Olibanum roughly translates as “that which results from milking” and Frankincense derives from the old French “franc encens” meaning “high quality or noble/pure incense”.
Frankincense tears are made by slashing the bark of the trees allowing the resin to bleed out and harden. There are different species of Boswellia Tree, each producing a slightly different resin and aroma. Unfortunately the Boswellia Tree population is declining due to over use and the method of obtaining it’s resin. Trees that are bled in this way have a lower rate of population growth due to less fertile seeds.
Frankincense resin has been used for more than 6000 years. It has been used for ritual, burials, and as an embalming material or as an offering to the departed. Ayurvedic medicine uses Frankincense for arthritis, digestion, asthma and oral health. It is also well known for it’s anti-bacterial properties.
It has a spicy /woody scent that lends well to uses for relaxation. Spiritually it is known for it’s properties of purification and is used to cleanse sacred space.