Even if you aren’t familiar with the term resin, you’re surely familiar with the resin essential oils. Frankincense, Myrrh, Elemi, and Palo Santo all come from tree resin to make the grounding, earthy oils you know and love.
But are you tapping into the full potential of these extraordinary EOs? Step up your game with these fun facts and usage tips that will have you obsessin’ over resin.
What are resin essential oils?
Resin is a sap-like substance produced by trees. It flows out of tiny holes in the bark and then hardens to form a barrier against pests. The process of creating these holes and harvesting the resin is called tree tapping. When done correctly, tapping causes no harm to the tree and is a sustainable method for extracting the resin used to obtain essential oils.
Most natural resin is amber colored, similar to honey, but its shade can vary from pale yellow to dark brown. After being harvested, resin can be chopped or powdered and made into incense or it can be steam distilled to extract essential oils.
How to use resin essential oils
While resins are highly beneficial aromatics on their own, the essential oils derived from them create a whole new world of possibilities. From enhancing personal care products to elevating your daily routines, here are 13 ways to use resin essential oils.
Frankincense essential oil
Fun fact: Young Living’s Frankincense oil comes from the resin of Boswellia carterii trees located in northern Africa, near the Arabian Peninsula.
How to use Frankincense
- Diffuse it to elevate your surroundings and inspire greater connectedness.
- Add it to face moisturizer every morning or night to fast track your way to smooth, supple-looking skin.
- Combine it with a carrier oil and massage into neck, shoulders, and other tired muscles when you “knead” to unwind.
- Try its cousin, Sacred Frankincense. Learn more about the two oils and why they were once considered more valuable than gold!
Myrrh essential oil
How to use Myrrh
- Make your hair dreams a reality by adding a drop to conditioner every other day.
- Diffuse it with Patchouli and Grapefruit for a spicy-sweet scent and cheerful atmosphere.
- Put a drop on the crown of your head before you walk out the door for a mindful fragrance all day long.
How to use Elemi
How to use Palo Santo
- Make bath salts using 2-3 drops each of all four resin oils and 2 cups of Epsom salt.
- Put a drop on your yoga mat and inhale the balancing aroma as you perfect those sun salutations.
- Diffuse it when you need to get centered and unlock your creative side.