Up until this point, my aromatherapy posts have been about citrus oils, or herbal, and all more obviously plant-based. Frankincense, on the other hand, is a resin (derived from a tree, so still plant-based!). Well-known as one of the gifts at Christmas, the name itself means ‘high quality incense’, so it’s not really surprising at how much this just ‘smells like aromatherapy’, if there was one stereotypical scent.
Also known as ‘olibanum’, frankincense has a warm tone, sort of a spicy-earthy mix of lemon and fir. It promotes relaxation, de-stressing, feelings of well-being, and peaceful focus.
Frankincense is also used in skin-care, and is said to rejuvenate the skin as well as offering relief from minor irritations. It can be beneficial for respiratory issues.
- 2 frankincense, 2 orange, 1 geranium
- 3 frankincense, 2 lime, 2 orange, 1 peppermint
- 2 frankincense, 3 orange, 2 cinnamon – autumny spice
- equal parts frankincense and lavender, as used in a yoga nidra relaxation session
- 2 frankincense, 2 bergamot, 2 lemon – cheery and uplifting