Extracting the resin and Boswellic acids from Frankincense. A visual walkthrough.

Many have asked for clearer instructions on the method I use for separating the resin with its Boswellic acids from Frankincense in the post “Tapping into Frankincense and its Boswellic acids. An easy extraction method”. I realize written descriptions leave a lot of room for interpretation and a video would be the best method of demonstration.

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Many of you have asked for clearer instructions on the method I use for separating the resin with its Boswellic acids from Frankincense in the post “Tapping into Frankincense and its Boswellic acids. An easy extraction method”.  I realize written descriptions leave a lot of room for interpretation and a video would be the best method of demonstration.

Since shooting some videos is still on my todo list, here is a photo progression of the process.  I hope it offers the needed clarity until I get around to making a video.

I also want to add here, though I name it “An easy extraction method”, easy is relative. It is also a messy and time consuming process. Be prepared to dedicate sieves, pots, pans and wooden spoons to Frankincense before you start, since cleanup is inevitable.

Gird yourself with the knowledge that metal scouring pads and Olive oil followed by warm soap and…

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  1. Wonderfull information, thank you. I am currently chewing Omani sacra of which a small pea sized amount lasts for hours. Would my salivary amylase break down the resin enough to release boswellic acids?

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    1. Hi Andrew.
      While I have found no scientific evidence that amylase dissolves or releases Boswellic acids when Frankincense is chewed, people have been chewing Frankincense for thousands of years for its therapeutic effects.
      There is a theory that the water-soluble gum portion acts as an intermediate, an emulsifier, breaking down some of the oil soluble and hydrophobic resin acids, but again, I have seen no studies proving or disproving the theory.

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