Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Prima Fleur CO2 Extract: FRANKINCENSE

Frankincense Select [Prima Fleur No. 131] is a wild Boswellia carteri from Oman. It is rich and full with a lemon twist in its scent. Frankincense is called for in many ancient and medieval recipes, and is the most commonly found ingredient in incense blends. The liquid oil is used in many blends and in skin care to rejuvenate the skin and combat the effects of aging. Our frankincense is processed by supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction; 10 to 12 kilos of raw material yields one kilo of extract. It can be used as a tonic for all-over body health, and has been known to relive pain associated with arthritis and other inflammatory states.
Frankincense at one time was considered more valuable than gold, revered as holy anointing oil along with myrrh. No two oils are better matched than myrrh and frankincense. They have been described as yin and yang, respectively. In Chinese medicine, myrrh is considered a soft, feminine yin oil, and frankincense, an expansive yang oil. Together they ground and uplift, at once resonating with earth energy and awakening higher consciousness. 
Frankincense was widely used for medicinal purposes to treat skin disease, nervous system imbalances and digestive disruption, and was listed as a medicinal and aromatic plant in the ancient Egyptian record, Ebers Papyrus. Like myrrh, the oil was used in ancient times for embalming, as well as beautifying rituals, including using the charred resin for kohl eyeliner. But frankincense is perhaps best known for its calming and sedative effects on the mind and central nervous system, making it ideal for meditation. 

Blending tips: Frankincense compliments citrus oils (lemon, lime, orange), lavender, bergamot, sandalwood, evergreens, and, of course, myrrh.

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