Pure Boswellia Rivae resin extract is powdered for ease of use. Devoid of water-soluble gum for herbalists, apothecaries, medicine and cosmetics makers.
Likely my favourite Frankincense type, Boswellia Rivae has a haunting, rich fragrance with a soft candy-like sweetness reminiscent of its distant cousin Palo Santo, (Bursera Graveolens). With a deep amber heart and a light, sweet spiciness. The resin extract adds a wonderful fragrance to cremes salves and medicated oil and releases a lovely rich fragrance as solo incense material in incense blends.
In its natural form as an oleo-gum-resin, most Frankincense types will not blend homogeneously with oils and waxes.
However, when all water-soluble gum is removed, they dissolve easily in warm vegetable oils and waxes, becoming a perfect base for making Frankincense oils, salves and cremes.
Separated of its gum using water and no harsh solvents, this is a pure resin composed mainly of pentacyclic and tetracyclic triterpenes, including the alpha and beta Boswellic acids.
These triterpenes along with other valuable compounds, are not naturally found in the essential oils of Frankincense or the water-soluble gum portion. Too heavy to come over in hydro or steam distillation, they are exclusively found in the resin.
The resin extract of Frankincense Rivae dissolves easily in the water bath with vegetable oils, waxes, and alcohol. This quality makes it perfect for use in medicated oils, salves, suppositories, cremes and liniments.
The Boswellic acids, including Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), are considered the active compounds found in some types of Frankincense. In laboratory studies the Boswellic acids exhibit anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer activity. Many studies were performed and can be readily found online.
Frankincense has been used in Ayurvedic, Unani, and Traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds if not thousands of years. In Ayurveda, it is traditionally used to treat arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, respiratory and gastrointestinal irritations and inflammations. It is also a popular ingredient in beauty and skin care products often added to formulas for mature skin. In Islamic/Unani tradition, it is thought to improve brain function, memory and is used to address issues of fertility and libido.
This extract makes a clean-burning fragrant incense material that can be used alone or mixed with other aromatics. Devoid of water-soluble gum, it melts completely and burns cleanly with no charring.
As a medicated oil, it can be blended at a 1:3 to 1:5 ratio which yields approximately 3-5 ounces of medicated oil from a one-ounce package.
It has a beautiful texture in salves and cremes, feels lovely on the skin, and has the fragrance profile of the fresh resin. (Though not as intense).
This pure resin can be used in moustache waxes and beard balms to add firmness, tenacity (fragrance), and the effects of a day-long perm. For more information, see my recipe.-https://apothecarysgarden.com/2014/06/25/a-moustache-wax-recipe-with-frankincense-resin/
For more recipes and instructions on using the different kinds of Frankincense for medicine, incense, cosmetics and perfume please drop by my blog-http://apothecarysgarden.com or http://fairtradefrankincense.com.
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