"And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh." Mathew 2:11
Did you know that frankincense is mentioned in the Bible over 50 times? It was was historically used as a holy anointing oil during religious ceremonies and can be traced back more than 5000 years. The gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh given to Baby Jesus by the Wise Men, were gifts traditionally given to Kings.
Frankincense comes from the Boswellia tree found in Oman. The tree naturally produces sap (or resin) as a way of healing itself when it is scored. The Boswellia Sacra tree (where Sacred Frankincense essential oil comes from) is especially unusual in the fact that it has the ability to grow in very unforgiving environments. It has even been known to grow out of solid rock. Young Living's distillery in Oman practices careful harvestation and rotation to protect these amazing trees from over use.
Young Living offers two different types of Frankincense essential oil: Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) and Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra).
Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) essential oil supports and maintains the appearance of healthy-looking skin, and has a grounding, uplifting, and inspiring aroma. Apply this oil topically to enhance meditation. Sacred Frankincense includes the naturally occurring constituents alpha-pinene, limonene, and boswellic acid, and it is an important ingredient in the Freedom Sleep™ and Freedom Release™ Collections, Common Sense™, RutaVaLa™, and Progessence™ Plus essential oils, and ART® Sheerlumé Brightening Cream.
For more information on Sacred Frankincense, check out this blog post from Young Living: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/the-true-legendary-omani-frankincense-boswellia-sacra/
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) includes the naturally occurring constituent boswellic acid, and has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma. Diffuse Frankincense during meditation for grounding and purpose. Applying this oil topically may help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin, and is excellent to use for massage after activity.
Here's another great blog post to check out on the differences between the 2 types of frankincense: