The oldest known Frankincense oil (and most likely the Frankincense mentioned in the Bible), this is the traditional Frankincense used in Ayurvedic medicine. There is little information available about the uses of this lovely oil. Powdered extracts of the resin are being used as anti-inflammatories…whether the EO will prove useful in this manner remains to be seen. It is very different from the more available Boswellia carterii in both effects and in aroma. Lighter, much more of a middle or heart note than a base note. A complex aroma, initially a bit sharp but with a lovely dry down in a scent blend. I see it as a glorious heart note bridging the lighter florals and/or citrus notes to a deep anchoring scent.
Safety: No known contraindications. Avoid oxidation.
SHELF LIFE: Approximately 2 to 3 years after you open the bottle. Storing in the dark, refrigerated, and decanting half full bottles into smaller, full bottles will extend shelf life.
See the GC/MS Analysis here.
Image courtesy of Steven Foster.