Frankincense, India (WC)

Frankincense, India (WC)
Botanical Name: Boswellia serrata
Country of Origin: India
Method of Cultivation: Wild Crafted
Plant Material: from the gum resin/tears
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
CAS Number: 8016-36-2
Flash Point: > 100 degrees C (>212 F)

Odor: Balsamic Odor w Faint Lemon Note
Color: Pale, Slightly viscous, yellow liquid
Synonym: Olibanum

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A natural oleo resin formed from the physiological exudate from the bark of the tree. The resin is collected by making incisions into the bark. A milky-white liquid appears which then solidifies into amber or orange-brown crystals (tears) of the resin. The resin is then sorted and graded on the age, appearance, moisture level and odor characteristics which will determine the quality of the oil.

The most common species are as follows:

B. carteri Birdwood - Somalia
B. frereana Birdwood - Somalia (female)
B. bhau-dajiana Birdwood - Somalia, Ethiopia (male)
B. papyifera Hochst - Sudan & Eritrea
B. sacra Flueckiger - Saudi Arabia
B. serrrata Ro - Northwestern part of India

Extracts of this gummy exudates have been traditionally used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine as an anti-arthritic.

Boswellia (Boswellia Serrata) is an ayurvedic herb that has been traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory against most types of arthritis, ulcerative colitis, coughs, sores, snakebite, hair growth and asthma.

Frankincense has always been one of my favorites for meditation.

B. serrata is a much lighter, not as sharp 'scent' as B. carterri. Though still as complex, I would use it as more of a middle note than a base note.

Ref:
Dr. Brian M. Lawrence - Essential Oils 1981-1987 pg 31
S. Battaglia - The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy pg 204

Caution:
EXTERNAL USE ONLY.
Do not use undiluted on the skin.
Keep away from children & pets.
Store away from heat & light.

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