Monday, October 24, 2016

Frankincense Essential Oil Brooklyn Botany Review

I use essential oils in my daily life, for my household, my body, and my family.  I generally use Lavender and Tea Tree the most as they are the most multifunctional in my particular household, but I add in other essentials every now and then.  I make my own deodorant, toothpaste, household surface disinfectant sprays, room deodorizers, baby wipe solution for our cloth wipes, body / skin salve, diaper rash ointment, etc.  

Recently Brooklyn Botany sent me another one of their products for review.  They wanted me to try their Frankincense oil in the 1 oz bottle.  The product is housed in an amber glass bottle with a glass dropper.  The fragrance is stronger than I was expecting, but I do not have much experience with Frankincense.  I had used only one other brand previously.  I have used Frankincense in my homemade clay and charcoal toothpaste as a remineralizing paste.  Frankincense is a powerful antiseptic and can assist with eliminating and preventing bacteria, while healing.

I cannot compare this brand to others as I am not familiar with Frankincense, but I do know that Frankincense is generally expensive.  This brand is currently about $15 for an ounce which seems rather reasonable (almost a little too reasonable).  The company does say that this is 100% NATURAL, pure Frankincense Oil that contains 70% Alpha Thujene.  It is steam distilled without any fillers or additives.  I have no way to test this claim, but I have evaluated a few Brooklyn Botany products in the past and have found them to be of nice quality so I do not have reason to not trust them.  

For this bottle, I have used it in my toothpaste and in our cloth wipe solution.  This week I used it in the sink to bath and soak my 2 1/2 year old son who is having a non itchy, but red rash all over his body.  I am thinking that he is allergic to something, but I am not sure what it is yet.  I used about 3 drops of Frankincense, a few scoops of Redmonds Calcium Bentonite clay, Argan Oil, Jojoba Oil, castile soap (unscented) and 3 drops of Lavender Oil.  The Clay helps draw out toxins and helped with calming his skin.  The oils are important to be used as carrier oils for the essential oils and also soften skin.  The Frankincense and Lavender assist with the cleaning and healing.  I did notice some lightening of the redness and bumps.  They are still noticeable, but I will use this method of mud bath each night until it clears.  If I cannot make the bumps go away after a few more nights, I will take him to the doctor.  The strange thing is that he is not itchy or sick.  He has no other symptoms.

As mentioned, the Frankincense was sent to me for evaluation.  I have no reason to believe it is not pure or authentic.  I am not a fan of the smell, as it is overpowering and very herbal.  I love that it is in a glass bottle and that the dropper is glass. 

He had incredible fun in his mud bath.

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