(Boswellia carteri and Boswellia serrata)
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CO2 distillation explained
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From Ananda Aromatherapy, wildcrafted, 100% pure Frankincense essential oils. These oils are CO2 distilled, considered by many leading therapists to produce the most therapeutic Frankincense. We find the aromas are amazing as well. The Boswellia carteri from Somalia is the most widely researched for the medicinal actions of Frankincense, with an uplifting woody and citrusy aroma.
The Indian serrata has a deep, wonderful, meditative, 'smokey' aroma, which is really a treat. We also offer a combination of the pure Boswellia carteri and serrata varieties in one oil. This treats you to the deep, earthy aroma of the serrata, and the citrusy/woody notes the Carteri. Research supports the therapeutic use of every one of the Frankincense varieties. It's really a matter of personal preference to find the aroma you most enjoy!*
What makes Ananda's oils different? Learn about our conscientious selection process here...
Essential Oil is distilled from the resin called "Liquid pearls from the tree of life." This pure, fine therapeutic grade oil has a fresh top note with a deep, warm, rich balsamic undertone. The 'CO2' supercritical distillation means the resin was never boiled at high temperatures to extract
the oil - it simply was immersed in liquid carbon dioxide which then simply evaporates when the process is complete.
Most importantly, the CO2 process results in a more chemically-complex oil. Many of the larger molecular constituents present in the resin, regarded for their potential therapeutic properties, are found in the CO2-distilled oils, yet not in the steam distilled.
This extracts the most pure oil, closest to the original plant state as possible; Some highly-regarded aromatherapists consider the therapeutic effects of the CO2 distilled oils to be better than the steam distilled varieties. The CO2 process draws larger molecules into the oil from the resin that the steam distillation process does not. Frankincense has been noted as a potent immunostimulant and anti-cancer agent in a variety of scientific studies. The essential oil has been shown to stimulate lymphocyte transformation (a measure of its immune system stimulating action, as immune cells are created which fight off specific invaders in the body). It has also been shown to be tumoricidal, which means it destroys the tumors formed by cancerous cells.
The Frankincense tree, or Olibanum, upon first glance, may seem rather unremarkable. It appears as a
giant shrub, with many knurled branches topped with abundant slender leaves and occasionally, small white flowers.
A native to northern Africa, it looks like it belongs in the desert, growing in some of the world's
harshest conditions. But it is not the tree itself, but rather its sap that has such profound lore surrounding
it. When the tree's bark is pierced with a knife (known traditionally as a 'Mingaf'), a milky-white oleoresin
is exuded - thought the tree is not harmed (Myrrh is also harvested this way). The resin forms droplets known as 'tears' or 'pearls', which harden
into the orange-brown gum known itself as Frankincense. The English name of this natural incense is derived
from the medieval French 'franc', meaning 'pure' or 'free', and from the Latin 'incensium', meaning 'to smoke'.
Well-made Frankincense has a lovely aroma, blending well with many other essential oils. It goes particularly well with many other 'wood' oils such as Cedar, Fir, Spruce and Sandalwoods, and adds a lovely note to florals such as Rose and Ylang Ylang.
The spirit of the sacred and of meditation has surrounded Frankincense essential oil for ages;
its special mindset is "vertical", like smoke rise to the heavens. Resins and their oils have always
been associated with fumigation and purification. Frankincense oil has the power to uplift human awareness to
that "other" level by freeing the nerves from excessive tension, allowing us to focus on the underlying
transcendental unity of our inner Self.
Frankincense oil is linked to the psyche, which in Greek also means "breathing". It
deepens and revitalizes the breath and adds to these effects its excellent immunostimulant properties. In skin
care, frankincense oil reveals its balsamic nature through its miraculous wound healing properties. Astringent
and anti-inflammatory, it is traditionally used to treat scar tissue and skin ulcers, and nourishes dry and prematurely
aging skin. Its anti-depressant, euphoric qualities are used in psycho-aromatherapy to treat anxiety & nervous
To learn more about the use of all our essential oils, we encourage you to visit The Ananda Apothecary Forums, where you can post questions regarding specific applications of each oil. Questions in the forums are regularly answered by Ananda Apothecary staff, and other experienced aromatherapy practitioners.
|Frankincense oil has been revered for centuries as a meditation
aid. Add 4-6 drops of Frankincense essential oil to your burner to
be used during meditation. Apply externally to the affected area for joint conditions. For immune support, massage into the tops of the feet and lymph-node areas ~ use the carrier of your choice.
||Frankincense essential oil has traditionally used as an anti-asthmatic, strengthening
the immune system (immunostimulant). It has been found to have anti-cancer effects. Frankincense contains boswellic acids, which may be helpful in arthritic conditions where
inflammation is indicated.
|May be supportive in cases of a weakened immune
system, asthma, depression. Has been proposed as an adjunctive therapy to cancer treatment. Noted useful for 'stubborn warts'.
||Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic
reaction. If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician.
|For measuring blends using % concentrations, or for measuring fractions of milliliters, see measuring essential oils. Frankincense oil blends well with: Cedarwood
Oil, Lavender Oil, Myrrh
Oil, Neroli Oil, Rose Oil, Sandalwood
Oil, Orange Oil, Lemon Oil,
and Ylang-Ylang Oil.
|All oils from Ananda Aromatherapy are therapeutic grade,
meaning they are produced to the highest quality standards possible. Our essential oils are
chosen for their integrity (all chemical constituents important for aromatherapy are intact), ecological
'soundness' (many are claimed organic, certified organic, or wild grown), and wonderful
aromas. You may order a sample of any oil before trying larger amounts. Most samples are about .75ml; exotic
oils such as Melissa, Rose, Angelica and Jasmine are only a few drops, but certainly enough to enjoy their
*The FDA has not evaluated the statements on this website. No claims are made as to any medicinal value of this oil or any products from The Ananda Apothecary. The information presented here is for educational purposes of traditional uses and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. You are responsible for understanding the safe application of these products. If you have any questions, please call or email us for further information.