Boswellia serrata has a warm and spicy, woody odor that is haunting, but milder than Frankincense from Somalia.
Frankincense originates from a small tree indigenous to the Middle East. 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. 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 skin-care products.
Frankincense oil is very versatile, and has been used by people for centuries to:
Help reduce stress reactions and negative emotions
Help boost immune system function and prevent illness
As an astringent, killing harmful germs and bacteria
Healing skin and preventing signs of aging
Reduce symptoms associated with menstruation and menopause by balancing hormone levels, helping relieve pain, cramps, constipation, headaches, anxiety, nausea, fatigue and mood swings
It has a calming, grounding scent that can naturally help you to fall asleep. It helps open breathing passages, allows your body to reach an ideal sleeping temperature and can eliminate pain that keeps you up.
Decrease inflammation and pain
Cautions: All essential oils should be diluted before use. For external use only. May cause skin irritation in some individuals; a skin test is recommended prior to use. Avoid contact with eyes. Keep out of the reach of children.