Botanical Name: Boswellia carterii
Method: CO2 Extracted
Plant Part: Resin
Blends Well With: Cedarwood, Elemi, Oud, Melissa, Myrrh, Neroli and Vanilla
Aroma: Balsamic, resinous, warm and woodsy
Consistency: Slightly thick
Color: Pale gold
Safety: Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult physician. Avoid contact with eyes. Do not use internally unless instructed by a licensed aromatherapist or physician.
OK For Kids: 2+
Kids Max Dilution: 1%
Shelf Life: 2- 3 Years
Pet Safety: Essential oils are generally safe to diffuse around adult cats and dogs intermittently. Ensure the room you’re diffusing in is well-ventilated and that your pet can leave if desired. Discontinue use if you notice any adverse reaction. Avoid topical use and diffusing around young pets, small animals or pets with health problems.
- Frankincense CO2 oil is the supercritical CO2 extraction method version of Frankincense Essential Oil. This version of essential oil comes from the same part of the tree (resin) but has a slightly different aroma than the traditional steam distilled frankincense. The CO2 extraction Frankincense has a more balsamic and grassy aroma, coming from the higher concentration of acetate components. The CO2 extraction method also results in higher levels of boswellic acid, also known as terpenoid molecules found within the resin of the frankincense tree. It has very similar properties and affinities to traditional frankincense, like uses in religious practices and meditation.
- While many aspects of Frankincense CO2 are similar to Frankincense Essential Oil, they are not the same. If you were to look at the chemical composition of Frankincense CO2 and compare it to the essential oil, you would see that there are many variations, as well as differing amounts of these components between the two. These two types of Frankincense also do not smell the same - the essential oil has a much smoother and milder aroma, whereas the CO2 extraction has a more grassy and herbal aroma. Their affinities also differ slightly - the CO2 extraction has a very strong affinity for a compromised immune system, whereas the essential oil has a much stronger affinity to skin support.
- When following essential oil safety and using under the supervision of a certified aromatherapist and/or a physician, Frankincense CO2 oil may be taken internally to help support a healthy immune system. When taking essential oils internally, it is highly recommended to create a capsule - this prevents skin sensitivities from occurring. To make a capsule, purchase veggie capsules and place 1 drop Frankincense CO2 in the capsule. Fill the capsule the rest of the way with a carrier oil that is safe for ingesting, like olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil. Seal the capsule and take with at least 8oz of water, up to 3x per week over a short period of time. Essential oils should not be taken internally for prolonged periods of time.
- When stored properly, Frankincense CO2 is very safe for use dermally, via diffusion/inhalation, and internally. Frankincense CO2 requires airtight storage in a cool, dark place away from direct sunlight. When stored properly, Frankincense CO2 is safe to use anywhere between 1-3 years in shelf life.
- Frankincense CO2 is made using an extraction method called Hypercritical CO2 Extraction. It is a relatively new extraction method that uses hypercritical carbon dioxide to extract essential oils from plant matter. The way it works is by compressing CO2 under extreme pressure, the CO2 turns from a gas into a liquid that can then be used as a liquid solvent. This solvent is able to penetrate through the plant matter and extract the essential oil from the plant. The CO2 oil is then filtered out of the liquid solvent as in the normal steam distillation method.
Similar yet unique from essential oils, CO2 extraction results in an oil containing heavier plant molecules, which produces richer therapeutic properties, a longer shelf life and aromas closer to the plants they’re derived from.
Apply Topically: Our CO2s are 100% pure and undiluted. To apply to the skin, dilute with a high-quality Carrier Oil. See our dilution chart here. We recommend performing a skin patch test when using a new CO2 or essential oil topically.
Diffuse & Inhale: Breathe in your favorite CO2s using an essential oil diffuser or personal pocket inhaler. For instructions on how to use your diffuser, please refer to the diffuser's product page.
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