This bulletin is longer than my normal bulletins, although I'm sure you will love it. Thanks go to Nancy Sanderson and Richard and Shauna Dastrup, whose convention notes have contributed towards this bulletin (in addition to my own notes).
The difference between oils and drug
Because we have a lot of new friends who've just registered for my oils bulletin, I would like to first explain in simple terms what essential oils are. I find it interesting that some people "poo poo" essential oils, thinking the effects are "just in your head". Well, in fact, this is true.....a little. Essential oils do have a profound ability to affect our brain and brain waves, helping to carry oxygen to this very important part of our body. However, I have a close friend who lectures in Chemistry at Macquarie University in Sydney. She liaises with Australian Aboriginal Elders, who guide her to the plants that their culture has viewed as medicinal plants. She then studies those plants, to isolate the "active" ingredients. These ingredients are then reproduced synthetically, and this is the foundation for pharmaceutical medicine.
However - very often the active constituent is found inside the essential oil of the plant. Using essential oils is therefore like using pharmaceuticals in a natural form. When essential oils are produced correctly, they retain their full fingerprint of constituents (often 80 or more constituents). This complete fingerprint is perfectly balanced, and works very synergistically in the human body. For this reason, essential oils don't tend to create detrimental side effects. That's why high quality essential oils are fast becoming the #1 choice for many health practitioners and health-conscious people.
On the Frankincense Trail
Now - for some of the wonderful news about Frankincense oil that came out of Convention. Young Living Essential Oils has just established 3 Frankincense oil distilleries in Oman, where they are distilling a different species of Frankincense. Our normal frankincense available from Young Living is Boswellia carteri, which comes from Somalia. I'll refer to this as "regular Frankincense". However, the Frankincense from Oman is Boswellia sacra, and this has just been released by Young Living in the USA (and will soon be available in Australia) under the name of "Sacred Frankincense". The Frankincense oil from Boswellia sacra is the rarest and most sought-after aromatic in existence, originally only available to royalty. Young Living is the only company exporting Boswellia sacra oil from Oman.
Burning the Sacred Frankincense resin has been a tradition in the Middle East for 10,000 years. The smoke coming from the burning resin was used to purify clothing and bed linen, and to kill sand fleas, lice, ticks, mold and bacteria. It also eases the discomfort of depression and anxiety.
Cancer, arthritis and periodontal disease are also relatively unknown in Oman and Yemen because the population has access to luban (frankincense resin), which is chewed like gum. They also soak 4 or 5 pieces of this resin in water overnight and drink the water. Dr. Suhail, M.D. was telling us that they don't even have a cancer ward in the hospital that he visits in Oman, because so few people over there have cancer. He only knows of 4 cancer cases, all 4 cases being non-local people. Chewing Frankincense resin also makes the teeth strong....and Gary Young, the founder and president of Young Living, spoke about his desire to formulate a frankincense toothpaste.
Now for the Science: The difference between regular Frankincense, and Sacred Frankincense
There are 3 major classes of chemicals in the Frankincense oil that appear to be responsible for its soothing effect and action - the alpha pinenes, boswellic acids, and incensol.
Boswellia sacra (Sacred Frankincense) has fewer compounds in it than Boswellia carteri (regular Frankincense).....however in Sacred Frankincense, its alpha pinenes are 80.72%, compared with 52.64% in Boswellia carteri, and its incensol (a heavier molecule, which is only captured with 15+ hours of distillation) is 0.82% in Boswellia sacra, compared with 0.4% in Boswellia carteri.
OK, we're not all facts and figures type of people, so I'm sure you'll want to know what this actually means.
The higher alpha pinenes will give Sacred Frankincense a more spiritual purpose. However, I also remember from previous seminars that alpha pinenes can soften the cell walls (that in cancer cells have tended to become shell-like and thus resistant to treatment). So reading between the lines, I would think that such an extraordinarily high percentage of alpha-pinenes is going to mean that Sacred Frankincense is about to start appearing in lots of research. That's really exciting!!!
The Importance of Purity
Young Living uses only the purest frankincense resin, which has been harvested and distilled properly. Gary has spent many months in Oman and Yemen, studying the differences between the various frankincense species and resins, so that he can ensure that we have the very best. The resin is collected on location, at the right season in order to ensure that we get the full quota of constituents in our essential oil. A frankincense tree can be cut numerous times in a season, however the later cuts have stressed the tree and the resin is a poorer quality - Young Living uses the best and earlier resins for their oil (and in fact the third cut tends to produce one of the best resins). The resin is then distilled on location. In addition to all of this, Gary insists on sustainable harvesting of the frankincense trees. Unfortunately, this practice is not employed in many areas where frankincense is harvested, so at least we know that our Frankincense oil is an ecologically friendly approach to frankincense production.