Buying Copal? Don’t be fooled!
Did you know that more often than not, when we purchase Copal online, we are likely to receive a resin that has never been seen in the Americas by any tribe in any century? A resin with very different source and uses.
Black Frankincense. A sustainable alternative in a time of crisis.
A recent publication reveals the natural sustainability of two types of Frankincense growing in Northern Kenya. This information is especially relevant in the light of the steady decline of other Frankincense species.
A guide to the different types of Frankincense
, the best way to get acquainted with the Boswellia, AKA Frankincense family is to start with the classics. By classics I mean those types of Frankincense that were often the very first many of us experienced in a mosque, temple, synagogue, church, trip or Hippy commune.
Suhul Myrrh. A gift from the trees
How much sweeter is this gift the tree offers freely than that which we take from her with machete and knife. Though myrrh resin is known for its bitterness, there is a soft sweetness in the aroma of Suhul Myrrh. It is usually lighter, brighter and more translucent than Sarac Myrrh.
Frankincense Neglecta. From the Samburu women to us-Fresh-Sustainable & Fairly Traded
5 years after my first visit with the Samburu Frankincense harvesters in Northern Kenya, things are finally coming together. We now have 2 groups of Samburu women harvesters who need to sell their...
Everyone can now contribute to a sustainable Frankincense future
Around the world, we are losing our medicinal and aromatic plants at an ever-increasing pace while our demand for essential oils, aromatic, cosmetic and therapeutic plant materials continues to...
Ammoniacum. Incense of the Oracle-medicine of the people.
This is an edit of a post I wrote 2 years ago after coming across some lovely Ferula tingitana, (Ammoniacum) resin. Recently, I finally got my hands on the other Ammoniacum, Dorema ammoniacum which...
Animal Musks-Civet Musk and the problem with a passive approach
I have finally put together an Animalic/Musk sampler. The interest in animal-sourced musk samples has grown steadily in the shop and the release of this new product is a perfect opportunity to...
How to use Pine and Spruce sap for respiratory relief
We have relied on the aromatic sap of trees for comfort and healing since the dawn of time. Pine, Spruce, Fir, Frankincense, Myrrh, Elemi, and many, many more provide us with a wide range of therapeutic properties and applications.