This is the fragrant pure resin extracted from Frankincense Sacra-Royal Green Hojari after hydro distilling its essential oils. It has a lovely aroma and is perfect as an ingredient in solid perfumes, salves, cremes, cosmetics, incense blends and moustache wax recipes since it dissolves readily in warm carrier oils and waxes in the water bath.
In its natural form as an oleo-gum-resin, Frankincense Sacra will not blend homogeneously with oils and waxes.
However, when all water-soluble gum is removed, as in the distillation process, it dissolves easily in pure alcohol, warm vegetable oils and waxes, becoming a perfect base for making Frankincense products.
Though we often assume all the scent in our aromatic plants is found exclusively in their essential oils, resins have taught me that they too have their own distinct aroma which often acts as an excellent fixative, anchoring other more fleeting fragrances.
I have found that most tree resins have an affinity for our skin. This could be attributed to the resin’s function of healing the skin of the tree, but regardless of the reason, resins mixed with a carrier oil leave the skin feeling soft, supple, smooth and just happy.
A ratio of 1 part resin to 3 to 5 parts carrier oil creates a lovely fragrant and skin-loving oil which can also be used as the oil phase of oil/water cremes
In a Moustache or beard wax, it performs the same as fresh oleoresin, giving great hold and shaping power while “perming” facial hair to the desired shape and lending a distinguished Frankincense fragrance.
In rejuvenative cremes it delivers the traditional anti-aging and skin toning properties associated with Frankincense. Much more so than the essential oil alone.
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Considered the premier Frankincense of Oman, this shipment of Royal Green Hojari is indeed a particularly beautiful and fragrant resin.
Traditionally reserved for medicine, high-end incense and tea, these large succulent pieces share a green cast and a delightful sweet citrus scent.
It takes many Kilograms of regular Omani Frankincense resin to collect a handful of the prized “Royal Hojari. In turn, it takes many Kilograms of Royal Hojari Frankincense to gather a handful of the coveted green Frankincense tears.
During the sorting process which involves women of the community for much of the year, each tear of Frankincense is graded by size shape and colour.
The cream of the crop are the green-tinted tears that show up occasionally in each sorters pile and are considered the best of the best, reserved for medicine, special occasions and royalty.
With a delicately sweet, Piney, minty, citrus note, the scent of this resin suits its unique colour.
A staple of churches, Mosques and temples around the world, Frankincense resin is traditionally used as incense and medicine.
Frankincense Sacra from Arabia and Oman is one of the frankincense types that contain Boswellic acids which have been shown in laboratory studies to be anti-inflammatory and cause apoptosis in a variety of cancer types. Green Royal Hojari is highly valued in traditional Arabian folk-medicine.
It is easy to work with and its beautiful fragrance follows it through every product you make. For more information, recipes and instructions on making your own therapeutic or cosmetic products from Frankincense resin, please visit-https://apothecarysgarden.com/2014/07/30/how-to-make-a-whole-extract-of-frankincense-and-other-oleoresins
For recipes, instructions and more information about the different types of Frankincense, Myrrh and other oleoresins, please visit my blog at http://fairtradefrankincense.com or http://apothecarysgarden.com.
To learn more about the therapeutic properties of Frankincense and how to use Frankincense resins please see this blog post-https://apothecarysgarden.com/2018/02/28/frankincense-medicine-truth-myth-and-misinformation/
Note- Botanically, Boswellia Sacra from Arabia and Boswellia Carterii from East Africa are considered the same species. However, visually, aromatically and chemically they set themselves apart from each other. For this reason, I distinguish this resin from Oman as Boswellia Sacra.