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Frankincense Essential Oil

Author: Dr. Larita
October 7, 2015

frankincenseEssential oil prices vary from place to place and from time to time depending on their availability and their quality. Frankincense essential oil is harvested twice a year, in the spring and again in the fall. The bark of the frankincense tree is cut allowing the liquid resin to seep out and as it hits the outside air it starts to crystallize and get hard. After a week or two, the hardened resin crystal can be cut off the tree and several different frankincense resins are produced ranging from the pure white “Hojari” which is what was selected for kings and queens to a low grade brownish frankincense resin that contains particles of the tree’s bark.

The crystal resin then goes through a process where it is crushed into powder, put into an oil bath, and steam distilled to extract the oil from the crystal resin. That’s why depending on the time of the year and the purity of your frankincense, you will pay more or less for the product. Frankincense is a popular scent at this time of year. Many people purchase it for the holidays because it reminds them that one of the gifts the three wise men brought to the baby Jesus was the gift of frankincense. For that purpose, you can use the perfume oil but if you want to use frankincense oil for aromatherapy, you must get the pure essential oil.

Because of its properties of being antiseptic, antibiotic, anti-fungal and disinfectant, there are many aromatherapy uses for frankincense. Click here to see 8 essential oil uses for frankincense.

 


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