I originally made this oil as a cough/cold and decongestant chest rub, but experience has taught me it has other unexpected, and powerful effects on our bodies and minds.
Though Frankincense Neglecta oil does work as a decongestant when rubbed on the chest, it has shown consistent and striking results for me and customers when used to address the symptoms of anxiety, panic, heaviness and tightness of the chest due to stress. All this through external application of the oil.
Like the Frankincense Sacra/Carterii we are accustomed to, Frankincense Neglecta from Ethiopia and Kenya is traditionally used as incense, medicine and a source of fragrant essential oil for perfume and aromatherapy.
In common with the rest of the Frankincense family, Frankincense, or Boswellia Neglecta is ruled by the Sun and has a strong affinity with the heart and chest, physically, emotionally and on an energetic level. Like the Sun, all types of frankincense are warming, anti-inflammatory, expand and brighten the perspective, and promote heightened feelings of spirituality and wellbeing.
From an aromatic point of view, Boswellia Neglecta has the warm, sweet notes of Frankincense, and the uplifting freshness of sweet Balsam Fir trees.
As the other Frankincense types, it helps calm the mind and is conducive to meditation, clarity of thought and spiritual pursuits. After 2 years of using an oil extract of this oleoresin and sharing it with friends and customers, I can say it consistently reduces my feelings of anxiety and panic, eases my breath, lifting feelings of tightness and heaviness of the chest from stress.
I find it helps promote a feeling of calm, to mind, body and heart, and supports a deep and restful sleep.
All these effects are experienced through rubbing this oil on the chest. A good half minute spent in this type of self-massage seems most effective. Whether this is due in part to performing a conscious act of self-care, or because the rubbing motion stimulates blood flow and carries the active phytochemicals more quickly through the body, or both, I can’t say. What I can say with certainty is that it works for me and many who have tried it so far.
I hypothesize the effect is caused by the action of Incensole and Incensole acetate carried through the bloodstream and crossing the blood-brain barrier. Research to date on the chemical composition of Boswellia Neglecta is conflicted. Some studies show it has little Incensole content, other studies show it has a very high content of these compounds.
This extract/infusion is produced using Fractionated Coconut oil and Frankincense neglecta collected by the women of the Samburu tribe in Northern Kenya. No colour, fragrance or preservatives are added.
It is an “Astrodynamic” preparation, processed in accordance with traditions and tenets of medical astrology and plant alchemy.
I believe that each herb, if properly processed, should be expected to perform and excel on its own.
This is an extract of the whole oleoresin and not only the essential oil. The resin portion of the sap contains its own set of therapeutic phytochemicals which are lost in the distillation process, and work in tandem with the essential oils.
If you would like to make your own extract of Frankincense Neglecta at home, you will find a simple and easy recipe on my blog at http://apothecarysgarden.com/2013/10/09/frankincense-oil-cough-cold-chest-rub-recipe/
You will also find a supply of fresh, fairtrade, co-op harvested Frankincense Neglecta for sale in this store.
Whether you make your own or buy my special preparation, I believe Frankincense Neglecta extract is something many of us in the western world could benefit from.