Botanical Family: Burseraceae (frankincense)
Plant Origin: Somalia
Extraction Method: Steam distilled from gum/resin
Key Constituents: Alpha-Pinene (28-49%), Limonene (10-16%), Sabinene (3-7%), Myrcene (8-12%), Beta Caryophyllene (3-7%), Alpha Thuyene (4-8%), Paracymene (2-5%)
ORAC: 630 mTE/100g
Historical Data: Also known as “olibanum,” the name frankincense is derived from the Medieval French word for “real incense.” Frankincense is considered the “holy anointing oil” in the Middle East has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It was well known during the time of Christ for its anointing and healing powers and it was one of the gifts given to Christ at His birth. “Used to treat every conceivable ill known to man,” frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it. It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, Ebers Papyrus (dating from 16th B.C.), an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescription and recipes.
Medical Properties: Antitumoral, immuno-stimulant, antidepressant, muscle relaxing
USES: Depression, cancer, respiratory infections, inflammation, immune-stimulating
Fragrant Influence: Increases spiritual awareness, promotes meditation, improves attitude, and uplifts spirits.
Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes, which stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of memory and emotions) and the hypothalamus, pineal, pituitary glands. The hypothalamus is the master gland of the human body, producing many vital hormones including thyroid and growth hormone.
Application: (1) Apply 2-4 drops on location, (2) apply on chakras and/or Vita Flex points, (3) inhale directly, (4) diffuse, (5) when using as a dietary supplement, dilute 1 drop of frankincense in 4 drops V-6 or olive oil, put in a capsule, and take 1 capsule before each meal or as desired.