Only the male tree is productive, and it takes ten years before it provides the best quality resin.
Main aromatic molecules: Monoterpenes (α-pinene), sesquiterpenes, terpene alcohols, oxides and esters.
Producing organs: Gum or oleoresin.
Yield: 8 to 10kg of essential oil per 100kg of gum.
Equivalence: 1ml → 36 drops (dosage calculated for a calibrated dropper European Pharmacopoeia).
In the ancient world, it was the first aromatic resin offered to the gods. Thus, in 287 B.C., the king of Syria Seleucos donated three hundred sixty kilograms of incense, among other presents, to the temple of Apollo at Miletus. It is also used as a remedy in fumigation against respiratory diseases and to purify ambient air.
Extracts from the book ’Aromatherapia – All about essential oils’, by Isabelle Pacchioni, watercolors by Patrick MORIN, Aroma Thera Editions . Extracts from the book ’41 essential oils essential for treating yourself differently’ and ’48 essential oils which every home needs to be healthy’ by Isabelle Delaleu and Isabelle Pacchioni, Publications of the Mandadori France group. Botanical illustrations by Agathe Haevermans.
The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.