Also referred to as Frankincense Frereana Resin Absolute, this is a fragrant pourable, honey-like liquid which contains ALL the fragrant compounds present in Frankincense Frereana, ie: both the essential oils and the aromatic resin of Boswellia Frereana. It is produced using food grade alcohol alone. No harsh chemical solvents were used in the extraction process.
Using only pure alcohol, fresh Frankincense Frereana oleoresin is powdered and immersed in 95% ethanol. It is allowed to macerate at a controlled temperature and stirred daily for a minimum of 8 weeks before it is filtered to separate the odourless water-soluble gum compounds.
The filtered liquid is evaporated gently at room temperature to remove excess alcohol creating a thick aromatic liquid that dissolves readily in alcohol.
It has a sensuous, sweet, warm, woody Amber scent highlighted by honey, spice and light musk notes.
It acts as a fixative and heart-note in perfume compositions anchoring more fleeting and volatile scents and is useful in incense making as a binder and an aromatic ingredient since it burns clean and sweet.
It blends easily with room temperature alcohol and to my surprise, it blends easily with carrier oils such as Fractionated Coconut oil and Jojoba making it ideal as an ingredient in oil-based and solid perfumes, cremes, salves, lotions and soaps.
You will find instructions and recipes for working with Frankincense and other oleoresins on my blog-www.apothecarysgarden.com
MAYDI-BOSWELLIA FREREANA-FRANKINCENSE FREREANA-SOMALIA
Perhaps the least known Frankincense type in the Western world, but one of the most prized in Arabia and Africa, Boswellia Frereana is Native to the Somali Puntland and the Somaliland highlands, it is their pride and joy. In Somalia and neighbouring countries, it is called Maydi and considered the King of Frankincenses. The fragrance of Boswellia frereana is a warm Amber highlighted by honey, spice and light musk notes.
Though Boswellia frereana has a very different chemical composition than other types of Frankincense and contains no Boswellic acids, it is used traditionally as medicine and has been shown in laboratory studies to be anti-inflammatory and able to kill the H. Pylori bacteria that causes Gastric ulcers. It is traditionally thought to help alleviate Arthritic pain and support healthy joints.
Boswellia Frereana is widely used as a high-end chewing gum for oral care, peptic ulcers, and is considered antiseptic and anti-inflammatory for both the gastrointestinal and the urinary tract. It is believed that the body benefits from these therapeutic actions through chewing the raw resin. Maydi has been used in anti-ageing and rejuvenative cosmetic preparations and is believed to reduce wrinkles and add elasticity to mature skin.
Collected by traditional harvester clans and families in the mountains of the Somali Puntland, from often precarious cliff growing trees. It is brought down to the coastal plain on the backs of donkeys to be sorted, packaged and sold. It is often bought up quickly by the Coptic church as their signature incense, and traders from across the Red Sea who sell most of their product to Saudia Arabia and other Arabian countries where it is in great demand as a high end chewing gum and incense material. Frankincense Frereana is so much in demand in these countries that the harvest is often pre-purchased a year in advance to guarantee supply.
Frankincense Frereana Absolute is useful as a heart-note and fixative in natural and Botanical perfumes. It can be used as an incense or ingredient and binder for compound incenses,
Due to its near complete solubility in alcohol, waxes and vegetable oils, it can bring its fragrant anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing properties to cremes, salves, tinctures and many other natural cosmetics, aromatic and therapeutic products.
For more information about Frankincense Frereana, instructions and recipes for using it in healing oils, salves and cremes, please visit my website at http://apothecarysgarden.com
To use this natural oleoresin of Frankincense Frereana as a chewing gum, take a few lentil sized tears, or one pea-sized piece, let it warm a bit in your mouth to soften, then as it is chewed it will come together to form a wonderfully fragrant and healing gum that will last for a long time. It helps freshen the breath and massage the gums. It is believed to have a calming effect on the mind and stimulate memory and brain function.