Frankincense/Olibanum oil is distilled from incense tears, the hard little droplets from the small African trees. When steam distilled, the oil produced is “strongly diffusive, freshterpeney, almost green-lemon-like or reminiscent of green unripe apple peel.” The low notes tend to be sweet, woody and slightly balsamic.
How to use frankincense essential oils:
Massage oil: 2.5-5% dilution 15-20 drops/ 30mL of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut, sunflower, etc.
Diffuser: 5-6 drops in water, though best diluted in tsp of vodka or isopropyl alcohol first as this is a gum and can plug diffusers.
Baths: add 2-12 drops into tsp of a carrier oil. Optionally mix with epsom or Dead Sea salt and add to bath water.
Lotion or Shampoo: add 15-20 drops /30 mLs of unscented base
Essential oils that blend well with frankincense:
Attributes of Frankincense Boswellia frereana:
Country of origin: Somalia
Chemotype: Alpha-pinene 2-67%, high levels of para-cymene (5-20%) and sabinene (2-16%)
Odour quality: high
Cautions: Frankincense oil has blood-thinning effects and can increase the risk of abnormal according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Do not take if using the following: anything with anti-coagulant effects, warfarin, heparin, ibuprofen, aspirin or ginkgo biloba. Anyone scheduled for a surgical or dental procedure should stop taking frankincense oil beforehand. Not recommended for pregnant women and nursing moms, as it may induce menstruation, which may be dangerous for an unborn fetus.