Frankincense, a spiritual essential oil used since ancient times. While there are many variants of Frankincense Essential Oil available in the market, most will rely on its aroma/scent as their main preferences in terms of oil selections. Though the therapeutic uses are very much the same and CAN BE USED interchangeably, the chemistry constituents between them are different, thus making certain variant more effective compared to the other when used for different purposes. So for those who are wondering which Frankincense Essential Oils to choose, here’s a little guide:
Boswellia Serrata is believed to be the one that is being referred to in the Bible and Ayurvedic medicine. This variant of Frankincense is more effective when used to treat chronic ulcers, ringworm and menstrual pain. The anti-inflammatory properties of Boswellia Serrata make it ideal for joint pain and menstrual pain. It also has a higher amount of anticarcinogens and antitumoral. Which makes it a more popular variant for use with cancer patients to inhibit cancerous cells. This variant of Frankincense oil is also commonly used during meditation. It also has a stronger peppery scent compared to Boswellia Carterii.
Boswellia Carterii is especially prized for its benefits towards the skin. Due to its ability to repair skin cells, Boswellia Carterii can help to revitalize the appearance of mature skin and scars. It is commonly used in serums or creams for the face and making natural incense. The scent of Boswellia Carterii has a deeper grounding aroma which also helps in reducing stress and calms the nervous system. This oil is also high in alpha-pinene, and other monoterpenes, making it great immune support.