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Frankincense Egyptian Premium Essential Oil

Botanical Name: Boswellia carteri
Plant Part:
 Resin
Extraction Method:
 steam distilled
Origin: Egypt

Frankincense Egyptian Essential Oil

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Description: The Frankincense tree originates from the Middle East, and is small with abundant pinnacle leaves. The flowers are white or pale pink.The Frankincense tree is a scraggly but hardy tree which originates from Oman and the Middle East. By slashing the barks of the tree, a sticky, fragrant resin is produced from which the Frankincense Oil is derived. Frankincense Essential Oil is highly prized in the perfumery industry and in Aromatherapy. The therapeutic properties of Frankincense Oil include use as an antiseptic, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, sedative, tonic and expectorant. It has remarkable rejuvenating and healing properties and is excellent in skincare manufacturing. Frankincense Essential Oil is also believed to encourage a meditative state bringing balance and peace to individuals.
Frankincense is from the French word 'Franc' meaning 'luxuriant' or it could be 'real incense'. Also known as Olibanum, Frankincense was used by the ancient Egyptians as an offering to the gods and as a rejuvenating facemask.
Color:
Pale yellow green
Consistency:
Medium
Note:
Base
Aromatic Scent:
Frankincense has a woody, spicy, haunting smell. It is slightly camphoric, but is regarded as more pleasant.
Blends well with:
basil, bergamot,  cedarwood, chamomile, cinnamon, clary sage, coriander, geranium, ginger.
History:
Frankincense is from the French word 'Franc' meaning 'luxuriant' or it could be 'real incense'. Also known as Olibanum, Frankincense was used by the ancient Egyptians as an offering to the gods and as a rejuvenating facemask.
Cautions: Frankincense oil is non-toxic and non-irritant and could be used by most people.  Disclaimer: Please note, the International Federation of Aromatherapists do not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. 

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Is all Fankincense Created Equal?

Frankincense essential oi has been prized in both ancient and modern times for its incredible healing properties. Recently, essential oil circles around the world have debated an important question: Which of the forty-two known species of frankincense offers the greatest therapeutic benefit? Through expert academic studies and Gary Young’s extensive world travels, Young Living has identified the two most researched and therapeutic frankincense species to be East African Boswellia carteri and Omani Boswellia sacra.

The research supporting this claim has centered on three important factors: selection of species, place of origin, and the quality of chemical constituents found in each. This paper focuses on three of the most well-known species of frankincense andtheir respective merits: the aforementioned Boswellia carteri and Boswellia sacra, as well as Boswellia frereana from Somalia.

Boswellia carteri

Native to East Africa, Boswellia carteri is the most well known and most studied among frankincense species because it contains many important natural constituents, including boswellic acid. One of the most important of these studies discusses the cell differentiating properties of frankincense.

While all frankincense species offer health advantages, Boswellia frereana has been shown to contain fewer of the healing gifts than the aforementioned B. carteri and B. sacra. The biggest drawback to Boswellia frereana is that it does not contain the powerful boswellic acids that have been the subject of more than 125 studies, according to a recent PubMed search. Researchers at Cardiff University have stated:

“Although B. frereana has the genealogy of the Boswellia species, little is known about the bioactive ingredients, except that it is devoid of the α- and β-boswellic acids that are characteristics of the other family members.”6

Another reference documenting the lack of boswellic acid in B. frereana is found in a review by Frank and Unger:

“The six boswellic acids . . . are the typical ingredients in frankincense from B. carteri, B. sacra and B. serrata but not in B. frereana.7

Not only does B. frereana not contain any boswellic acids, it also lacks the important chemical constituent incensole acetate (see “The Science Behind Spirituality” at left).

Boswellia frereana grows exclusively in Somalia and is not found in Oman. Dr. Ermias Dagne, professor of chemistry at Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, stated, “There are six most common Boswellia species whose resins are widely traded . . . ” He lists “B. frereana . . . known only from Somalia.”8 Other studies confirm that, “B. frereana grows in the coastal region of Somalia.”9 and that the distribution and habitat of Boswellia frereana is “restricted to N. Somalia.”10

Conclusion

Based on credible research and analysis of the three key factors-selection of species, place of origin, and qualityof chemical constituents-we reaffirm that Boswellia carteri from East Africa and Boswellia sacra from Oman contain the most potent blend of naturally occurring constituents with the most desirable therapeutic benefits.

Although its wellness potential should not be dismissed, Boswellia frereana is inferior to B. carteri and B. sacra because it lacks the important chemical constituents required for the highest therapeutic benefit.

Notes

1. MB Frank, Q Yang, HK Lin, et al., “Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific toxicity,” BMC Complement

Altern Med. 2009 Mar 18;9:6.

2. T. Akihista, et al., “Cancer chemopreventive effects and cytotoxic activities of the triterpene acids from the resin of Boswellia carteri,” Biol

Pharm Bull. 2006 Sep;29(9):1976–9.

3. M. Chevrier, et al., “Boswellia carteri Extract Inhibits TH1 Cytokines and Promotes TH2 Cytokines in Vitro,” Clin Diagn Lab Immunol. 2005

May;12(5):575–89.

4. Juliet Highet, “Frankincense: Oman’s Gift to the World.” Prestel Publishing, 2006. 66.

5. http://www.kew.org/ceb/sepasal/bsacra.htm

6. EJ Blain, et al., “Boswellia frereana (Frankincense) Suppresses Cytokine-Induced Matrix Metalloproteinase Expression and Production of Pro-

Inflammatory Molecules in Articular Cartilage,” Phytotherapy Research, 24:905-912 (2010).

7. A. Frank, M. Unger, “Analysis of frankincense from various Boswellia species with inhibitory activity on human drug metabolizing cytochrome

P450 enzymes using liquid chromatography mass spectrometry after automated on-line extraction,” Journal of Chromatography A. 1112

(2006) 255–262.

8. http://www.aritiherbal.com/articles/html

9. F. Nigel Hepper, “Arabian and African Frankincense Trees,” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. Vol. 55, (Aug., 1969), pp. 66–72.

10. M. Thulin, A.M. Warfa, “The frankincense trees (Boswellia spp., Burseraceae) of northern Somalia and southern Arabia,” Kew Bulletin. Vol. 42,

No. 3 (1987), pp. 487–500.

11. A. Moussaieff, et al., “Incensole acetate, an incense component, elicits psychoactivity by activating TRPV3 channels in the brain,” The FASB

Journal. 2008 Aug;22(8):3024–34.

12. http://wis-wander.weizmann.ac.il/site/en/weizman.asp?pi=421&doc_id=6120&interID=6107

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