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 Uses of Frankinsense Essential Oils - Aromatherapy

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Oil Name:Frankincense
Note:Base
Parts of plant used:Bark
Botanical Name:Boswellia Carteri, Boswellia Thurifera 
Aroma:Very woody with light overture of spice and lemon

Frankincense was in high regard in ancient Egypt, Chinese and Hebrew cultures. Today, Frankincense is still one of the most popular aromatic essential oils, valued for its subtle, haunting fragrance. Farnincense is widely used in the perfume industry.

 

Use:

AsthmaCatarrhInflenza
ColdsExpectorantAstringent
SedativeDepressionCarminative
AntisepticDiureticMenstrual pain

 

Constituents:

Sesquiterpene lactones: There are thousands of sesquiterpene lactones known. They mostly occur as a combination of several sesquiterpene lactones and are more prevalent in leaves and flowers.

Commonly valued for the digestive bitter benefits sesquiterpene lactones are also anti-inflammatory, antiprotozoal, antibacterial and antimicrobial.

A large majority of sesquiterpene lactones irritate the skin on contact causing dermatitis and often acute inflammation.

Used in China as an infertility agent in men it should not be used in this context as it could cause permanent infertility in men. Sesquiterpenes have antifungal, antibacterial and anaesthetic properties.

It is also thought that they prevent migraines and can be used as antibiotics and to treat Malaria but there is very little in depth testing results available to support these claims.

Lactones: A lactone is an Ester that's functional group has become part of a ring structure with carbon atoms.

Lactones are widely present in the plant kingdom and many are expectorants and febrifuges.

 

Pinene: Commonly found in Oil of Turpentine extracted from Pinus specie trees, pinene (alpha-pinene and beta-pinene) is also widely distributed in other plants. It is used for Rheumatism as a liniment but is best known by Aromatherapists and a tonic of the mucus membranes of the respiratory system. Pinene is also important for its pleasant fragrance and is believed to have diuretic properties by many.

 

Alcohol (olibanol)
CamphenePhellandreneDipentene
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