Frankincense Neglecta "White", is an aromatic resin coveted by the collectors and indigenous communities of East Africa where the Boswellia Neglecta tree grows.
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In Northern Kenya, The Boswellia neglecta trees yield much smaller quantities of this pure resin than the regular "Black" Neglecta, and the local tribespeople prefer it. It is mainly used for chewing gum, medicine and incense.
Though the white resin comes from the same tree, it has a different aromatic profile than the Black neglecta, generated through an unusual relationship with Long Horn beetles. The white Neglecta resin has a sweeter and fruitier fragrance and is a pure oleoresin.
As I have mentioned, many of the East African Myrrh and Frankincense trees produce more than one type of resin. Sometimes even three different coloured exudates!
White Frankincense Neglecta is a pure oleoresin and will dissolve easily in warm oils with very little bark or extraneous material to be filtered out. It pools on the hot coals and makes aromatic chewing gum.
This resin is sustainably harvested and fairly traded and is quite different from the Neglecta Thurimel that hails from Somalia.
As some of you know, in 2016, I set out on my African aromatics tour. (https://apothecarysgarden.com/2016/01/26/the-african-fair-trade-frankincense-and-myrrh-tour-2016/).
The motivation behind this trip was to facilitate sustainability and fair trade of medicinal/fragrant resins from the Horn of Africa. In early 2016 I spent a week and a half in remote (hot) Samburu County sourcing native resin bearing Frankincense and Myrrh trees and initiating a fair trade platform for the semi-nomadic, pastoralist women of the Samburu tribe in North Eastern Kenya.
In the Samburu tradition, the men hold most of the wealth in the form of cattle, sheep, goats and camels. The women do much of the work with little to no monetary return. Many women collect resins and bring them to market every week or two. This gives them their own income to purchase medicine and food. Cutting out the middlemen from the supply chain ensures the women a reliable and fair return for the resins they collect.
Though Frankincense and Myrrh trees are abundant in their area, the women do not tap or injure the trees to increase yield, as is often the case in other areas and with other resin-bearing trees.
Harming nature is frowned upon and contrary to their belief system and reverence for their Nature Goddess, N'gai. The Samburu only collect the resins that form due to accidental injuries from goats and Baboons who find the bark of Boswellia Neglecta delectable and elephants who casually trample trees like matchsticks as elephants tend to do. In fact, these trees and some other frankincense and Myrrh species cannot be tapped due to their thin bark and different physiology.
The Samburu women collect both a light and a Black Frankincense Neglecta resin. Yes...I had to see this for myself and it is true!! Initial injury generates a clear sap that hardens translucent and light golden.
Very little clear resin is available from the trees compared to the dark resin.
Like all its brothers, Frankincense Neglecta is ruled by the Sun from an astrological point of view. It calms and strengthens both mind and heart, aids in meditation and concentration, and helps raise one's spirits.
Burned as incense helps cleanse a space and create a sense of sacredness.
The infused oil of Frankincense Neglecta oleoresin and its essential oil are valuable ingredients in respiratory rubs, salves and oils. It yields itself readily to oleo-extraction with vegetable oils, making a most excellent chest rub for congestion, asthma, bronchitis, and colds.
This calming oil is easy to make with a bit of resin and some warm olive oil. Here are instructions for making your own Heartsease oil-https://apothecarysgarden.com/2014/07/30/how-to-make-a-whole-extract-of-frankincense-and-other-oleoresins/?wref=tp
As all types of Frankincense, White frankincense Neglecta makes an exceptional incense for the home and ritual.
For more information on Frankincense Neglecta, a recipe and instructions on how to make your own Frankincense Neglecta cough and chest oil, please see my post-http://apothecarysgarden.com/2013/10/09/frankincense-oil-cough-cold-chest-rub-recipe/
Such a contrast to the darker Neglecta found in Dan's shop. It's camphor element extremely dialed back in comparison. Brighter, with gentle lime citrus, and a touch a vanilla-caramel sweetness when gently heated on an electric burner. Happy to have a jar of this in the library!
Mel Crona (Ashburn, US)
très bel encens, comme d'habitude, parfum...
très bel encens, comme d'habitude, parfum doux et enivrant
Amelia Marquardt (Ashburn, US)
It's great to find a sustainable source of...
It's great to find a sustainable source of frankincense. I've been hesitant to use it lately given its status, but now I have an option for when I want to include it in a special incense blend or just burn it by itself.
Shamanictaxidermyart Wiza (Ashburn, US)
Wonderful, like Dan's treasured resins alw...
Wonderful, like Dan's treasured resins always are! Even after many years of contact and purchases, there is always something new to find and the quality, knowledge and love behind his work is always present.
Ra’ahel Hayes (Ashburn, US)
New and different. I love Yemen (Sheba) re...
New and different. I love Yemen (Sheba) resin but this is good too.
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