Botanical Name: Boswellia serrata
Plant Part: Resin
Processing Method: Steam Distilled
Description / Color / Consistency: A thin, colorless to pale yellow liquid.
Aromatic Summary / Note / Strength of Aroma: A base note with a medium aroma, Boswellia serrata has a warm and spicy, woody odor that is haunting, but milder than Frankincense from Somalia.
Blends With: Basil, Bergamot, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cinnamon Bark, Clary Sage, Coriander, Geranium, Ginger, Myrrh and Vanilla.
Product Abstract: Frankincense originates from a
small scraggly but hardy tree indigenous to the Middle East, which is
small with abundant pinnacle leaves and white or pale pink flowers. The
resin begins as a fragrant sticky milky-white liquid that flows from the
trunk of the tree when cut. The dried tears are collected, and the
resin is then distilled, producing the precious oil. The resin is known
as olibanum, derived from the Arabic al-luban or 'that
which results from milking', referring to the milky sap. It is used as
incense, and has been traded for 5,000 years. Widely used in ancient
Egypt, it was one of the ingredients used in the holy oil described in
the Talmud. Frankincense was brought back to Europe by Frankish
Crusaders (Frank-incense), and the oil is still highly prized today in
the perfumery industry, and widely used in the manufacturing of
Cautions: Dilute before use; for external use only.
May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is
recommended prior to use. Contact with eyes should be avoided.