Essential oils at a glance


Frankincense - Boswellia carterii – image

“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


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For the best effects, it is advisable to buy pure essential oils. Products containing synthetic ingredients will not provide the same degree of benefit.

A word of caution about essential oils: The essential oils supplied with Aroma4U products are 100% pure and natural, but even natural products can have side effects if not used properly, and some degree of care is needed when handling them. Pure undiluted essential oils should not (in general) be used directly on the skin. Do not take essential oils internally. Essential oils should be kept away from children, pets and the eyes. Essential oils are also very volatile and, therefore flammable – keep them away from naked flames. Aromatherapy products are never to be used in place of medical treatment. If you are pregnant, epileptic, suffering from high blood pressure or already taking medication consult your medical practitioner or a qualified aromatherapist.

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Last updated: 01 January 2016

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