Resin & Wood Incense – Frankincense Granules (30g)
About Frankincense Resin – meaning “frank” or “true”, is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia found in South Arabia and East Africa. These trees are considered unusual for their ability to grow in environments so unforgiving that the trees sometimes grow directly out of solid stone. The deep roots prevent the trees from being torn away during violent storms.
At its peak its value rivaled that of gold, the rarest silks and the most precious of gems. Frankincense was lavishly used in religious rites eg in the Bible’s Old Testament, it was part of the temple rites; according to Matthew 2:11, gold, frankincense and myrrh were among the gifts to Jesus by the Biblical Magi “from out of the east”.
The aroma is said to represent life. It has a warm, sweet, rich fragrance that has been associated with spirituality since earliest antiquity. It has the ability to slow and deepen the breath which produces a sense of calm.
The Egyptians ground the charred resin into a powder called kohl which was used to make the distinctive black eyeliner seen on so many figures in Egyptian art.
Judaic, Christian and Islamic faiths have used frankincense mixed with oils to anoint newborn infants and individuals considered to be moving into a new phase in their spiritual lives.