars and wrinkles.
- Respiratory – Frankincense is regarded for its valuable ability to loosen and remove mucus from the lungs. Use in inhalation or massage into the chest to ease coughs, bronchitis, laryngitis and shortness of breath.
- Supports the Pituitary Gland.
- Anti-inflammatory – This oil is valued for its strong anti-inflammatory properties, use to reduce inflammation.
- Stress and Anxiety – Frankincense is considered to be an effective sedative, it tends to induce a feeling of peace, reduces anxiety, anger and stress. During times of stress, use Frankincense in a diffuser or inhale directly from the bottle.