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  Frankincense Serrata (Indian Frankincense) Infused Oil
Boswellia serrata, traditionally infused in Fractionated Coconut Oil.

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Indian Frankincense, Boswellia serrata, is highest in boswellic acid of all the Frankincense varieties. We have all read the promising research on boswellic acid, but it does not occur in the distilled oil or even the CO2 extract. It does, however, release its bounty into an oil infusion. That is why we commissioned this treasure, without even a sample. Having experienced it, however... we don’t even CARE about the boswellic acid content.

I am in love!

The artist who infuses it describes it thus: “Boswellia Serrata in fractionated coconut oil, by far my favorite infusion, very fragrant, due probably to a higher oleoresin percentage compared to the other franks. This one lacks any citrusy, floral notes ... more black pepper/cypress notes in it, and some ‘animalic’ notes too.”

I love this serrata infusion...it does NOT leap off my wrist and say “FRANKINCENSE” ... it is lovely and soft and welcoming... and if I didn’t *know* what it was, I wouldn’t know what it was.

~She would do a lovely slow dance with a bit of Bulgarian Rose...

~She would laugh and play with a sweet citrus...

~She would kneel in prayer with a touch of Sandalwood...

Oh, she is a beauty! (I keep saying “she”... not sure why this oil has declared itself as female, but there you are.)

So, shall we talk about uses for this lovely infusion?

Frankincense serrata has been used in Ayurvedic practice for thousands of years. It is indispensable for grounding both mind and body, helping to unite the whole. Ayurvedic Herbology/Aromatherapy practitioner Vishnu Dass says: “Frankincense pacifies vata dosha, thus calming and replenishing the mind and nervous system, and easing anxiety and restlessness. Its revitalizing and uplifting action helps to clear excess kapha, thereby countering exhaustion, mental fatigue, and depression.” [1]

Consider anointing yourself prior to meditation with a drop or two of the infusion; subtle energy practitioners Keim and Bull say to “put a drop of the blend onto your fingertip and gently touch the area in need with your positive intention. If it is not possible to touch the skin, simply hold your fingertip above the area, in the energy field, from three to six inches from the body”.[2] Sheer bliss!

This lovely infused oil is going to be perhaps the most versatile perfume base I have ever encountered. Imagine pairing a base of the infusion with a drop of sparkling white grapefruit to rejuvenate and energize the spirit….or with a whiff of patchouli and sandalwood for calming and grounding...or to “center” your energy, a soothing co-mingling of the infusion with lavender and fir. *Swoon* And then, of course, there’s Rose. Dark mysterious Rose Otto? Sparkling sunshiney Rose Maroc? Oh yes.

Now, this doesn’t mean that this lovely Serrata infusion does not have a list of therapeutic benefits. It does!

Since we got our first samples of the infused resins, I have been applying a drop once a day to some spots. Maybe they are age spots? Maybe they are the dreaded “precancerous lesions”... I don’t know. They’ve been here a couple of years, they are a bit crusty, and brownish. (More than you wanted to know!) Since I have started applying the Serrata infusion, they are fading, much paler in color than a week ago. So, we shall see. (But while I am applying it... I am loving the aroma. *Smiling*)

In Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine, frankincense serrata has long been used as a treatment for physical ailments including rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, diabetes, and regulating the female hormonal system, among others.[3] Can you use the infusion for these concerns? We are not allowed to say; but if you wish to use the infused frankincense serrata as a body rub to soothe sore areas, we suggest diluting it further with either St. John’s Wort infused, to raise the anti-inflammatory properties of the Serrata even higher,  Arnica infused oil for easing physical trauma, bruising etc., or any carrier oil of your choice. We are looking forward to hearing how our friends are using it.

I hope you love this magnificent infusion as much as we do! Enjoy!

Sources:

1. Dass,V. Frankincense in Ayurveda and Aromatherapy.https://vishnudass.wordpress.com/2010/03/28/frankincense-ayurveda-aromatherapy/, 3/28/2010.

2. Keim J and Bull R. Aromatherapy and Subtle Energy Techniques. CreateSpace, 2015.

3. Frankincense (Ru Xiang) https://tcmwiki.com/wiki/ru-xiang



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