“Good for exhaustion, panic attacks, anxiety,
nervous tension and other stress-related disorders”
Latin name: Boswellia carterii
Description of plant: A small tree/shrub native to north-east Africa and the Red Sea region. It produces an oleo gum resin, which is collected by making incisions into the bark. The substance is at first fluid and milky-white,
solidifying into pea-sized amber ‘tears’. Although the raw material is mainly produced in Somalia and Ethiopia, most of the oil is distilled in Europe
Nature of oil: A colourless to pale yellow liquid. The fragrance is warm and balsamic with a hint of lemon and camphor. The aroma improves as the oil ages.
The odour effect is warming, head clearing and calming. A popular oil for use during meditation
Method of oil extraction: Steam distillation of the ‘tears’
Nature of oil: Colourless with a strong camphoraceous aroma that is head-clearing, stimulating and cooling
Blends well with: Citrus oils, spice oils, basil, cedarwood, cypress, juniper berry, lavender, neroli, patchouli, rose, sandalwood, vetiver
Specific precautions required: Avoid during the first trimester of pregnancy
Stress-relieving properties include: Good for exhaustion, panic attacks, anxiety, nervous tension and other stress-related disorders; calms the mind; provides inspiration and emotional stability
Medical properties include: Skin care (particularly ageing skin), acne, abscesses, scars, wounds, respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, coughs, catarrh, cystitis, painful menstruation, premenstrual tension
- Wildwood C. Aromatherapy. Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 1996.