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Tip 16: Frankincense

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Frankincense, frereana (Boswellia frereana)  Essential Oil

GENERAL INFORMATION: The frereana variety of frankincense grows in the high
mountain regions of Somalia. In Somalia and Arabia, frereana is considered the “King”
of all the Boswellia species.

RESONANCE: mental, emotional, physical, spiritual

PLANT FAMILY: Burseraceae


EXTRACTION METHOD: steam distilled

THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES: There is very little information in the literature to
distinguish frereana from its cousin, carterii. The general opinion is that the two species
are very similar in therapeutic properties, although their aromas differ quite a bit. It is
recognized that the gentler frereana is very good for skin care.

AROMATIC CONSIDERATIONS: Frankincence frereana’s aroma is similar to
frankincense carterii, but it has a delightful balsam undertone with just a hint of lemon.

Frankincense frereana is lower in thujene. The missing thujene leaves frereana with a
softer, sweeter aroma that is quite appealing.

APPLICATION: Frankincense frereana can be applied to any area of the body. This
variety is particularly nice diffused.

EMOTIONAL / SPIRITUAL / MENTAL ASPECTS: The keynote of frankincense
frereana is the calming and centering effect it has on the energy grid of the body.

Frankincense frereana is said to enhance and balance the spiritual aspects of an
individual more so than the carterii or serrata varieties. It is the frankincense of choice
for religious ceremonies in many Arabic countries. Frankincense frereana is useful for supporting and assisting with stress, tension, depression, and other nervous disorders.

PHYSICAL ASPECTS: Frankincense frereana improves immune system function,
partially because of its antibiotic properties and partially because it raises the overall
frequency of the body. Frereana’s other therapeutic properties seem to be similar to
carterii. A science journal published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institute of Health reports, “We have demonstrated that Boswellia frereana prevents collagen
degradation, and inhibits the production of pro-inflammatory mediators. Due to its
efficacy, we propose that Boswellia frereana should be examined further as a potential
therapeutic agent for supporting and assisting with inflammatory symptoms of arthritis.”

(This information provided by Butterfly Expressions LLC, 2012)

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or condition. “Le” denotes Butterfly express blend.