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Frankincense essential oil is one of the most popular essential oils to date. In fact, its multiple actions and its strong reputation for supporting wellness has earned it the nickname of the “King of Essential Oils.”

Yet, you’ve probably noticed that there are various types of frankincense essential oil. To confuse the consumer even more, many suppliers tout their version is best.

So, how do you decide which one is right for you?

In this episode of the Essential Oil Revolution, we will explore some of the most popular frankincense (Boswellia) oils on the market. We will also discuss some basic actions and research about frankincense oil. This includes taking on the boswellic acid (BA) controversy! (Yup, we go there.)

I previously did a whole series on decoding “Boswellia bewilderment” and the links to all those articles, and additional resources I highlight during this episode, will be at the end of this post.

Listen in here and get an overview of what is covered below.

What You Will Discover About the Different Frankincense Oils

Here’s an overview of what is discussed about Boswellia essential oils:

  • The aromatic and spiritual properties associated with frankincense oil (2 min)
  • The different frankincense species within their “Plant Family” (5 min)
  • What causes variations in the constituents of frankincense species and why trusting your suppliers is important (6 min)
  • The different types of frankincense species and their common countries of origin (7 min)
  • The main compound that differentiates Boswellia sacra (B. sacra) from B. carterii (9 min)
  • The wide-ranging benefits of B. serrata and B. frereana (12 min)
  • How to choose which frankincense species may be best for you (13 min)
  • Boswellic acids, are they in frankincense oils? (14 min)
  • The sustainability of frankincense oil (19 min)
  • The importance of varying our essential oils based on our body’s changing needs and other factors (20 min)
  • The bottom line on using frankincense essential oils (21 min)
  • Additional resources (22 min)

Be sure to access the full episode and show notes here.


A Summary of the Top Four Species of Frankincense Oils

As a bonus for visiting my homepage, below is a summary of the takeaways on the four species of frankincense oils highlighted during the show.

  • Boswellia sacra and B. carterii are both high in pinene content, aka phytoncides. These compounds provide stress-relieving and wellness-boosting benefits.
  • Boswellia frereana, another popular frankincense oil species, is higher in terpene content. Boswellia serrata is higher in monoterpenes. Monoterpenes and terpenes have various biological and biochemical functions in the body that are multidimensional and assist overall body-mind support.
  • Boswellia carterii, depending on the company’s distillation practices, this species of frankincense may possess the additional neurological, brain supportive compound incensole.

The bottom line on choosing a frankincense oil: I always say, “a good quality frankincense oil is better than no frankincense oil at all.” You may want to try different species and find what works best with your individual biochemistry.

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Disclaimer: This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)

This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.

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