For incense and other purposes Boswellia sacra, tree resin (resin), traditionally referred to as frankincense or ladan, sometimes olibanan or simply incense.
We offer several types of frankincense from Oman, as well as the highest quality luxury green Royal Hojari. It is collected from virgin trees, is fresh and clean, practically free of bark impurities.
- 100% natural ingredients
- From wild plants
- Raw & Vegan.
Traditional use of frankincense resin/resin:
- fresh resin chewed as a hygienic chewing gum, improves breath;
- pieces are added to coffee, or a small coffee drinking ritual. The coffee cup is held over the incense until it fizzles and then hot coffee is added. Believe me, the taste and smell are indescribable...
- arabs use frankincense to scent their clothes and homes, and to make them smelly. Their weddings and religious ceremonies are not without incense. A bowl of frankincense is given to the guest to soap his beard and to the bride to smell her headscarf;
- women have used incense smoke as a perfume since time immemorial. No self-respecting Arab or Indian woman would leave the bath without standing over a bowl of incense, which was used to breathe on the body, hair and clothes that had just been washed;
- the smoke from the incense resin was used as a cosmetic treatment to keep the skin of the face firm, youthful and beautiful. Instead of applying cream, women simply sanded their faces;
- in the valleys of incense, where the boswellia trees are planted, incense resin has always been burnt in front of the woman giving birth and the baby is immediately smothered. The baby is regularly smothered for 40 days after birth;
- in ancient Egypt, both frankincense and myrrh resins were used for embalming because they inhibit decay and putrefaction;
The resins produced by boswellia, myrtle, pine, spruce and fir trees have properties that protect the tree from infections and invaders, heal wounds, accelerate the healing of injured bark, and act as pheromones, sending scent signals to pollinating insects and attacking insects. Frankincense (boswellia tree resin, resin) is one of the oldest substances used in human history and has been considered a panacea for a wide range of spiritual and somatic problems and diseases. Today, the properties of the boswellic acids in the resin are the most studied, and their preparations are used in medicine and health promotion.
Frankincense resin has long been used as a hygienic chewing gum and spice, and in Arabic and other countries it is used in sweets.
Cosmetics, skin. Boswellia resin has a positive effect on skin cells, i.e. it activates healthy cell growth and regeneration of skin cells, so frankincense tree resins are good for damaged skin. Traditionally, the resin has been used in various ointments and balms. Nowadays, essential oils are more commonly used for these purposes. Frankincense resin and its essential oil have innumerable applications in both modern and traditional cosmetics. Mixed with beeswax, frankincense resin has been used since ancient times to treat blackheads and bags under the eyes. Frankincense resin extracts and oil are used in skin rejuvenating masks and anti-wrinkle creams; it improves the condition of dry and ageing skin.
Problems of seasonal changes. Frankincense essential oil is suitable for indoor steaming during the changing seasons, in winter. However, be aware that use for children is slightly different from adults – see here for how to use and a list of other essential oils suitable for use by children during the changing seasons.
Insects. Like any smoke (think of bees and beekeepers with their smoky incense burners), resin incense is unpalatable to insects.
Joints and muscles. Frankincense essential oils are excellent for massage blends after exercise or other unpleasant sensations, and are favoured by sports people and the elderly alike. The essential oil of Boswellia serrata is particularly suitable.
Mood. When you want to achieve inner peace and a relaxed state of mind, frankincense can be used to breathe in rooms when you are feeling sad, anxious and negative.
Perfumery. Because of its characteristic, graceful, mysterious, liturgical scent, frankincense is a much-loved ingredient in perfumes. It is a favourite with both classic and niche perfumers.
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If you are using a heat-resistant ceramic incense burner, if it is your first encounter with the scented substances and you want to get to know them through the ritual of incense, you can also use a larger flat stone (brought back from the seaside or a trip further afield), or a large sink filled with sand.
If you have one, put all the components needed for incense in a tray:
- a sandpit (e.g. flat stone),
- a natural charcoal for incense,
- tweezers or tongs for safely spreading the resin on the charcoal, or for tilting the incense stick.
Natural charcoal is the easiest to tan from a gas stove, if you don't have one at home, you will need to light it with a candle or a torch, which will take longer. If you have a fireplace and use harder woods, you can also try burning charcoal from a fireplace or fire pit. Put the finest possible crystals of resin on the charcoal you choose, so that the aroma of the resin lasts longer, spreads more easily and nicely, and there is less white, thick smoke. If the resin you have is in coarse pieces, you can crush it with your fingers, or just use a hammer or a heavier object to roll it into paper.
Incense is a more mindful process, to be present here and now, both in preparation for the incense and after the incense has been lit. Be careful with hot charcoal, do not pick it up with your fingers, use tweezers, do not leave it unattended when tanning, and do not leave it unattended while incense is being burnt, and incense in well-ventilated areas.
Not intended for any internal use.