Frankincense Revisited

0 March 5, 2010 - Archive

In response to my recent post, Frankincense Making Headlines, one reader posed the following question:

“We have always been told that Boswellia carteri was the only true therapeutic variety of frankincense oil. This article references another species as being of the highest quality and implies that it is the one with therapeutic value. Can you elaborate on that for us?”

Thanks for your question, Evangeline! Frankincense Essential Oil is one of my favorite oils; I am fascinated by the attention Western science is giving this precious gift, and I think it would be valuable to share this discussion with everyone.

Much has been taught and discussed by Gary about frankincense over the years. He is continually learning new things, both about the history and the chemistry of frankincense. Gary and the Young Living scientists are continually running new tests on various frankincense species. He is learning there are various benefits depending on the type of species used and will share much of his findings at 2010 International Grand Convention.

Scientific analysis on frankincense is only part of the work Gary is doing. He is personally traveling countries like Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and elsewhere to discover the heritage of this ancient oil. (Even I as write, Gary is in the Middle East.) In fact, Gary recently built a Young Living distillery in one of these countries. Having a Young Living distillery in the Middle East guarantees no shortcuts are being taken on the quality of the frankincense resin received through the distilling process. In fact, Gary even hand picked the specific frankincense trees to source from!

No other company in the world can claim to be so intimately involved in their frankincense product. It’s true, using the right frankincense species for your needs is important. What’s more important is the confidence and the credibility you have when using and sharing Young Living frankincense. From “Seed to Seal,” you know that Young Living’s expertise begins at the source and extends to the final product.

Join us at International Grand Convention in June to learn more about Gary’s incredible frankincense research and discoveries!

—Toby Palmer

Product Manager, Essential Oils



  • wayne Farrar April 6, 2017 - 2:37 am Reply

    using the frankincense as it is received what part is useable the yellow resin or the milky water left behind after boiling the frankincense in water I have read the yellow resin you have after the boil is used mixed with olive or grape seed oil the resin when still hot is like gum but hardens after cooling at first it is gummy then it’s like taffie and at room temps it is very brittle easy to powder t then mix with a carrier oil
    its called a oleo resin anything you can tell me would be helpfull

    • Young Living April 6, 2017 - 2:35 pm Reply

      Hi Wayne, Thank for stopping by. We apologize as we have not tested or performed the mentioned boiling of the Frankincense, we are not able to comment on this specific way to use Frankincense. Have a great day!

    • Young Living April 6, 2017 - 2:35 pm Reply

      Hi Wayne, Thank for stopping by. We apologize as we have not tested or performed the mentioned boiling of the Frankincense, we are not able to comment on this specific way to use Frankincense. Have a great day!

    • Young Living April 6, 2017 - 2:35 pm Reply

      Hi Wayne, Thank for stopping by. We apologize as we have not tested or performed the mentioned boiling of the Frankincense, we are not able to comment on this specific way to use Frankincense.

  • Kyong A April 22, 2012 - 1:10 am Reply

    what therapeutic uses would b. carterii be recommended and what therapeutic uses would b. sacra be recommended?

    and if a person wanted to help address nerve damage, which of the two would you recommend?


  • Jayne June 7, 2010 - 3:15 pm Reply

    I still don’t understand your reply. How much, as in what volume, of oil, is produced from one kilo of resin?
    Or, how many kilos of resin go into one 15 ml bottle of oil?
    Thanks in advance for your reply.

  • Patricia Wang May 19, 2010 - 5:25 pm Reply

    Exciting to hear about Gary’s travels. In which country is he setting up his distillery? I know Dr. Young continues to say there is no frankincense in Oman, but my distributor told me he has found a source in Oman and is distilling it now. Can’t make it to convention 🙁 so I hope you make it available online or in DVDs for the rest of us.

  • Toby Palmer March 30, 2010 - 11:18 am Reply

    In general, five to seven percent of essential oil comes from a kilo of frankincense resin.

  • Anthony Zappia March 29, 2010 - 2:10 am Reply

    Hi Toby, how much frankincense resin is required to be distilled to produce a 15ml bottle of frankincense oil? In other words if you have a kilo or a pound of frankincense gum resin, how much oil will be distilled from it.

  • Toby Palmer March 25, 2010 - 9:06 am Reply

    For the essential oil science lovers, I have found three interesting frankincense articles. The first is about researcher, John Robertson out of Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. He injected frankincense into the malignant melanoma of horses and applied frankincense topically to another set of horses. At the end of the trial, Dr. Robertson clearly saw the reduced tumor growth with the horses who received the injections. Dr. Robertson hopes to continue his research on humans.

    The second published study is by Arieh Moussaieff found in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Dr. Moussaieff studied the positive behavioral effects in mice when exposed to frankincense. He is focusing on a certain ‘ion channel’—or electrical pathway to the brain that is activated to regulate emotions. Very interesting work!

    The third article is by a group of scientists from the University of Oklahoma who conducted an experiment showing frankincense may distinguish between healthy and cancerous bladder cancer cells

  • D. Cox March 17, 2010 - 9:21 am Reply

    Actually, 02.09.10, the BBC released an article online that indicated scientists have discovered Frankincense contains key components that not only isolate, but reduce and eliminate the growth of cancer cells. Lots of R&D still to be done but it looks hopeful. I find much information on the web. With that said, I agree, data regarding the herbs and blends is much more interesting and useful and should be made readily available. Using Gary has a marketing tool isn’t as helpful as good solid information.

  • Janet Brighenti March 12, 2010 - 5:23 pm Reply

    I agree with Dorothy. I was hoping for some useful information about how and when to use Frankincense. Young Living already makes absolutely sure we know the whereabouts and activities of Gary Young, so I, for one, would appreciate a “where in the world is Gary and what is he doing”-free forum on essential oil knowledge. I’m afraid you are just trying to set us all up to attend the convention, which is impossible for me.

  • Dorothy Baran March 6, 2010 - 11:30 pm Reply

    Toby, you have not answered the question. The conclusion I get is that you don’t know, are hoping to have deteiled information at convention. Is that right?

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