I love frankincense essential oil - it really is a personal favourite of mine. It is so calming and soothing, yet uplifting at the same time.
I use it in aromatherapy massage when people are feeling stressed or anxious. This essential oil helps you to breathe more slowly and deeply, so is terrific for calming and soothing the body and mind. It also has a rejuvenating, balancing and healing effect on the skin.
It is also one of the most useful oils for respiratory infections when used in inhalations, aromatherapy massage and baths.
Frankincense is useful in skincare particularly for older skin. It helps tone slack skin and is great for reducing wrinkles!
Frankincense (sometimes known as Olibanum)
Middle East, China, North Africa
Common Method Of Extraction:
Steam distillation of the resin. This is obtained by making incisions in the tree trunk which exudes a milky juice. This slowly hardens on contact with the air into a resin.
Balsamic, spicy, woody and camphorous.
Base to middle.
Astringent, sedative, tonic, expectorant, antiseptic, digestive, vulnerary, diuretic.
See the glossary for definitions!
Mind, Spirit and Body:
An astringent oil so is great for balancing oily skin.
Very good for older skins.
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