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The Value and Versatility of Frankincense

The historical value of Frankincense is illustrated by the gifts brought by the three Kings in the Bible (Frankincense, Myrrh, and  Gold) and this resin has long since been thought of as a prized natural substance that can help stabilize a wide range of physical and emotional ailments. Resin is considered to be the most versatile material in the pre-industrial world. Frankincense is produced by wounding the bark of B. papyrifera trees and collecting the resin that is subsequently released from the wound. Resins from Boswellia and Commiphora species (respectively known as frankincense and myrrh) were traded as incenses from the southern coast of Arabia to the Mediterranean region and Mesopotamia for more than a millennia. 

Since it was so healing to many people, frankincense oils and resins were considered to be worth more than gold.

Frankincense is a powerful antiseptic, astringent and tonic.  Using this essential oil in the bath with Epsom salts is a great way to reap the benefits of this powerful plant medicine. It is the perfect essential oil to use for spiritual practices and would be wonderful to burn in a diffuser on your altar, or anywhere in the room during your yoga or meditation practice.

Frankincense is also very gentle, with the exception of the Papyrifera species, and can be used directly on the skin of the whole body. Boswellia papyrifera is found in Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Sudan in Africa. It has an orange scent and is used to produce the highest quantity of frankincense in the Afro-Arabian region. It is regarded as good for the stomach, though it can also cause stomach problems. B. serrata grows in the dry regions of India and yields an orange-scented gum that is lower quality than that of B. sacra. The gum is a popular ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine.

Egyptian and Indian women traditionally prepare kohl from burnt frankincense and use this as a sun-reflective eyeliner. Tradition has it that Queen Sheba brought frankincense saplings from Arabia for King Solomon. This high premium continued until the 19thcentury AD, when improved logistics, chemical alternatives, and increased supply led to decreased prices.

Frankincense can promote healing and help you connect more deeply to your spirit.

At the time of this writing, we carry more than 9 varieties of Frankincense alone with a varied range of blends and co-distillations , the most extensive selection anywhere! 

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Miracle Botanicals Selection of Frankincense 

 

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