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Frankincense Essential Oil (Carterii)

(10 customer reviews)


Name: Frankincense Essential Oil

Species: Boswellia carterii

Part: Resin Tears

Extraction: Steam Distilled

Aroma:  Fresh, spicy and balsamic with a citrus splash


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Name Frankincense Essential Oil (Carterii)
Batch BC202F8
Species Boswellia carterii
Part Resin Tears
Extraction Steam Distilled
Source Somalia
Color Light Yellow
Consistency Thin
Note Base
Aroma Fresh, spicy and balsamic with a citrus splash
Blend Ideas Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cilantro, Cinnamon Bark, Cinnamon Leaf, Clary SageCypress, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Myrrh, Patchouli, Pine, Rose, Sandalwood, Sweet OrangeVetiver, and Ylang Ylang

We source only pure essential oils.

This particular frankincense essential oil is a special distillation that we are lucky to have in our stock.  The resin was collected in Somalia and brought to the United States, where it was distilled into a beautiful essential oil.  We're proud to be able to offer it.

There have been arguments over the years about the many frankincense plants and the oils produced.  At the time Tisserand and Young wrote the section on these, the general consensus was that Boswellia carterii and Boswellia Sacra are the same plant.  Recently, Dr. Pappas wrote a very informative piece on the varieties of frankincense, which can be seen on his Essential Oil University Facebook page. Since Tisserand and Young have listed the two names as synonyms, we originally bowed to their expertise in the field and listed this oil as both.  However, according to Dr. Pappas, it's α-pinene content of 49.78% falls in the carterii range.  Due to this, we've chosen to simply classify it as carterii.

When I started using oils, I was told "When in doubt, use frankincense."  I've learned a ton since those days, but frankincense is still a love of mine.  It can help to center moods, and give balance. It can be used along with other protective oils when an immunity boost is needed.  It is great for respiratory support and in skin care.  Love how your complexion glows using frankincense essential oil.  Frankincense, geranium, and helichrysum work together well and help minimize the appearance of wrinkles.

Frankincense may not be the oil for everything . . . but it's high on that list!

With our pre-diluted oils . . . if diluted for kids is the highest dilution you see, it’s also the max dilution possible. Pre-diluted oils are in fractionated coconut oil.

10 reviews for Frankincense Essential Oil (Carterii)

  1. Jennifer (verified owner)

    This is the only Frankincense I buy. Excellent quality and affordable!

  2. Michele (verified owner)

    Excellent product especially for such a great price. Thank you for selling quality products! I do look forward to trying others.💜

  3. Kelly Evans (verified owner)

    Smells great and it’s wonderful for my face potion. My skin keeps looking better and better.

  4. Stephanie Wolfram (verified owner)

    I absolutely love this oil. All of the oils are excellent quality. I use it for pain and headache relief and it has been very helpful!

  5. bethanyp056 (verified owner)

    This Frankincense has such a nice scent! I’ve been diffusing it with rosalina to help with sinus congestion. DeRu oils are of incredible quality and very reasonably priced.

  6. Tadpole781 (verified owner)

    Fantastic Frankincense Oil. My favorite for diffusing. Just the aroma is calming yet uplifting. Anytime I’m feeling down or over-run and unsure what oil to use, I reach for Frank Cart. Works like a charm every time!

  7. belle1 (verified owner)

    I use this oil in a skin care blend that my mom uses for inflammation. It is wonder! Best price on the market that I have found and as all DeRue products are it’s a very pure oil. We love it!

  8. shellyburkern (verified owner)

    I used frankincense & myrrh in a blend to give for Christmas gifts & so have been trying different types & brands of frankincense. I was excited to see a FREE bottle offered as one of the Christmas promotions, and this brand is my favorite! It’s fresh, spicy, and a little bit musky, & I can feel my spirits lift even when I smell it straight from the bottle. I’m looking forward to using it in skin care products also, for my “mature” skin.

  9. Holly (verified owner)

    First one I used when I received my order from TO. It smells wonderful and I’ll definitely purchase again in the future.

  10. Elizabeth (verified owner)

    I LOVE this Frankincense! It has a sweet resinous top note before I smell the citrus and absolutely no bitter after scent left behind. Simply my favorite. 100% purity & 100% scent quality!

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Frankincense Essential Oil Safety Info

Tisserand and Young note that frankincense essential oil’s high content of α-pinene, ( )-limonene and/or δ-3-carene indicate that it should be stored in a dark, airtight container in a refrigerator to prevent oxidation and that oxidized oil may cause sensitivity. They also recommend that an antioxidant be added to preparations containing this oil.  Frankincense essential oil should still follow the safety guidelines below. ~ Source:  Tisserand, Robert and Young, Rodney. Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals: Churchill Livingstone; 2 edition (2013). Reading the full profile for Frankincense essential oil is highly suggested by your DeRu Staff.

While we’ve made this clear that we are selling this essential oil to use in your diffuser, your inhaler, or topically (diluted), it is a pure essential oil and can be used as such.  With all essential oils:

  • Never use them undiluted, in eyes or mucus membranes (this includes mouth, ear canals, noses, genital regions as well as internal areas).  The strength of essential oils can easily damage these soft tissue areas.
  • Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner.
    Keep away from children.
  • If applying an essential oil to your skin always perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body (after you have properly diluted the oil in an appropriate carrier).

  • Oral Safety is only given because many people have been told to take oils internally.  Because several people look to us for safety advice, we feel obligated to offer those safety statements, although we do not believe anyone should be ingesting essential oils without being guided by an expert.  Experts will take your medical history into account before they suggest oils for you to ingest, diffuse, or use topically.

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    Information provided has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

    The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions listed for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion.

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