How to make an extract of Frankincense and other oleoresins

I’m starting to experiment with making my own Frankincense oil after buying some expensive extract and having very good results with it as a rub for sore muscles and joint pains!

My first attempt wasn’t yielding the results I had hoped for, so I jumped on the Internet to find an article which would explain the process for me!

Here’s a great article I found and I hope it helps you too!

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  How to extract the healing properties of Frankincense and other oleo-resins

There is increasing information online about the healing properties of the different types of Frankincense. Notably, the Boswellic acid family including AKBA which make up a large proportion of the resin in these oleo-gum-resins. In general, they all share anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which make them ideal for many external and internal applications. Phytochemicals in Frankincense have been proven useful for arthritis,  rheumatism, cancer, ulcers, colitis, brain injuries, depression, and much more. They are especially useful in cremes, oils and salves to help rejuvenate the skin, increase elasticity, reduce wrinkles and signs of aging. Many of these healing compounds can be absorbed through the skin and are able to cross the blood-brain barrier.

Oleo-resins are composed of volatile oils, or essential oils, and resins which are not volatile and cannot be separated via water or steam distillation. Though we rely heavily on 

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