Cō-Impact Sourcing® – Frankincense


Why Oman, Somaliland, and Ethiopia?

Our Frankincense essential oil is a proprietary blend from three types of Frankincense resin – Boswellia Carterii, Boswellia Frereana, and Boswellia Sacra. Different Frankincense trees thrive in different environments and soil types. Some grow best in sandy soil, while others do best in a dry, rocky climate. We source from multiple locations to ensure our resin is harvested where each variety of Boswellia tree grows best.

How Does it Work?

 Oman, Somaliland, and Ethiopia
Frankincense has been a valued trade commodity since ancient times by the Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Persians, the Macedonians, and the Kushites. These precious resins comprise what is believed to be the world’s oldest global supply chain.

The essential oil comes from the resin of the Frankincense tree. Resin “tears” are carefully cleaned and organised by size and colour before distillation.

In Somaliland, our Frankincense comes from the Sanaag Region. Approximately one third of the population lives in this region, and Frankincense harvesting is the main source of employment. The trees are passed down through generations in Somaliland and individual harvesters have access to specific regions by tribal right.


Environmental Stewardship for Frankincense

One of doTERRA’s core Co-Impact Sourcing principles is Environmental Stewardship – promoting energy-efficient technologies, renewable energy, and waste minimisation. Here’s how doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing model is protecting Frankincense trees:

  • Over years of people harvesting Frankincense resin, many trees have become irresponsibly overharvested and possess multiple, deep cuts.
  • doTERRA is proud to support research and sustainability initiatives to protect Frankincense trees.


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