It’s difficult to pinpoint the main differences between the four varietals of Frankincense we offer. Many aromatherapists agree that though the chemistry differs between them, the benefits are very much the same.
The difference between each Frankincense tends to lie in their aromas. But rather than leave it at that, we’d like to delve a little deeper so you know which Frankincense to choose. Rooted in a rich history, and valued by myriad cultures, there is much to learn about one of EG’s most popular essential oils.
The most popular varietal 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 great for immune support.
Frankincense Carterii has many skin benefits, able to reduce the appearance of mature skin and scars by repairing skin cells. The respiratory system can also benefit from Frankincense, as it helps remedy illnesses and aids in breathing. The aroma of Frankincense Carterii is what most people are familiar with, and it's 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.
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, making it a great anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic and analgesic properties.
This Frankincense Frereana is your go-to for relieving inflammation caused by arthritis, swelling and allergies. It's also 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.
Native to Oman, Frankincense Sacra is a gem of 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 Frankincense varietals offered by 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. Its 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.
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 for meditation and as 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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