Frankincense Serrata

Boswellia serrata

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Frankincense Serrata (Boswellia serrata) oil commonly known as Indian Frankincense is steam distilled from tree resin and known for its use in Ayurvedic medicine. The word Frankincense comes from the term “franc encens,” which means quality incense in old French.

Frankincense oleo-gum-resin is tapped from Boswellia trees by carefully making a small incision in the bark and allowing the exuded milky resins to harden. Tapping is done 2 to 3 times a year with the final taps producing the best resin, due to its higher aromatic terpenes, sesquiterpenes and diterpenes content.

The Frankincense tree grows as a short shrub, to about 3-7 meters (10-23 feet) with an abundance of leaves and blossoms with white or pale pink flowers.

F. Serrata is different from F. Carterii with a different odour and leaf, as the name Serrata refers to its serrated leaf.

Its natural location is in India through to Pakistan and has been used as incense traditionally. Due to India's higher production volumes of Indian Frankincense Oil (Boswellia serrata), this oil has a more affordable price point compared to different varieties like Somali and Oman/Yemen Frankincense Oils, different varieties called (Boswellia carterii) and (Boswellia sacra).

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APPEARANCE  Colorless to pale yellow liquid
ODOUR    Sweet, woody and delicate, with terpenic-pine top notes
SPECIFIC GRAVITY @20°C    0.840 to 0.860
REFRACTIVE INDEX @20°C  1.455 to 1.482


The main components of Frankincense oil are:

ALLERGENS: Contains Limonene


Indian Frankincense Oil (Boswellia serrata) is high in natural constituents with a variety of healing powers, like boswellic acids and terpenes. These components make Indian Frankincense Oil a powerful antiseptic, decongestant, antiviral and anti-inflammatory agent.

Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Frankincense added to your favorite massage oil can help relax aching joints and arthritis as it improves circulation and promotes healing.

Frankincense can help with stretch marks, wound healing, acne blemishes, eczema and surgical scars. It is an astringent and antiseptic, so it helps protect skin cells and reduce blemishes.

It can prevent wrinkles, lift and tighten skin to slow the aging process and it is therefore perfect for mature skin. Add 6 drops of oil to 30mls of unscented carrier oil to apply directly to the face and neck.

Frankincense has antiseptic properties, so it can help eliminate bacteria and viruses from indoor surfaces, helping cut down the use of chemical-based cleaners.

Add a few drops to your diffuser to help remedy respiratory or sinus problems associated with colds and flu.

It may help boost the body's immune system and help fight viruses and colds, ease bronchitis and asthma. Frankincense is also a great indoor deodorizer so diffuse inside the home to disinfect and eliminate indoor pollution. It will help ease feelings of anxiety, stress and will help promote good sleep.

Blends well with:
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender, Grapefruit, Peppermint, Rose Absolute, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and Citrus oils.