Did you know
Frankincense was considered a prized possession in ancient times? It was as valuable as many precious gems and metals, and was the major economic resource of some Arabic Countries.
Just as in Arabic society, frankincense was originally the most effective scent for attracting divine blessings and dispersing evil spirits in Hebraic culture, and it was carefully guarded in a special chamber within the Temple along with all the ingredients used to make the sacred incense.
In his Spiritual PhytoEssencing Materia Medica, Dr. Bruce Berkowsky’s says that Frankincense is all about breath on all levels physical and spiritual. There is a theme of maintaining control but this can lead to paralysis of both emotional and spiritual development.
Latin Binomial: (Boswellia sacra)
Essential Oil: A pale yellow essential oil is steam distilled from the gum resin, and it is also available as a CO2 extraction.
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Part Used: Resin
Yield: 3 – 5%.
Aroma: Woody, spicy and slightly sweet.
Odour intensity: High
Perfume Note: Base
Blends well with: sandalwood, pine, vetiver, geranium lavender, neroli, orange, bergamot and other citrus oils, basil, pepper, cinnamon and other spice oils.
Perfume Key Qualities: Clearing, purifying, restorative, warming, sedative, uplifting, tonic, cephalic and revitalizing.
Cautions: Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Frankincense can have quiet a varied chemical composition, and there isn’t a concensus as to whther this oil should be avoided during pregnancy, or during just the first trimester, or whether it is safe to use during pregnancy. I usually go by the maxium that if you are not sure, don’t.
Frankincense has antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antidepressant, astringent, calming, expectorant, immunostimulant, sedative, tonic and vulnerary properties.
Frankincense can be used to awaken our spiritual purpose.
- Chakra: Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown.
- TCM Meridian: Lung, Heart, Kidney and Large Intestine.
- Ayurveda Doscha: Increases Pitta, balances Kapha and decreases Vata.
- Animal Connection: Owl
- Crystal: Diamond
- Color: Violet
- Numerology: Frankincense 9, Boswellia sacra 9
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