BHBL enewsletter 2021.11 – A timeless tale of Frankincense (電子月刊英文版)

Where it all began

Our story begins with the Boswellia tree. Whether you’re walking among the limestone cliffs of Oman or the rocky plains of Somalia, you’re sure to come across a frankincense-giving tree. Sacred Frankincense essential oil is derived from the sap of the Boswellia sacra in Oman, and Frankincense essential oil comes from the Boswellia carterii in Somalia—both trees spindly, ethereal, and wild in their own right.

There are many varieties of frankincense that grow in different areas. Most of the frankincense that is sold in the world today is known as boswellia frereana. Boswellia frereana smells quite similar to the other varieties but it contains no boswellic acid. 

Boswellic acid is the component that has been shown to be effective against many major ailments.

Frankincense from quality oil company is known as boswellia carteri and contains a significant amount of boswellic acid. Where Omani Frankincense, the world over as the rarest, most sought-after aromatic in existence, was the first to be supplied to those outside of Saudi royals or the privileged of Oman, after the company’s 15 years of research, 15 trips to Oman, and numerous meetings and negotiations with Omani officials

Founder of this oil company was granted the first export permit in the modern history of Oman for the release and export of the oil and permission to build distillery in the country and to export the resulting essential oil out of Oman. The founder was on-Site to supervise the building of the Omani distillery, and this company has contracted with local harvesters to secure our supply of Omani resin. This marks the first time any Westerners have been able to experience the unique spiritual properties of Sacred Frankincense essential oil. Boswellia Sacra has double the amount of boswellic acid as boswellia carteri. Therefore, its benefits may be amplified with Sacred Frankincense.

Omani Frankincense is highly regarded as the Frankincense of the ancients and the traditional spiritual oil of biblical times. Historically, it is believed that this beautiful, white hojari resin produced the Frankincense that was taken to the Christ Child nearly 2,000 years ago. Science continues to document the oil’s immense healing properties; which users of this oil already know. 

Both Frankincense and Sacred Frankincense have amazing anti-inflammatory properties, anti-aging effects, and positive effects on eyesight and skin.

The Boswellia tree can grow with little to no soil, blooms with white or pale rose-colored flowers, and has bark that feels like the pages of a storybook. These trees adapt to thrive on steep slopes and ravines where they produce enough gum resin for harvesting.

From roots to riches

Like all good things, the creation of gum resin takes time. Once the bark has been gently cut back to let the sap exude and harden (a two- to three-month process), the sap is harvested and ready for steam distillation. Today we treasure the essential oil that is produced from the resin, but in ancient times, the resin was given as a gift and burned to purify the air. It’s no wonder the name is a derivative of the French words franc encens, meaning “high-quality incense.”

More valuable than gold

As word traveled, frankincense became known for its adaptability and powerhouse properties. The true tales of the power of frankincense spread so far and wide that legend says that planting the Boswellia tree could ensure protection from dragons. While dragons are a thing of fairytales, it’s no fable to say that frankincense was considered more valuable than gold.

A gift for all

It’s not true that all good things come to an end. It has been thousands of years, but frankincense is still a household name. Why? Because of the skin-supporting, peace-promoting, meditation-motivating essential oil that’s derived from the ancient resin. A small but mighty duo, Frankincense and Sacred Frankincense essential oils have passed through history and time to become a staple in your home.



In traditional Chinese medicine, both myrrh oil and frankincense oil are used for the treatment of blood stagnation and inflammation diseases, as well as for the relief of swelling and pain. To use frankincense oil for arthritic pain, mix a few drops in a carrier oil, such as almond massage oil and rub it daily on the joints that are affected.


1) In a study of the technique of using Traditional Chinese Medicine by prescribing a combination of myrrh and frankincense oils, researchers found that cancer cells died when treated with frankincense and myrrh oils. In this study myrrh had a better anticancer effect on the cancerous cells than the frankincense oil did but the combination of the two may provide other health benefits.

2) Research has shown that frankincense oil can help against pancreatic, breast, liver, lung and cervical cancers. Unfortunately, this type of research often shows the effect of essential oils applied directly to the cancerous cells in a petri dish in a laboratory, not in a human study on a patient who has cancer.

3) If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, speak to an oncologist about using holistic healing options that include essential oils as part of a well-rounded therapy.


1) Using essential oils for healing is inexpensive compared with the copays and medical costs of a doctor’s visit.

2) Frankincense essential oil works to instantly relieve migraine pain for some sufferers when rubbed on the temples, the back of the neck and when a drop is applied to the pad of the thumb and then pressed into the roof of the mouth.


1) The pleasing and therapeutic aroma of frankincense oil can be enjoyed in an aromatherapy massage, as incense or in a diffuser, in a bath or as a perfume oil.

2) In a study of a blended oil containing bergamot, lavender, and frankincense that was massaged onto the hands of cancer patients who had anxiety and depression, those who received the aromatherapy massage had less anxiety, pain, and depression

3) The International Journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology and Neurological Diseases says that burning frankincense creates smoke which produces a psychoactive substance called trahydrocannabinole, which helps to expand consciousness. Burning frankincense in an incense burner may not only help anxiety and depression, but may be a way to reach higher meditative states.


Researchers studying the immune boosting powers of frankincense oil in the body found that it exhibited a strong immunostimulant activity. This information could be helpful to activate the body’s immune response to fight off diseases.


Use a drop of frankincense essential oil to rub on the palm of your hand, half-arched your hands to cup over your eyes to let the essential oil evaporate, be careful not to let the essential oil get in touch with your eyes. You will feel a significant improvement on your eye health.  


Add 1-2 drops to your daily application of organic lotion can support your glowing skin and help skin stay smooth!

* Frankincense oil can be directly applied to your skin but most often it is mixed with a carrier oil.

* Please consult with your health professional to make sure that using frankincense essential oil will not interfere with any medications or cause harmful side effects.

Reference: Essential Oils Pocket Reference; Francis Fuller &

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