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Boswellia carterii, a member of the Burseraceae botanical family, is one of several species of Frankincense that is used to produce essential oil.  The oil is produced by hydro or steam distillation of the resin tears, which are also known as Frankincense incense, or Olibanum gum.  The tears are obtained when deep incisions are made in the tree and the oleoresin oozes out of the resin pockets and hardens on the outside of the tree.  Frankincense incense has been valued for thousands of years and continues to be popular for religious uses. 


Frankincense is one of the gentle essential oils that blends well with most other oils and is commonly used in children’s blends.  It may assist with the appearance of skin when properly diluted and applied topically.  Consider blending with Lavender and Sandalwood for a calming after bath body oil.  Try adding to a diffuser alone, or with oils such as Myrrh, Roman chamomile, and Patchouli, to create a relaxing environment for meditation.


Usage ideas:

  • Add a few drops of essential oils to a diffuser, cotton round, or a tissue.

  • Dilute to 1% in your choice of carrier oils to make a face serum or body oil.  Apply a small amount to damp skin after washing to help seal in moisture.  

  • Add 5-15 drops to 1 oz. of your choice of carrier oils to make a massage oil.

  • Mix a few drops with an unscented liquid soap or bubble bath and add to the tub when filling. 

For convenience on the go…

  • Properly dilute with your choice of carrier oils in a roller bottle.

  • Add up to a total of 15 drops of essential oils to a personal aromatic inhaler (aroma stick).



Skin sensitization if oxidized; old or oxidized oils should be avoided.  Should be stored in a cool, dark place, preferably a refrigerator.  If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, please consult with a healthcare professional prior to use.  Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.  Keep out of reach of children and pets.  If swallowed, seek medical attention or contact a Poison Control Center.  Do not use undiluted essential oils topically.  Possible skin sensitivity.  Do not use on broken skin.  Watch for any possible interactions or side effects.  Discontinue use if any reaction including skin irritation occurs and if condition persists, seek medical attention.  Be sure you are familiar with all safety precautions including any recommended dermal maximums before use.  



This product is not intended to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and is for educational and informational purposes only.  These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).



Sheppard-Hanger, S. (1995). The Aromatherapy Practitioner Reference Manual. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy


Tisserand, R. and Young, R. (2014). Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition. Churchill Livingstone

Burfield, T. (2016). Natural Aromatic Materials: Odours & Origins, Second Edition. Atlantic Institute of Aromatherapy

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