Frankincense resin from the Orient
For thousands of years, frankincense has been traded as a precious cultural asset, resulting in one of the oldest trade routes in the world for the valuable resin: the legendary Frankincense Route.
It stretches from Oman via Yemen to the Syrian Damascus. Traditionally, frankincense resin has been used for ceremonial incensing due to its pleasant scent. In Eastern Africa, the home of our premium frankincense resin, the aromatic resin found its way into various spiritual rituals.
Interesting for Science: Frankincense Resin & Boswellic Acids
Meanwhile, studies conducted in the West also point to the medical potential of frankincense for many different applications. Boswellic acids are found in frankincense dry extract, some of which are considered pharmacologically active components of the resin. Research into the anti-inflammatory effects of constituents in some incense varieties is in full swing – we are happy to share the latest results with you. You can find more below under active ingredients!
Important legal notice:
The information given here refers to frankincense resin in general and not exclusively to our frankincense preparations. This also means that these effects have not been proven in detail for our products and are not transferable without being tested, as the various types of frankincense and the products derived from them may differ.
The Genuine Active Ingredients of Our Natural Products
Our essential oils contain a wide variety of active ingredients, which make it a gentle power pack thanks to their natural interaction.
Our Beeyo frankincense oil (Boswellia carterii) contains monoterpenes such as:
α-pinene, limonene, α-thujen, α-phellandren, myrcene, sabinen, camphene and β-caryophyllene
Limonene and pinene have a rather activating and focus-enhancing effect, while myrcene and caryophyllene have a very relaxing effect. Could this explain the mentally balancing effect of the essential oil.
In total, frankincense oil can contain up to 160 different biochemical ingredients, which were detected by APRC analysis using gas chromatography. On request, we will be happy to send you a detailed laboratory report!
Further information about the ingredients of Beeyo (Boswellia carterii) can be found in the dissertation: “Isolation and structure elucidation of anti-inflammatory ingredients from frankincense resin” by Stefanie Seitz from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Technology III of Saarland University from 2008 (https://d-nb.info/1052338631/34, accessed: 20. 9. 2020, language: German).
Important legal notice:
All information given in this dissertation refers to frankincense resin in general and not directly to our frankincense preparations. This means that these effects have not been proven in detail for our products and cannot be transferred without testing, as the types of frankincense and its products may differ.
The Basis of our Products
The Basis for Frankincense Oil, Our Most Important Product, Is the Classic Frankincense Resin. From It, We Get Essential Oils and Hydrosols, or the Extract.
It is a gum resin, which is extracted from the sap of the Boswellia species. Besides bitter substances, natural gum and boswellic acids, essential oils are found in the natural resin of the frankincense tree.
Depending on the desired application, our frankincense oil can be absorbed via skin or the respiratory tract. Both ways of absorption are effective and promote well-being. After a compatibility test on a blank skin patch, the essential oil can also be used for pure application on a small skin area. However, we recommend the use in dilution, as the active ingredients are highly concentrated. It is simply not necessary to use pure essential oil, and diluted application saves resources as well.
Almond, jojoba or avocado oil are wonderful bases to dilute our valuable essential oils.
Pregnant women, people with a tendency to migraine and other sensitivities should use frankincense essential oil with special care, as in rare cases, even the highest quality essential oil can cause discomfort, which might be by metabolic activation.
On the other hand, some people report relief of migraine when using frankincense oil. So it should be decided individually.
Traditional Product of Nature
Cleansing, Room Scent & Rituals
Where it originates, frankincense essential oil is used in cosmetics to cleanse, care for and regenerate the skin. Egyptian pharaohs travelled far to obtain the exquisite frankincense from the last tip of Somalia, the holy land of the Punt. Hatshepsut, the first official female pharaoh of Egypt, had even sent an expedition to secure the special resin of this region and some of the trees for her palace garden.
The Romans used to burn frankincense resin to accompany prayers of thanksgiving, to scent rooms and to disinfect the air. Also within the Christian cultural context, the versatile resin is well known, mainly from mentions in the Bible and ceremonial incenses in the churches.
We all know the story of the Three Wise Kings who came from the Orient and brought precious gifts of frankincense, myrrh and gold as a blessing for the birth of Jesus Christ. The offer of frankincense was a symbol for the presence of the Holy Spirit, symbolizing the divine in Jesus and still, today represents the unity of body, mind and soul.
Frankincense Oil has many different uses:
– Natural Cosmetics
– Room Scenting
– Flavoring of Food and Beverages
– Support the Spiritual opening, e.g. during Prayers or Meditation
The fragrance of the frankincense species can be described as balsamic and fresh, with underlying citrus notes. Within this spectrum, the different fragrance profiles of the individual frankincense types differ.
The Fragrance of the Frankincense Species Can Be Described as Balsamic-fresh, with Enigmatic Citrus Notes. Within This Spectrum, the Different Fragrance Profiles of the Individual Frankincense Types Differ.
Important legal notice:
Please note that the effects of frankincense listed here are based on experience and traditional observations, but not on clinical, randomized and placebo-controlled studies. Furthermore, these traditional experiences are not directly related to our own products manufactured according to modern standards, but rather to applications carried out in ancient procedures.
With this background, please decide for yourself whether you would like to try our preparations. The positive experiences we report are of course subjective and not representative. You may have different experiences.