The resin of the Boswellia tree, frankincense is known for its deep, woody aroma. Found originally in Somalia, true frankincense is precious, as the trees only begin to produce the resin at 8 to 10 years old and are tapped only two to three times per year. Frankincense is used for its benefits to the skin, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, and its benefits for the mind, being rich in terpenes that help to calm thoughts and decrease cortisol levels in the body.
Frankincense oil’s calming properties make it an ideal ingredient for many essential oil blends that support health and wellbeing. At anatomē, we use frankincense in many of our sleep oils, and in our Somali frankincense sleep candle, as its soothing qualities contribute towards a restful night’s sleep.
Confidence and self-expression can also be aided by frankincense, as it helps to calm nerves, relieve anxiety, and allow for more genuine and assured interactions, which is why we include it in our Expression + Confidence essential oil blend.
For the skin, frankincense oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties and works to sooth breakouts and treat damaged skin. It’s also believed to aid cellular function, meaning it helps to smooth wrinkles and control pores. We use frankincense oil in our Organic Ultra Hydrating Face Moisturiser.