There are over a dozen different varieties of Frankincense
trees in the Boswellia family, however there are four main species commonly found on the market: Boswellia Carterii, Boswellia Frereana, Boswellia Sacra and Boswellia
Serrata. The variances might seem subtle at first- but there are some significant
geographic and chemical differences between the four!
B.Carterii is cultivated and harvested specifically in Somalia, B.Serrata is from India, while B. Frereana
and B. Sacra is from Dhofar, Oman! These different environments impact the
percentages of chemicals that make up each essential oil, resulting in
different indications. B.Carterii is
the essential oil most often tested and used in studies, which makes it the
first choice for Aromatherapeutical purposes.
The scent profile of Boswellia Sacra is very coniferous,
penetrating and citrus-y. Due to its higher levels of Pinene, it has a tendency
to smell more strongly of sap and forests. It has an odor intensity of 7 and is
considered a base note and a fixative. It has a well-documented status as the
most sought-after and desirable type of Frankincense.
The chemical makeup of the
Frankincense chemo-type Sacra
indicates it is excellent for respiratory complaints. Use it specifically for
situations when the bronchioles contract too much, or as an expectorant. It is
also excellent for joint pain, muscle inflammation, sports injuries and
digestive issues. Use at a maximum 5% dilution for localized massage to
effectively manage pain.
The emotional applications for
Sacra are also very important to mention, for it has a rich history of spiritual
use. Diffuse during meditation sessions or before beginning a class of yoga to
heighten inner focus and vision.
Contraindications: The high levels of Terpenes might irritate the
skin if used undiluted. Avoid use in pregnancy or on children below the age of
7. GRAS, considered non-toxic and non-sensitizing.