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This Or That: What Are The Differences Between Frankincense Essential Oils?

This Or That: What Are The Differences Between Frankincense Essential Oils?

It’s difficult to pinpoint the main differences between the four 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 delve a little deeper and give those of you wondering which Frankincense to choose, a bit of direction. Rooted in rich history, and valued by myriads of cultures, there is much to learn about one of EG’s most popular essential oils.

FRANKINCENSE CARTERII

The most well known and used Frankincense of the four 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 illnesses and breathing. The aroma of Frankincense Carterii is what most people are familiar with, and is commonly used in making natural incense and resin burning. It has a deep, rich, grounding aroma which 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 SACRA

Native to Oman, Frankincense Sacra is a gem to the Middle East. Not unlike most Frankincenses, Frankincense Sacra tends to thrive in precarious environments, like rocky, eroding slopes and chalky soil. Out of all four of the Frankincense offered at Edens Garden, Frankincense Sacra has the highest amount of alpha-pinene.

When paired with oils high in limonene such as Lemon and other citruses, Frankincense Sacra has been found to be highly antimicrobial. Containing high amounts of alpha-pinene also gives Frankincense Sacra the ability to act as an anti-inflammatory. It’s aroma is pungent, and strong, with a deep, earthy Frankincense aroma. You may pick up on some medicinal top notes and woody undertones when enjoying this rich Frankincense oil. If you love the aroma of Frankincense, you will truly appreciate the aroma of Frankincense Sacra.

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 stripping 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!  

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Edens Garden

October 10, 2018

Hi Linda! The way in which an oil is obtained varies from oil to oil. All of our Frankincense oils are steam distilled. To find out how an oil was obtained, go to that oil’s product page, and under “Details” look next to “Obtained.”

Linda

October 10, 2018

How are your oils distilled? Steam? Chemicals?

Edens Garden

September 20, 2018

Hi Phuong! Yes, both carterii and frereana will work for that purpose.

Phuong

September 20, 2018

Is the carterii the better version for anti aging? If I already have the frereana, will that work as well?

Edens Garden

September 12, 2018

Hi Gail! What a wonderful idea. Making a Frankincense synergy is a great way to obtain the benefits of Frankincense essential oils.

Gail

September 12, 2018

Can I combine the different varieties of the Frankincense together as they each offer a little bit different properties

Edens Garden

September 03, 2018

Hi Abelha! Many looking to use “boswellia” for anti-cancer purposes are actually looking for boswellic acid which is a product of Frankincense, and one that we don’t offer.

Edens Garden

September 03, 2018

Hi Tammy! Here is an article that may help you decide how to use essential oils depending on what you’re using it for: http://bit.ly/2pAO8ca

Abelha

September 03, 2018

Hi, I’m interested in the anti-cancer effect of boswellia. I appreciate that you can’t give ‘health’ advise, but would it be possible to let me know which one is usually bought for this purpose by other customers?
Thank you!

Tammy Franz

September 03, 2018

I am learning, so do I put this stuff on my neck/shoulder for the inflammation or am I putting into a diffuser?

Edens Garden

August 28, 2018

Hi Josephine! When it comes to medical issues, we recommend working with your doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet your specific needs.

Josephine

August 28, 2018

Hi, for ovarian cysts, may I know which Frankincense should I use? Thanks ?

Karen Cooper

August 22, 2018

I’ve been using essential oils for several months for help with sleep as well as immune assistance and cleaning. My husband has recently become aware of frankincense being used with his epilepsy. I’m going to order some of the frankincense carterii for use in this matter as well as my sleep blend. Thanks for your great products!

Edens Garden

August 20, 2018

Hi Mary! Frankincense carterii has the most traditional Frankincense aroma. However, you may be used to the blend of Frankincense that doTERRA offers, and we can’t promise that Frankincense carterii alone will have a similar aroma to the blend.

Mary

August 20, 2018

I was delighted to find EG recently, after using Doterra for a year! But have a question about frankincense. I was conscientiously using Doterra frankincense (made of carterii, frereana, and sacra) every day and every night on a pre-cancerous skin spot on my cheek. I got the scabby spot to disappear after 1 month, and it had been there for several years. Since Doterra is too expensive, and I liked EG ethos, and their other products, I decided to try the most expensive ‘frereana’ type, and bought the 30ml size about 2 months ago. Mistake! It smells like a faint tea tree oil, not frankincense, and a tiny scab is coming back on the spot.

I know you can not give medical advice, but will your ‘carterii’ EO smell good like frankincense??! Just wondering.

Edens Garden

July 17, 2018

Hi Diane! In this case, we would suggest working with a doctor and aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet that person’s specific medical conditions.

Edens Garden

July 17, 2018

Hi Jan! You might try one of our blends, such as Head-A-Sore-Use or Head Ease.

Diane

July 17, 2018

Which one of these might be the most beneficial for someone recovering from brain cancer?

Jan Wier

July 17, 2018

One of my best friends has debilitating migraines. I thought my migraine were the worst, here’s are 10X worse than mine. She has been using doterra brand, unfortunately with 5 kids it is cost prohibitive. I was unaware that there are 4 types. Could you please recommend the best one for her horrendous migraines?

Edens Garden

July 13, 2018

Hi Beverly! When it comes to specific medical conditions, we recommend working with your doctor and an aromatherapist.

Beverly

July 13, 2018

Which can be used for high blood pressure

Edens Garden

July 05, 2018

Hi Shannon! We would reach for the Frankincense Carterii, but any one of these Frankincenses would be great for what you need.

Shannon

July 05, 2018

Looking to add frankinsence to help my daughter’s acne. Which variety would you recommend?

Edens Garden

June 30, 2018

Hi Karen! We do not recommend casual internal use, and here’s why: http://bit.ly/2DWR6fB

karen

June 30, 2018

I am looking for a good myrrh product for my teeth and gums…. want to add frankincense as well – which frankincense do you recommend. Thank you. karen

Edens Garden

June 22, 2018

Hi Barbs! Most essential oils are not considered “food grade.” The FDA has a list of EOs that are generally regarded as safe (GRAS) for consumption in food and beverages, but they advise using EOs in parts per million (ppm). Most consumers do not have the equipment to measure oils in this small of a proportion, so we don’t recommend ingesting oils unless you’re working with a certified aromatherapist and your doctor. You can read more about internal use here: http://bit.ly/2DWR6fB

Barbs

June 22, 2018

I have been using three Frank’s (carterii, sacra and serrata). Just recently freeana!
Thank you for this info.

I am not one of the braver souls to ingest any oils unless they are food grade. And even then, just a small amount. Oils get absorbed into blood stream which goes into mist tissues and organs, am I correct?
Again thank you

Edens Garden

June 08, 2018

Hi Kat! Here is an article on this subject that we believe you may find useful: http://tisserandinstitute.org/frankincense-oil-and-cancer-in-perspective/

Kat

June 08, 2018

Please please help. I’m reading different things about frankincense. And its ability to kill cancer cells. I am reading that some frankincense can indeed be ingested by one drop perhaps to under the tongue. I want to know what the frankincense gum resin is. And can that be chewed like candy. Please tell me what form of Frankincense can indeed be ingested by way of one drop under the tongue. Into the bloodstream so it will reach the cancer cells. Anybody please help me

Edens Garden

May 29, 2018

Hi Candice! We do not recommend ingestion. Here’s an article that speaks to this: http://bit.ly/2DWR6fB

Candice Hartwig

May 29, 2018

Can the frankincense sacra be ingested? I was reading to add it and peppermint oil to water to heal stomach ulcers

Robin Anderson

May 21, 2018

Thank you the articles that you have for each type of Frankincense! They really pin piont what each type of oil so there is no mistake p what you need.

Edens Garden

May 03, 2018

Hi Ramona! Here is an article on oils for inflammation: https://www.edensgarden.com/blogs/news/the-best-essential-oils-for-inflammation

Ramona Christensen

May 03, 2018

What is the best oil for massage with the purpose of healing hands from inflammation of tissue deep in the hand?

Edens Garden

April 18, 2018

Hi Wanda! When it comes to specific medical advice, we recommend working with your doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe and effective guidelines that meet your individual needs.

Wanda

April 18, 2018

I have been using another brand of Frankincense for neuropathy. With your brand carrying 4 Frankincense and 1 Frankincense and Myrrh, I am confused which one will be best for my neuropathy.

Edens Garden

April 11, 2018

Hi Jennifer! Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.edensgarden.com/blogs/news/baby-alert-what-to-pack-in-your-hospital-bag-essential-oils

Jennifer Clanfield

April 10, 2018

Hi!

Which of these oils would I use for Labour?

Thank you x

Paula Church

March 14, 2018

Is your frankincense pure or is it a blend? I am currently using the Doterra frankincense which is much more expensive which is why I ask this question. I would love to find a cheaper oil but want to make sure I am getting the same benefits.

Edens Garden

March 12, 2018

Hi Katie! We’d recommend working with your doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet your specific needs.

Katie

March 08, 2018

Hi there! I’ve been trying to research which type of Frankincense would be best in a blend for hypothyroid. Could you please help?

Edens Garden

February 26, 2018

Hi Pat! No, Frankincense essential oil will most likely not kill cancer cells. Here is an article regarding this very subject: http://tisserandinstitute.org/frankincense-oil-and-cancer-in-perspective/

Pat

February 25, 2018

This is a question. I read that some frankincense oils are usefull for killing cancer cells. Have you heard from any of your customers that they use it for that purpose?

Edens Garden

February 19, 2018

Hi Adriane! Here is an article regarding internal use: http://bit.ly/2DWR6fB

Adriane DiLullo ?

February 17, 2018

Are these oils ingestible need Frankincense that is compared to Do Terra using under tongue for brain tumor

Edens Garden

February 12, 2018

Hi Jan! When it comes to specific medical issues, we recommend working with your doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet your specific needs.

Jan

February 12, 2018

Thanks for the great info! I was searching for which Frank would be beast when dealing with cancer. Thanks in advance!

Edens Garden

January 22, 2018

Hi Heddy! We don’t recommend using oils internally without consulting with your doctor and an aromatherapist who can provide you with safe guidelines that meet your individual needs.

Heddy Lapeyrouse

January 20, 2018

Can any of your frankincense be taken internally?

Edens Garden

January 10, 2018

Hi Sarah! The genus of all Frankincense oils is Boswellia, so all of our Frankincense oils are technically Boswellia. Age Defy contains Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)

Sarah

January 08, 2018

Two questions! You don’t mention Frakincense Bostweila which I love from you guys. Are you discontinuing? 2nd question. Which Frankincense is in your synergy blend Age Defy?

Melissa Cordova

January 08, 2018

Thank you for this information, I have been learning about using herbs and oils to heal and love to shop with you guys, but have never bought the Frankincense because I was never sure exactly what I needed and for what purpose… this clarified all my questions and I now have a new interest when visiting your site. Pleasure to read and will be back for more info in the future!

Also, thanks for making this info printable! I can add it to my file folder as a reference if I ever need it!