This or That: All About Frankincense Carterii, Frereana, and Serrata

April 22, 2016

What's the difference between Edens Garden Frankincense essential oils? It’s hard to pinpoint the main differences between the three varieties of Frankincense we offer. Many aromatherapists agree that though the chemistry differs between them, the therapeutics are very much the same. The outstanding difference between our Frankincenses tends to be in their aroma. But rather than leaving it at that, we’d like to go a little deeper and give those of you wondering which Frankincense to choose from a bit of direction. Rooted in rich history, and valued by myriads of cultures, there is much to learn about one of our favorite essential oils.

Frankincense Carterii

The most well known and used Frankincense of the three we offer, is our Frankincense Carterii essential oil. Besides its intoxicatingly smooth, and relaxing aroma, Frankincense Carterii has a knack for charming users with its many therapeutic properties. This oil is high in alpha pinene, and other monoterpenes, making it a great immune support. Frankincense Carterii has many benefits towards the skin, such as reducing the appearance of mature skin and scars due to its ability to repair skin cells. The respiratory system can also benefit from Frankincense, as it aids acute colds and asthma. The aroma of Frankincense Carterii is what most people are familiar with, and is commonly used in making natural incense or resin burning. It has a deep, rich, grounding aroma that touts the ability to quiet the mind, support focus, and encourage tranquility.

Frankincense Frereana

Though both Frankincense Frereana and Frankincense Carterii are sourced from the mountainous regions of Somalia, Frankincense Frereana is typically grown at a higher altitude, giving this oil a unique chemical makeup. This variety of Frankincense is high in pinene, thujene, and cymene, giving this oil great anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, and analgesic properties. This oil is your go to for relieving inflammation caused by arthritis, swelling, and allergies. Frankincense Frereana would also be a good addition to local pain blends. What’s commonly notable about this oil’s aroma, is its citrus-lemon top notes and earthy, resinous Frankincense heart.

Frankincense Serrata

It is believed that, because it is the oldest documented Frankincense, Frankincense Serrata may be the Frankincense referred to in the Bible and Ayurvedic medicine. Frankincense Serrata is high in natural constituents called alpha thujene, alpha pinene, and limonene. These components belong to the monoterpenes chemical family, lending Frankincense Serrata to being a powerful antiseptic, decongestant, and anti-inflammatory agent. You may want to choose Frankincense Serrata when you’re in need of a deodorizer, or air purifier. This oil is also commonly used during meditation, and as an anointing oil. The Frankincense resin from which it is produced is soft, sticky, and rich in oil. Because Frankincense Serrata yields a higher amount of essential oil, it is less expensive than our other Frankincenses which don’t yield as much oil. Its aroma is sweeter and more delicate, with terpenic-pine top notes.

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Frankincense resin, from which the essential oil is distilled, is extracted by striping the bark of a Frankincense tree. The resin then bleeds out a sappy, resinous substance, which dries to heal the tree. The tree itself tends to grow in rocky soil, and even in rocks to prevent itself from being uprooted during a storm. Frankincense continues to astound us with its amazing characteristics and abilities, which is why we’re proud to offer this oil in its purest form, sharing its benefits with everyone! We also wanted to extend the goodness, and offer a 10% discount on all five sizes of Frankincense Carterii, Frankincense Frereana, and Frankincense Serrata, today only! Just use the code: 10%FRANKINCENSE

*Offer valid for April 29th, 2016 only



  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Sammy! All of the Frankincense oils we offer contain the word Boswellia in the botanical name. The differences between the three can be read above.

    On October 12, 2016

  • Sammy says...

    I there,
    I brought what I thought was frankincense,but when saw your site I realized that there is a difference,and I’ve checked and what I have is boswellia but they are calling it frankincense,can you please tell me the difference,w I’ll it do the same as frankincense!!!!
    Yours sammy

    On October 03, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi Andrew! The article you linked to shows that limonene, when oxidized, can be a skin and inhalation irritant. This is true of most essential oils that are oxidized, which is why we recommend keeping essential oil bottles tightly sealed, so the oil won’t react with oxygen.

    The fact that limonene is considered a Group 3 carcinogen by the IARC, means as you stated, that it is not considered a carcinogen to humans.

    On September 29, 2016

  • Andrew says...

    Can anyone help with the discrepancy that if limonene is a constituent of Boswellia Seratta and it is also listed as a skin and respiratory irritant, why would we want this product?

    Also the IARC classifies d-limonene as a Group 3 carcinogen: not classifiable as to its carcinogenicity to humans.2024

    The latter because presumably, no company wants to test a potential carcinogen on humans.

    On September 29, 2016

  • Edens Garden says...

    Hi J.! Thank you for your feedback. It is by customer requests and feedback that we will better ourselves :)

    On September 01, 2016

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