Essential Oil Profile:Frankincense ( Olibanum )


Latin Name: Boswellia carteri

Family: Burseraceae

Plant Part: Resin

Method: Distillation

Note/Element: Middle/Base. Element: Metal, Earth.

Functional Groups: Alcohol, Sesquiterpene, Terpene

Type: Balancing

Ayurvedic Dosha (Balances): Vata

Scent: Balsamic, Woody, Spicey

For Skin Type: Mature, Dry

Cautions: Not during Pregnancy

Physical Uses: Cough, coughing spasm, dysmenorrhea, colds, flu, laryngitis, cystitis, mucus, scar, wrinkles, tonic, seditive to the nervous system, balancing menstrual & menopausal symptoms.

Mental/Emotional Uses: Anxiety, tension, depression, chronic stress, grounding & calming .

Other Uses: Meditation, clearing stagnant energy, slows breathing, religious ceremony

Blends Well With: Flower, Peel, Resin, Root, Spice and Wood oils.

Possible Substitutions: Myrrh


Katherine Graf:Aroma Studio:Aromatherapy Home Study Certification Foundation Level, 1999-2010.

Lawless, Julia, The Complete Illustrated Guide To Aromatherapy, Boston,MA, Element Books Limited, 1997, page 180.



 This website is informational use only. All frankincense information is commonly and generally recognized to be such as listed. As with any product, if a rash appears, discontinue use. In case of accidental ingestion, (of more than a drop or two,) call your nearby poison control center for instructions. Use common sense caution: keep away from children and pets. If using in a burner, don’t leave the flame unattended or where tails may brush it. Keep frankincense oil out of ears, eyes and mucus membranes.