Frankincense Oil, Olibanum Oil or Oil of Lebanon is a ancient essential oil used to support the immune system. It is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. For centuries this oil has helped us harness the power of our own connection on a emotional, spiritual and mental level!
Useful for visualizing, improving one's spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair.
Frankincense is considered a holy oil in the Middle East and we know
that it was given to Christ at the time of his birth. The uses and
benefits of Frankincense date back way before the time of Christ to the
Egyptians and Sumerians.
Today, we know through Chemistry that Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes that stimulate the part of the brain that controls emotions.
For years Frankincense has made the news and has been the center of much research.
Frankincense contains 8% sesquiterpenes and is 78% monoterpenes. Monoterpenes are known to be calming and restorative.
Unfortunately with popularity comes adulteration as with some of the other well known essential oils such as lavender, Melaleuca alternifolia essential oil (Tea Tree) and Eucalyptus species. Because there are many species of Frankincense and resins used today it can be confusing to the oil user. (See species information).
My favorite spiritual oils that contain Frankincense are 3 Wise Men and Transformation blends.
I also want to point out that there is another species of Frankincense that is available, Boswellia sacra or Sacred Frankincense. Studies have shown that this is the only Frankincense of the Oman region of the Middle East.
As I do receive new information and testimonials for Frankincense Oil, they will be added to this page. So check back frequently or subscribe to the Oil Blog so you don’t miss a thing!
Please read below for more information on Frankincense Oil. It will tell you how to use it and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some suggestions, safety precautions for you and your pet!
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What is the Genus Species? Boswellia carterii
Why is this information important? There are several species of Frankincense that are grown in different parts of the Middle East. The carterii or sacra species have documented properties but it can be confusing.
The carterii species from Somalia and Boswellia sacra or Sacred Frankincense from Oman have powerful healing properties and they are the oils that I am most familiar with. But as I mentioned in the introduction so much of the Frankincense oil is being adulterated (changed) or synthetically made.
And most companies are selling it under the generic name Frankincense. So unless we know what the genus species is and where it comes from we really have know idea if it is the real thing or not!
What is the Origin of the Plant Name? The name Olibanum is derived from the Arabic word “al-luban” which means “that which results from milking”.
Why is this Information so Important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!
What Part of the Plant is Used? Gum/resin
What is the ORAC Value? 630 µTE/100g
What Does this Number Mean? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions! This was developed by the USDA researchers. For instance: Oranges = 750; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The number for clove is NOT a typo!
Most Interesting Historical Reference?
Did you know that Frankincense was traded over 5000 years ago in North Africa and on the Arabian Peninsula?
Did you know that Frankincense Oil was found in King Tutankhamen’s tomb in Ancient Egypt? King Tut died in 1323 BC!
What are the Plant Properties? Immune-stimulant, calming and centering.
What are the Documented Uses and Benefits of Frankincense? Supportive of a healthy immune system. Skin (wrinkles and lines due to aging).
What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? It is uplifting and centering. Has a sweet, balsamic and warm aroma with incense-like overtones.
What is the Spiritual Influence? Frankincense oil has been used to awaken our spiritual awareness and connect with spirit for 5000 years or more. It will help us release parts of our ego which hold us back from connecting with our soul, as well as feelings of unworthiness and insecurity.
Once we are able to connect with our spiritual side, we can embrace our true purpose in the world and become more spiritually driven rather than ego driven.
Use Frankincense during meditation to connect with spirit and stay centered in meditation.
Most of the oils that are from trees (Western Red Cedar, Spruce, Pine, Palo Santo, etc) will provide stabilization, grounding and security to our being, physically and emotionally.
What Chakra is Affected? Opens the heart, throat, third eye and crown chakras.
What is the Corresponding Chakra Color? Gold
How do I Use it?
Use diluted - 50:50 dilution (one part essential oil: one part of vegetable oil). Then,
Good oil for the First Aid Kit? No
Can this Oil be used for Pets? Yes. Have your animals smell it directly from the bottle or place a drop or two in your palm, then smell. Or place a drop in your palm and pet head to toe.
I use Frankincense to boost the immune system. Use in combination with Palo Santo because they share many of the same properties.
It is in many of the professionally made blends that I use at the farm for the horses frequently. The top four oils I use that contain Frankincense are Into the Future, Trauma Life, Acceptance and Valor.
Note about Animal Use: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus and pine oils in particular that are not of therapeutic grade. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.
I only recommend using Young Living Oils on animals at this time.
What are the Safety Precautions? Only therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for best results.
Because it is approved as a Food Additive (FA) and Flavoring Agent (FL) by the FDA, Frankincense Oil is readily available on the market in many different qualities.
Although it may be used as a dietary supplement, it is advised not to use it in this manner for children under 6 years of age. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid using on infants and very small children.
Dilution recommended for both topical and internal use. Dilute before using on sensitive areas such as the face, neck, genital area, etc.
If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician.
Essential Oil Trivia?
Did you know that in the original Catholic Bible Olibanum was referred to as Francium incenseum, meaning “real, pure or true incense”? This is where the English version of “Frankincense” came from!
Did you know that Frankincense is referred to in the Bible over 52 times?
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