The effect of Frankincense (Bowswellia frereana) in sobering and healing nausea
by Fai Chan, Aromatherapist
Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is renowned and widely praised for its ability to reduce motion sickness or nausea. There was a short period of time that I experienced nausea whenever someone gave me a ride. To help reduce the symptom, I usually brought Ginger essential oil mixed with jojoba oil to massage. I also put 1 drop of Ginger essential oil onto the tissue to inhale. However, I was not happy with the result.
To enhance the effect of Ginger essential oil, I made a salve with Ginger and Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oils to massage when I was traveling. The blend had the following components:
0.25 oz Beeswax
1 oz Jojoba Wax
7 drops of Ginger
5 drops of Lavender
Together with the sedative or calming effect of Lavender on the central nervous system, the warm and spicy aroma of Ginger should be able to enhance the therapeutic properties in reducing motion sickness and nausea.
When I first applied it, the smell is sweet and soothing that the salve improved the nausea but only temporarily. Repeated application did not help.
By chance I came across the oil named Frankincense (Boswellia frereana). I first encountered the oil when I attended a dinner, had some wine, and got half drunk.
After that dinner I applied Frankincense (Boswellia frereana) oil (1/4 tsp olive oil, 1 drop of essential oil) every 15 minutes twice on my forehead, temples, tip of the nose, area between the mouth and the nose, back of the neck, and shoulders; I also drank some hot green tea. I sobered up.
Thus, whenever I got motion sickness or nausea, I applied Frankincense [1/4 tsp olive oil, and 1 drop of essential oil] on the temples, back of the neck, and shoulders (apply several times or as necessary when needed). It worked great. The motion sickness or nausea went away after several applications and no longer bothered me.
Frankincense can also clear the mind and elevate the spirit. It keeps your spirit strong, focused, and positive. I used to take a nap after my breakfast, but as of today (Dec 15, 2014) I do not have to. Since I had back acne, and I was using frankincense to clear them with carrier oil. The whole process of application was rejuvenating. The inhalation of frankincense made me feel great and energetic about myself. As frankincense can achieve this objective, I suspect the application of it can relieve symptoms of mental illness. More research is needed to validate the claim.
The information or research about Boswellia frereana is very limited. Known as the King of Frankincense, Boswellia frereana is usually imported from Somalia. The therapeutic properties of Boswellia frereana are anti-inflammatory, uplifting, revitalizing, and centering. It is also used for joint health.
According to Stillpoint Aromatics (2014), Boswellia frereana is composed mainly of the chemistry of alpha thuyene, delta sabinene and para cymene – they are related to monoterpenes. It also carries the characteristics of monoterpenes such as antiviral, antibacterial, analgesic, and so on. Because of a high content of alpha thuyene, the aroma of Boswellia frereana is more pungent.
People usually equate Boswellia frereana with Boswellia carterii. From my experience, the latter is milder and more calming. The invigorating effect of the former can make us stay awake all the night.
I think there are more benefits to Boswellia frereana. More research is needed on its clinical application.
Boswellness. 2014. Retrieved from http://www.boswellness.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/Boswellness%20Frereana%20EO%20product%20sheet.pdf
Stillpoint Aromatics. 2014. Retrieved from http://www.stillpointaromatics.com/frankincense-frereana-Boswellia-frereana-essential-oil-aromatherapy?keyword=frankincense
Therapeutic properties mentioned above are from Aromahead Online Classes.
Bio: Bio: Fai Chan is the founder of Deli Aroma LLC. She received her certification from Academy Natural Health Sciences. She is now pursuing Advanced Graduate Certification online with Andrea Butje at Aromahead Institute. She is a Professional Member with NAHA and AIA. In addition, she has written articles for Lab Aroma, AIA, Aromatherapy Today (which will get published in the April edition), and Aromatherapy Thymes (which will get published in the Spring edition).