Frankincense Essential Oil Somalia – Wildcrafted (Boswellia carterii)
Our Frankincense Essential Oil Somalia (Boswellia carterii) is wildcrafted therapeutic quality essential oil steam distilled from the sustainably collected resin of the trees.
Frankincense is a small tree growing up to 22 feet with abundant narrow leaves and white to pale pink flowers. It’s native to the Middle East and now grows in Somalia, Ethiopia, southern Arabia, and China. Frankincense from Somalia is our favorite of all the Frankincense essential oils.
Our Other Frankincense Oils:
Frankincense India (Boswelia carterii) – less expensive than Frankincense Somalia and still quite nice; also distilled from sustainably collected resin
Frankincense Serrata (Boswelia serrata) – an interesting alternative for a little different type of Frankincense . It’s from India and this genus is not endangered.
We also offer:
Frankincense Resin (Boswellia carteri) – the actual sustainably wildcrafted “tears” or gum of the frankincense tree (sold by the ounce)
Frankincense Flower Water (Boswellia carteri) – aka Frankincense Hydrosol – the water that was used for the steam distillation of frankincense resin (sustainably collected)
Frankincense of various types was used in both religious and domestic life in the Ancient Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian, Hebrew, Greek, and Roman cultures. It is possibly the most important incense ingredient in history. The name is derived from the medieval French word franc, meaning “pure” and the Latin word incensium, which means “smoke”.
Frankincense was used by the ancient Egyptians as one of the main ingredients in their temple incense known as kyphi and the gum was charred to produce kohl which Egyptian women used to outline their eyes. Frankincense is one of the four main ingredients the Hebrews used for their ceremonial incense burned on the Sabbath. Most famously, frankincense resin was one of the gifts the Magi presented to Jesus and is mentioned 22 times in the Bible.
Frankincense essential oil has been claimed by aromatherapists to have relaxing and revitalizing properties and has been used in cases of tension and exhaustion. It has also been described as uplifting and is said to deepen breathing. Frankincense essential oil is a popular oil to use during yoga practice.