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Frankincense (Boswellia spp.)

Frankincense (Boswellia spp.)

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Botanical name: Boswellia spp.

Other names: Frankincense, Olibanum

Family: Burseraceae

Parts used: resin

Frankincense is derived from a number of Boswellia species including B. sacra (Hojary or Beeyo), B. carterii, B. frereana (Coptic resin or Maydi), B. papyrifera (Sudanese Frankincense), and B. serrata (B. thurifera, Indian Frankincense or Salai). Harvested as naturally exuding or intentionally cut 'tears' from the bark, this translucent sap hardens into distinct, teardrop-shaped lumps bearing a signature yellowish tint.

The premium 'green' or 'royal' resins, with their lighter colour, are revered for their superior therapeutic properties, as well as for use in incense. Darker resins, while primarily used for incense, also provide an aromatic experience marked by a balsamic lemon scent, featuring pine undertones, unique to each variety.

For more detailed information on Frankincense resins be sure to check out our blog article here.

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