Continuing to work on a Frankincense anti aging/wrinkle crème and a Frankincense rejuvenating mask from the (post distillation) gum and resin residue of different types of Frankincense. Here I am distilling the essential oils from Frankincense, Boswellia species. By “post distillation” I mean that after distilling off the essential oils, what I am left with are the water-soluble gum and alcohol-soluble […]

FULL MOON IN LIBRA Ruled astrologically by the Moon, as some other bitter plants, it is time to tincture Myrrh. Today’s full moon in Libra, is closest to the spring equinox and appropriately, represents equilibrium and balance. The symbol for Libra are the scales. Its keyword is Balance. Balance between male and female energies. Winter and Summer. […]

Grinding Frankincense, Myrrh and other oleoresins

First of all a happy and productive Spring to all! I think I lost a week somewhere, but I am back now, and that’s really all that matters. A few people have inquired lately on the best way to grind Frankincense and other resins. This is a great question with a great answer! As anyone […]

 Well, we apparently are still in the season of toothaches and heartaches.   Winter.   Myrrh and the moon took care of the first. Frankincense and the Sun will, I hope do well for the second.      So on that note…..…….   According to my friend’s emails, spring is already in full swing in England. […]

A foray into native Ethiopian fragrant materials I am past the worst of the jet lag. I think.. I was going to continue sharing my journey in chronological order, Dead Sea, Jerusalem then Ethiopia, but,,,, I had such a great time in Addis Ababa and came back with such amazing treasures and opportunities that I […]

After an extended absence here, I am back. With much to share. Israel and Ethiopia mainly. New and rare types of Frankincense resins, Myrrh, heavenly Opoponax and a Civet adventure in the Ethiopian hills that has yet to unfold. It will take some time to catch up, but here’s a start. Israel and Ethiopia both […]