Origin of Frankincense Resin

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Origin of Frankincense Resin

A wise man has once said, “anything that has many different names, indicates that it is something highly regarded.” Frankincense is a perfect example of it, and it has so many names across different cultures. Some of them are listed below:

The Area of Origin

Frankincense is a natural oleoresin gum obtained by making incisions in Boswellia trees and collecting the liquid sap it secretes using different traditional techniques. Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is made from the resin of the Boswellia tree. Frankincense was known as liquid gold as it brought prosperity to local communities 3000 years ago.


Boswellia is a small, shrubby tree native to hot, dry, desert climates. The resin of this fascinating plant is native to the regions of India, Africa, and Middle East India, Oman, Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia. It has been highly regarded as a medicine, an aromatic perfume, a ceremonial tool, and was once worth even more than gold.


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Traveling Back to History


Frankincense was highly treasured in the ancient era. It was brought as one of the Wise Men's gifts to be presented at Jesus' birth. The resin was also found in the tombs of Egyptian mummies. It was used as an embalming agent and as an offering to help the departed souls make their journey to the afterlife.


The resin of the Boswellia species (Burseraceae `frankincense' and 'olibanum') is mentioned in numerous ancient texts. It has been either addressed as incense or a major component of incense. Boswellia resin was considered a highly precious commodity in the ancient Middle East. It was carried in caravans from sub-Saharan regions, where it is still a major export product. 


In ancient Egypt, incense burning signified a manifestation of the presence of the gods and a gratification to them. In ancient Judea, it was a central ceremony in the temple. The ancient Greeks used incense burning as an oblation. In Christendom, its use in worship has continued since the fifth century C.E. 


The Chinese often called Frankincense' fanhunxiang', meaning ‘calling back the soul fragrance.' Frankincense is often used in meditation since the scent is calming, grounding, and pleasant to the senses. The aroma guides the mind to live in the present and transcends the soul to an enigmatic moment of peace!

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