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

Spent resin, Frankincense, resin acids, Frankincense papyrifera

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.

6 thoughts on “Extracting the resin and Boswellic acids from Frankincense. A visual walkthrough.

  1. […] The second is by making a resin extract of Frankincense and dissolving it in warm oil as a base for a salve.-(As in the post-How to extract the resin and Boswellic acids from frankincense). […]

  2. 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?

    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.

  3. […] Though I state it is an easy process, it is rather messy. Here is a visual walkthrough of the above process including some tips on  cleanup. – https://apothecarysgarden.com/2016/11/20/extracting-the-resin-and-boswellic-acids-from-frankincens… […]

  4. […] I have put together a visual walkthrough of the above process and you can find it here extracting-the-resin-and-boswellic-acids-from-frankincense-a-visual-walkthrough/ […]

  5. Thank you so much for this informative and helpful information!!!!!

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