Frankincense Hydrosol is one of my personal favorites for skin care, meditation and spiritual applications.
For meditation, cleansing a room and spiritual focus, I like to make a room spray that includes Frankincense Hydrosol. Look to the citation from hydrosol expert Suzanne Catty in the Uses and Applications section below for information on the potential benefits of Frankincense Hydrosol.
Though Frankincense Hydrosol does smell a bit different from Frankincense Essential Oil, the hydrosol shares the same fresh, woody, balsamic, slightly spicy and fruity notes. Those that like Frankincense Essential Oil are likely to love the hydrosol. Suzanne Catty describes the aroma of Frankincense Hydrosol as "extraordinary" and considers it sweeter and warmer than the oil.
Up to 2 years if stored properly (refrigeration is recommended).
Reported Properties, Uses and Applications
Frankincense Hydrosol is probably used most often for fragrancing and spiritual applications, and this is how I use it most often as well. Suzanne Catty suggests using it before meditation and for those that practice energy healing. She reports that it acts as an expectorant, that it can improve the texture of the skin and that it is helpful in hot and humid conditions. [Suzanne Catty, Hydrosols: The Next Aromatherapy (Rochester, VT: Healing Arts Press, 2001), 79.]
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