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We have used Frankincense and Myrrh for medicine, cosmetics, perfume and incense since the dawn of civilization.
A tea made with Frankincense is an ancient and accepted remedy in many cultures and traditional medical systems for a broad range of ailments.
Considered an aphrodisiac since time immemorial, Ambergris fetches Astronomical prices for those lucky enough to find it washed up on beaches around the world.
The amber-scented wax of Bushman’s Candle is perfect for cosmetics, candles, moustache waxes, and therapeutic skin-healing formulas and is easy to extract from the bark.
February 2019 brought a visit with the Camel and Goat herders of the Somali region of Ethiopia. What was once called the “Ogaden”. They are the collectors of Frankincense and Myrrh.
Continuing with the theme of DIY and home distillation, this is my latest easy to make distillation unit showcasing today’s distillation of Frankincense Dalzielii from Nigeria. A gorgeous looking resin that yields a superb essential oil.
Frankincense essential oil is no more anti-cancer than many other essential oils. Frankincense resin, however, contains Boswellic acids which show broad anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory activity in the laboratory and have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years.
Labdanum, like many other resins, acts as a perming agent and when applied to the hair will set it and keep it in the desired style long after the resin is gone.
I have been told on occasion my instructions here could be clearer. Though I've been meaning to rewrite some of them or do video tutorials, I just haven't found the time. Luckily, my Aromatherapist friend Robin Schiller-Kessler took the initiative, built my "Magical...
Visually and aromatically similar to Boswellia or Frankincense neglecta and often mixed in with it, Commiphora confusa stands out as a unique aromatic material deserving a market of its own.
Our planet is a fragrant garden, full of creative possibilities that are limited only by our imagination. What shall we make today? Perfume? Incense? Cosmetics or medicine? Shall we distill essential oil? Make a love potion? A magical ink? An anointing oil? Here you will discover materials we have worked with since the dawn of time. Aromatic treasures that have shaped our civilization and enriched our lives in myriad ways. With an eye to sustainability and fair trade, I have personally sought out the highest quality materials from around the world.
Whether you are a novice exploring something new or an adept looking to create a masterpiece, click on any of these curated collections to explore the endless possibilities that are given to us to create with Nature every day.
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AMAZING!! fragrant, fresh and packaging is great. My order came extremely fast. Really appreciate Dan and his shop for having these ingredients available in Canada. Thank you!
I love the smell of frankincense. However, until now, my experience has been with incense and essential oils. This Frankincense Neglecta has elevated my love for this amazing resin to a whole new level. It is definitely fresh. It is tender and gooey. A few pieces still have bark on them. The smell is absolutely divine. The story behind the harvesting is definitely one of the reasons I purchased this. Thank you for providing such an amazing resin at a relatively low price. I will be back for more.
This oil is just incredible - so vivid and clean scented with ginger and elemi overtones. I felt positively euphoric, focused and calm after breathing it in and plan to use it everyday to beat the winter blues! Thank you for your alchemy and for supporting fair trade too!
Creating a Sustainable Future
We are quickly losing our wild medicinal and aromatic plant populations around the world. Between natural stresses like disease, fires and insects, climate change, and man-made strains like agricultural encroachment, charcoal production and our growing demand for essential oils and supplements, we are taking far more than these plant populations can bear, and many species cannot regenerate themselves as fast as we are harvesting them. If we do not change our approach, many species will be extinct in mere decades.
As individuals, we have little power to affect change in the world. However, our combined support of organizations that are dedicated to education and changing the way we manage our wild resources can have a world-changing impact. These are a few of my favourite non-profits. They can only make a difference with our support. Please take the time to click on their links, share them with friends, become a member or add yourself to their email list. They have the power to save our plants and trees, if we stand with them.
This organization is dedicated to the preservation of native medicinal plants, fungi and habitats across North America. Their ongoing research, education and conservation efforts ensure the continuation of renewable plant populations for future generations.
The growing demand for essential oil-bearing plants continues to threaten aromatic plant species around the world. The Airmid Institute develops initiatives that promote forest regeneration, sustainable harvesting and ethical sourcing.
By shedding light on the questionable practices of large-scale herbal producers, this non-profit educates consumers and the industry at large on how to implement actions that promote ethical sustainability.
How do I store resins and how long will they keep?
How do I grind Frankincense?
Many preparations call for Frankincense to first be powdered. When making liquid extracts this ensures the greatest amount of beneficial compounds will be absorbed by the liquid. You can find instructions for grinding Frankincense resins here-How to Grind Frankincense, Myrrh and other Oleoresins
Can I take Frankincense internally?
Frankincense and other plant resins have been used as medicine for thousands of years.
Traditionally, Frankincense tears are chewed or brewed for their medicinal properties. Some, prefer to take a powder of Frankincense as a supplement while others take a tincture.
Frankincense is also a part of many traditional medicine formulas where it is often powdered before blending it with other ingredients.
Whichever way you use Frankincense and other resins, please keep in mind that their essential oil contains only a minute portion of their therapeutic compounds and ingesting essential oils without the supervision of a health care professional can be very dangerous. For some insights on using Frankincense for its medicinal qualities please see my post here-Frankincense as Medicine. Truth, Myth and Misinformation
How do I chew Frankincense and other resins?
To chew Frankincense as gum, take a tear or piece of Frankincense about the size of a small pea and warm it in your mouth for half a minute. This will soften it and then you can chew away. Many people swallow the resin after it has broken down in their mouth. Other resins traditionally used as chewing gum are Mastic Chios, Chicle and some types of Spruce and Pine resin.
How do I make a traditional Frankincense tea?
In Arabia, it is a common and traditional practice to sip on an overnight infusion of Frankincense tears throughout the day to maintain health or when one feels under the weather. If you would like to explore this option you can find instructions here-The many benefits of Frankincense tea.
How do I make a tincture with Frankincense?
Tinctures are a popular way of benefitting from the therapeutic qualities of plants. A simple tincture of Frankincense can be made at home by adding 1 ounce of powdered Frankincense to 5 Ounces of Vodka and letting the mixture sit for 6-8 weeks before filtering through a paper coffee filter and storing in a clean sealed glass container. For other methods of making a tincture of Frankincense, you can find instructions here- How to make a tincture of Frankincense or Myrrh. 4variations and a tea.
What is an oleo extract?
An oleo extract is an infusion of a resin or oleoresin in a carrier oil. Since both the essential oil and the resin are oil-soluble, an oleo extract can collect most of the therapeutic compounds in the material. Oleo extracts of resins are especially suited to delivering their therapeutic compounds to and through the skin. They can be used directly on the skin, added to formulas or diluted in carrier oils. Most tree resins have an affinity with our respiratory, musculoskeletal system and our skin.
Can I make my own skincare products from Frankincense or other resins?
Yes you can! The easiest way to harness the healing compounds in resins for skincare is with an oleo extract, also called an oil infusion. The oil not only eliminates the stickiness of the oleoresin but it helps the resin compounds penetrate the skin. Many use this type of preparation to nourish and moisturize the skin while helping to reduce wrinkles and signs of ageing. The oil extract of many oleoresins is also used as a topical treatment for respiratory issues and for the pain and inflammation of Arthritis. Frankincense, Elemi, Pine Spruce and the aromatic Copal resins are traditionally used in this way. You can find instructions for preparing your own oleo extract of Frankincense and other resins here-How to make an oil extract of Frankincense and other oleoresins