Explanation of the Mass that is left over from Distillation of 4 resins that were tested.
Frankincense Species Boswellia papyrifera, Boswellia serrata, Boswellia sacra, Boswellia carterii
dissertation by Michael Paul (A Qualitative and Quantitative
Approach by Chromatographic and Spectroscopic Methodology )
Saarbrücken, Saarland, Germany 2012
Explained to me by Hubert Marceau
(Most of the technical terms and writing in here are Hubert’s words and I had his full permission to use them)
I have recently distilled Frankincense Boswellia Carterri and was left with this beautiful mass as you see below. I wanted to learn what is left in this that can be used besides the essential oil and hydrosol that came out of the distillation.
We know that Boswellic Acid in these 4 resins does not go into the distillation because the molecules in the Ba are too heavy to pass through but what else stays back if any?
I went to Hubert Marceau because he is a known scientist and chemist and knows so much about essential oils for my explanation. It is too long an explanation to put in here so i made a pdf of it that you can download and read.
TThere is an interesting Frankincense essential oil some retail stores are selling. They call it the “wonder” oil, They claim mixing a bunch of different species of resin will make you feel better. Well you see this is a problem because each species has a different therapeutic purpose. It is like mixing Apples and oranges. Boswellia cateri is good for the skin, while Boswellia frereana good for pain, then i saw Boswellia serrata mixed in while it is good for pain it has contradictions if on blood thinners or taking heart medicine. Boswellia papyrifera is for meditation and calming, and is some can create hallucinations.
This is a terrible mix And mostly a marketing tool. How many drops of each do you know is it in the bottle? These companies are not going to tell you that part. So you have no idea exactly what you’re getting. And you are mixing pain, Something for the skin and then anxiety and calming oils together. This to me does not work.
As an aromatherapist, I mix blends together but it is done for a purpose. So let’s say you have an anxiety problem. We would take a few plant oils And put them together that is solely for anxiety. I might mix Boswellia neglecta which is excellent for stress, calming and anxiety and mix it it with sweet orange, and maybe one more like petitgrain. for pain, i would do Boswellia frereana or sacra and mix it with balsam copaiba or plai For skin conditions i would mix Boswellia cateri with carrots seed oil or manuka oil. All these oils go together they for a specific reason, Also because I am in aromatherapist I know how much of each oil I would put in a bottle especially if I’m using it for myself or a client. Mostly I would use them totally separately by themselves. Boswellia carteri Is wonderful or any type of skin condition, Boswellia frereana and sacra Is wonderful for pain and Boswellia neglecta for calming, stress and anxiety. You really do not have to mix them with anything else they can be use solely by themselves also.
The other problem is what works for one might not work for another. So it is way better to try one first before you go to another. Having them all mixed together you have no clue what is working for you. So please do not get caught up into marketing tools that say that this product is the all all. There were too many in the mix to do anything for a specific reason other than maybe smell nice. I sell the 3 you see in this picture. At least you know you’re getting the benefit of each oil. And if you are not sure which one to get, I am selling them in one mill bottles for you to try to see which one works.