Likely my favourite Frankincense type, fresh Boswellia Rivae never stays in the shop for long.
It has a haunting, rich fragrance with a soft candy-like sweetness reminiscent of its distant cousin Palo Santo, (Bursera Graveolens). With a deep amber heart and a light, sweet spiciness, it is my go-to Frank in many of my blends and is a beautiful resin on the coal.
Like all others in its family, Frankincense Rivae is ruled Astrologically by the Sun. Thus it is considered warming and strengthening to the heart and mind, grounding, cleansing and spiritually uplifting.
Frankincense Rivae has been used traditionally as an incense to cleanse the home, sanctify ceremonies and sacred spaces. Both the essential oil and oleoresin of Frankincense Rivae are ingredients in traditional Bakhoor incense mixes across the region.
The scent of Frankincense Rivae, though unmistakably that of Frankincense, stands out with a smooth complexity. It is one of the most vibrant Frankincense types I have come across. It lends itself beautifully to natural incense work and can be used in various cremes, salves and oils.
Traditionally it is used to speed the healing of wounds and scar tissue, and as most other types of Frankincense, it is anti-inflammatory, reduces the appearance and the signs of ageing. It is often used in anti-ageing and anti-wrinkle cosmetic products.
Boswellia, or Frankincense Rivae, is an olfactory treat, a rare and unusual Frankincense that should not be missed.
You can find the essential oil of Frankincense Rivae that I distilled-here-https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/684427657/frankincense-rivae-essential-oil-a-rare
For more information on rare Frankincense types, ethical and sustainable harvest and Frankincense co-ops and how to use these ancient aromatics, please visit my blog at http://apothecarysgarden.com or http://fairtradefrankincense.com
To read more about my trip to visit the Frankincense collectors and for more photos please see my blog post here-https://apothecarysgarden.com/2019/03/04/the-frankincense-collectors-somali-region-ethiopia/