Frankincense Herbal Resin Infusions
When we infuse these resins in a carrier oil the recommended ratio is 1:8. One ounce of resin to 8 ounces of carrier oil.
Which carrier Oil? If you want to pull out as much of the therapeutic chemicals in the resin, I suggest using fractionated coconut oil because it is a very “light” oil. You can use any other oil that is light also. Sunflower is a light oil for an example.
Frankincense Boswellia carteri is excellent for one’s skin. So to really pull out all its therapeutic properties I like to use Jojoba oil because it is wonderful for your skin so you are getting the best of both worlds.
The combination of resin and oil should be placed in a glass container like a Ball Jar that is heat resistance and quite thick. You may use the whole resin or make a powder from it.
Using the whole resin you just want to infuse it longer for at least 60 days. The powder which absorbs faster into the carrier oil for at least 30 days. I actually like using the whole resin but if you are in a hurry the powder is just fine.
Understand the longer it sits in the carrier oil, the stronger it will get- powder or whole.
You can shorten the length of time a bit by putting the resin and oil in a double boiler for about 30 minutes, then continue with the method above.
It should be covered with a plastic wrap because resin is gummy and sticks to EVERYTHING and if you do not use a plastic wrap before you put the top on, I promise you will never open this jar again.
Place the jar in a cool dry dark place and shake it every few days to mix it all up.
If using the powder method, open it up after 30 days and smell it. If it totally jumps out at you and you smell strong resin, then you can strain it. If not add another couple of weeks.
If using the whole resin open it up after 60 days, if you still do not smell strong resin, then leave it in for a few more weeks.
Remember the longer it sits the stronger it gets.
Once done, strain it in a cheese cloth or Coffee French Press. I like the French press because it takes out any large pieces and leaves the good stuff. Infused resin is normally quite thick so if you use a coffee filter you will be straining for hours and most of it will sit in the filter which is a total waste.
When strained as I said the infusion not only is thick but it is quite strong. When you pour it into another bottle you actually will cut it a bit by adding more carrier oil. For example my bottles are 50mls that I sell. When you purchase a bottle from me and you are using it straight I advise you to put it into another bottle and add half straight carrier oil and half of the infusion. Because it is so strong.
You can also use it mixed with another carrier oil and add an essential oil to it. So my 50ml bottle goes a very long way.
The only time to use it straight, depending on the resin you use, is if it is for an acute problem and not for a long period of time.
I make herbal infusions of almost all the resins I sell. I also given it to you at a very affordable price.
All my resins are top quality so you know you are getting the best and the carrier oils I use are all natural and organic. Try each one out and see which one works better for you. Some of my clients have told me they purchase my infusions first besides getting the resin they are made from, because they do not want to wait 60 days for theirs to be ready. They purchase my infusions so they can use them now until theirs are ready.
They are in my Herbal Infusions category.
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.