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Boswellia rivae, also known as Ogaden frankincense, is a fine wild-harvested frankincense oil from Ethiopia. Of the principal frankincense essential oils, it is considered one of the finer varieties for perfuming purposes.
Bottle Size: 1/2 oz (15 ml)
The essential oil of Boswellia rivae contains more than two hundred molecular compounds, which give it a very complex bouquet and endow it with a rainbow of therapeutic applications. It is derived from oleo gum resins which function as the immune and defense support for the Frankincense tree, and in its essential oil form, passes onto us these same precious properties.
The oil, like all frankincense species, has been used traditionally and in modern times to speed the body's natural healing response. It is immune-enhancing, antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, and antiseptic. In clinical practice, its anti-inflammatory powers make frankincense rivae a useful adjunct treatment of rheumatic and arthritic conditions.
Boswellia oil is also cytophylactic, meaning it encourages healthy growth and regeneration of skin cells. This renders it ideal for treating cuts and other wounds, eczema, boils, acne, scars, stretch marks, skin ulcers, and inflamed skin.
Frankincense is a natural fumigant which has the dual effect of both disinfecting public spaces and elevating the spirit. Frankincense finds use as a mouthwash, and is used for infections of the teeth and gums. Chewing frankincense resin has the secondary benefit of cleansing the digestive system by stimulating bile flow and enzyme secretion.
Frankincense is used cosmetically to improve dry, wrinkled, and aging skin.
Certain of its compounds have been linked to the suppression of tumor growth as well.
Among frankincense's many attributes is its use as a spiritual tool for ritual and prayer or meditation. Used in worship since time immemorial for the way it blends its many healing powers with an intoxicating fragrance, frankincense can properly be said to belong to the family of holy panaceas.
How To Use Frankincense Oil:
Frankincense can be applied topically, as a compress, in the bath, through direct inhalation, or diffuser.
Apply a drop of frankincense to disinfect cuts and wounds and speed healing.
Add a few drops to a warm bath to lessen bronchial and asthma flare-ups and rheumatoid pain.
Diffuse or use steam inhalation for colds and sinus congestion (combine with above recipe for respiratory conditions).
Diffuse meditation blend before and during meditation practice.
Frankincense Rivae Oil Recipes:
A universally known incense with a spicy, balsamic, instantly recognizable odor, the aromatic resin of frankincense has been at the epicenter of ritual practice, medical use and commerce in India, the Arabian peninsula and North Africa since ancient times. This plant has been a true gift to the human community, serving variously not only as medicine but as a source of dyes and cosmetics, along with its use as air-freshener, mosquito repellent, and essential source of livelihood. Its ancient use in ritual and temple offerings across religions, both historic and modern day, attest to its powerful spiritual attributes.
Some species of Frankincense are considered endangered. Boswellia rivae is not considered a threatened aromatic botanical.
Frankincense is an aromatic resin with a long history of use. It has been used for ages for numerous therapeutic benefits, is a universally known incense, and is a source of livelihood for nomadic tribes. Frankincense has always been synonymous with spirituality; like myrrh, it was a prized possession in the ancient world, equal in value to many precious gems and metals. The resin has been a major item of commerce for at least 3,000 years.
Frankincense is harvested by making small incisions in the bark of the aromatic tree, producing a milky white resin that hardens as it dries. The collected resin is separated into grades, and stored in caves to cure before being sold.
The traditions of caretaking frankincense trees and harvesting their resin have played an important role in the life of nomadic desert tribes of North Africa for millennia. The trees are owned by families living in the area where they grow; ancient rituals surround the harvesting of the resin, and guardianship of the trees is passed on from generation to generation. The traditions, customs, and ceremonies surrounding frankincense, like many other important plants, are being lost. As people embrace modern lifestyles, the old ways of caring for the plants vanishes, and the plant's numerous benefits are lost. Frankincense was once a source of many items of commerce, including medicines, dyes, and cosmetics.
Botanically, frankincense trees are an excellent example of the natural diversity that can occur in different species of the same genus, and different varieties of the same species. There has been much confusion about the proper identification of the various types of frankincense, because of differences in species (approximately 25), varieties of individual species, quality of resin, micro-climates, and time of harvesting. Wild frankincense trees have a wide range of characteristics even within the same basic climatic zone.
The essential oil of frankincense contains more than 200 individual natural chemicals, giving the fragrance a very complex bouquet. There is considerable variation in the proportion of these components depending on the micro-climate where the trees grow, the season at which the resin is harvested, and a number of other factors.
Boswellia seedlings are slow growing and are susceptible to livestock grazing before they are able to reach a more mature state. Serrata in particular is becoming endangered and is need of conservation due to extensive farming, overgrazing and poor harvesting practices. Once established, Frankincense trees can live for at least a hundred years. Their flowers are popular with bees, and the long flowering period from October to February is helpful for bee colony maintenance.
Frankincense was included in the gifts presented by the wise men to the infant Christ together with gold and myrrh. It was introduced into church ceremonies at the beginning of Christianity in Europe during the Middle Ages. About 500 tons of frankincense were used by the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches per year. Burning frankincense in churches had hygienic functions as well as spiritual importance. People of the Middle Ages lived in extremely unsanitary conditions, so the fumigation of churches helped reduce contagion through atmospheric purification.
Safety Considerations for Boswellia rivae Essential Oil:
Non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Do not take Frankincense essential oil internally.
Aromatic Profile and Blending of Boswellia rivae Essential Oil:
Perfumery Note: Base to middle
Odor: Rich, deep and resinous, heady, balsamic, woody
Strength of Initial Aroma: Medium to strong
Blends well with: citrus oils such as grapefruit and bergamot; spice oils: basil, black pepper; also neroli, sandalwood, galbanum, geranium
Botanical Name: Boswellia rivae
Composition: 100% Pure Frankincense oil
Method of Extraction: Hydro Distilled
Cultivation/Harvesting: Wild harvest
Plant Part: Gum Resin
Color: Yellow to amber
Bottle Size: 1/2 ounce (15 ml)
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