Infusing the whole resin
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to infuse resins. This herb infusion can be used for any recipe that requires a carrier, such as lotions, salves, or aromatherapy blends.
¨ 1 oz. resin
¨ 8 oz. carrier oil
¨ 16 oz. Pyrex measuring cup with handle (as pictured)
¨ large pot
¨ mortar and pestle or coffee grinder (if you want to turn it into Powder instead of using whole resin)
-If you want to do powder than put the resin in a plastic bag in the freezer 24 hours prior to grinding it.
¨ cheese cloth or French coffee press
¨ scale with measurements in ounces and grams
¨ small measuring cup
¨ 12 oz. Ball jars with covers
First you will need a carrier oil. Some of the best carrier oils are jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil, or sunflower oil. If you do not have one of these, you could substitute any oil that contains fatty acids except olive oil, which can turn rancid in the sun. My personal favorites are jojoba oil and fractionated coconut oil. I find the resins mix really well in these two oils, but you can use any oil as stated above.
Step 1—Decide which resin you want to experience first.
Step 2—Use the scale to measure out 1 ounce of resin.
Note: Make sure the scale measures in grams and ounces.
Step 3—Place 1 ounce of the resin and 8 ounces of carrier oil in a 12 ounce glass sterile Ball jar.
Note: A Ball jar can stand heat and will not break when it sits in boiling water.
Step 4—Cover the jar with plastic wrap.
Note: The plastic wrap is necessary because the resin is very sticky. Without the plastic wrap, you are never going to be able to open the jar. I know, because I made that mistake and found there was no way to get the jar open without breaking the glass.
Step 5—Put the lid on the jar over the plastic wrap.
Step 6—Place the closed jar in the sun for a full 12 hours.
Note: Place the jar outside if it is warm, or by a window where the sun is streaming in.
Step 7—After 12 hours, put the jar in a cool dry place.
Step 8—Shake it every day.
Step 9—The jar has to sit for a total of 60 days.
Step 10—On the 15th day of the month, or preferably when the moon is full, place the jar in the moonlight for 12 full hours, from dusk to dawn, to collect the energy and the light of the moon. This is not necessary, it just gives it a more mystical touch.
Step 11—For the remainder of the 60 days, let the jar rest in a cool, dry, dark place. After 30 days open the jar and smell it. If you do not smell a strong scent from the resin it definitely needs more time. I find 60 days is better than 30 days. The longer it infuses the stronger it gets.
Step 12—After 60 days, strain the contents of the jar through a French coffee press or a coffee filter.
Note: I like using a French coffee press as you see in the picture because I do not want the oil strained too fine. I like it a little thicker. . As long as the jar did not get any moisture in it– should stay for at least a year in a cool dark place.
Step 13—Pour the remaining liquid into the other Ball jar and close it.
Note: Put plastic wrap or wax paper in between the lid and the jar, to make a tight seal. Save the sediment in a small jar. Add a little bit of oil to keep the resin in the sediment from getting too hard and sticky. You can use the sediment in body scrubs and soaps.
Scoop the sediments and put them in a small glass or plastic pet jar with a lid but put a little bit of the carrier oil in the jar so the resin does not dry out.
This is how the jar should be covered
These are the sediments left over. You can save them for making sugar scrubs or soap
Frankincense and Cancer
There are so many theories out there that Frankincense Essential Oil can cure cancer. So many companies are alluding to this fact. There is a problem about all this.
There are 18 species of Boswellia Frankincense Trees to date and each one has totally different therapeutic properties. The resin from these trees is what is distilled to make the essential oil. The essential oil has some very good chemical properties in it but what is being researched and experimented on is the Boswellic Acid that is inside the resin itself. The majority of the percentage of Boswellic Acid is in the aftermass that is leftover after the resin is distilled. It does not come through the distillation because it is too heavy a molecule so it is not in the Essential Oil at all.
Boswellic acid is made up of pentacycle triterpene molecules. These molecules are very anti-inflammatory. There is some evidence that some of these Frankincense resins can shrink cancer cells but there are no long term studies yet on humans that show it completely shrinks and destroys the cells nor if they grow back. If you try using the resin there is no guarantee of anything, you are basically doing this at your own risk. We suggest always check with a doctor first before doing anything.
I have included links that you can check out yourself that explains all that I am telling you.
Tisserand Institute has a great article about this
This one is on Boswellic Acid
Boswellic Acid. (n.d.). In Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from February 24, 2019
This is another interesting one.
Schmiech, M., Lang, S., Werner, K., Rashan, L., Syrovets, T., & Simmet, T. (2019). Comparative Analysis of Pentacyclic Triterpenic Acid Compositions in Oleogum Resins of Different Boswellia Species and Their In Vitro Cytotoxicity against Treatment-Resistant Human Breast Cancer Cells. Molecules, 24(11), 2153. Retrieved April 5, 2019
Robin B. Kessler, CCA
I am a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist who specializes in Seniors and Hospice. My passion is also these resins and support those who keep the sustainability of the all plants.