Frankincense oil, scientifically known as Boswellia carterii oil, is an essential oil obtained from the resin of the Boswellia tree through steam distillation. It is characterized by a pale yellow color and a warm, woody, and slightly spicy aroma.
The primary chemical components of frankincense oil include alpha-pinene, limonene, beta-pinene, and incensole acetate. These compounds contribute to its therapeutic properties, which include anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antimicrobial, and antioxidant effects.
In the field of aromatherapy, frankincense oil is commonly used for its calming and grounding properties. It is believed to promote relaxation, reduce anxiety, and enhance overall well-being. Its aroma is often used in meditation practices to induce a sense of mental clarity and spiritual connection.
Frankincense oil also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, making it useful for relieving joint and muscle pain. It is commonly used topically to alleviate conditions such as arthritis and general inflammation.
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|Botanical name||Boswellia serrata|
|Origin||The essential oil is obtained from the steam distillation of gum resin of boswellia serrata.|
|Appearance||Colorless to pale yellow|
|Density||0.810 – 0.890 @25°C|
|Refractive index||1.410 – 1.490 @20°C|
|Optical rotation||+20º to +35º|
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