Frankincense, a spiritual essential oil used since ancient time. 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:
It is believed that Boswellia Serrata is the one that is being referred in the Bible and Ayurvedic medicine. This variant 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 for menstrual pain. It has higher amount of anticarcinogens and antitumoral, making it more popular variant when used for cancer patients or inhibiting cancerous cells. This oil is also commonly used during meditation and has stronger peppery scent.
Boswellia Carterii is especially prized for its benefits towards the skin, such as reducing the appearance of mature skin and scars due to its ability to repair skin cells. It is commonly used in serums or creams for the face and making natural incense. Boswellia Carterii scent has 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 a great immune support.