Frankincense

(Olibanum, Boswellia carterii, Boswellia serrata)

Psycho-emotional Qualities and Indications

  • Confusion and indecision
  • Dwelling on unpleasant events
  • Eases anger
  • Eases anxiety
  • Eases depression / low mood
  • Fear and paranoia
  • Grief and bereavement
  • Helps let go of unwanted thoughts and memories
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impatience
  • Inability to ‘move on’
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability and intolerance
  • Mood swings
  • Nervous tension
  • Panic attacks (calms and relaxes breathing)
  • Pre menstrual tension (PMT)
  • Resentment and disappointment
  • Sadness and despair
  • Sedative
  • Stress and stress related conditions
  • Supports meditation and finding inner tranquility

Safety Information

Non-toxic, non-irritant, non-sensitising although can be sensitising when oxidized.  Do not take orally / ingest.

Background ‘droplet’

Frankincense is native to the Red Sea region, Somalia, Ethiopia, and China.  This leafy, ‘tangled’ tree, with its papery peeling bark yields an essential oil from the dried resin that oozes through cracks and incisions within the bark.

Frankincense resin has been used in ceremonies for thousands of years, and was famously offered as a precious gift to Jesus by the three wise men.

Frankincense is in deed a very valuable gift of nature.  As such, Frankincense resin (from which the essential oils derived) is very sought-after and is potentially endangered by unethical over-harvesting practices. Please ensure that your supplier obtains their frankincense from a sustainable source.

Frankincense is strongly anti-microbial, skin healing, and immune supportive, this essential oil aids breathing by slowing and deepening the breath, calms anxiety, eases feelings of grief, impatience and hyperactivity, and encourages a sense of peace and tranquility, among many other special qualities.

You will find more information about this essential oil in my books, Essential Oils for Mindfulness and Meditation, and Essential Oils for the Whole Body