Sustainable Frankincense Neglecta. Directly from the women of the Samburu Tribe!

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After 5 years of travelling back and forth to visit the women of the Samburu tribe in Northern Kenya, we have finally established direct trade from the collectors to us in the West!

This is the first shipment of co-op harvested resins from the Samburu women and hopefully the beginning of a long and fruitful …

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After 5 years of travelling back and forth to visit the women of the Samburu tribe in Northern Kenya, we have finally established direct trade of Frankincense neglecta from the collectors to us in the West!

This is the first shipment of co-op harvested resins from the Samburu women and hopefully the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship.

All we need now are customers to support this project. We have 2 very special wholesalers who have a passion for fair trade and sustainability and are ready to deliver these resins to distillers and retailers in North America and in Europe.

This resin is fresh and fragrant, full of essential oil that can easily be distilled. It is sustainably harvested and fairly traded.

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. 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 which is in the form of cattle, sheep, goats and camels. The women do much of the work with little to no monetary return. Many of the women collect resins and bring them to market every week or two. This gives them their own income which they use 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 types of resin-bearing trees.
Harming nature is frowned upon and contrary to their belief system and their reverence for their Nature Goddess N’gai. The Samburu only collect the resins that form due to incidental 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 it is believed 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 dark B. Neglecta incense. Yes…I had to see this for myself and it is true!! Initial injury generates a clear sap that hardens translucent and light golden.

Subsequent to injury the tree creates “Traumatic Resin Ducts” as does our Northern Spruce. These ducts then generate a special therapeutic sap called “Callus Resin”, that acts as a bandage and promotes the growth of protective tissue that heals the wounds, creates scar tissue and isolates healthy flesh from diseased. In Scandinavia, the Spruce callus resin is used in traditional salves for slow healing wounds, diabetic ulcers and post-surgical wounds.

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 is calming and strengthening to both mind and heart, aids in meditation and concentration, and helps raise one’s spirits.

When burned as incense, it helps cleanse a space and create a sense of sacredness.

Sometimes called “Dakar”, the aroma of Frankincense Neglecta, though unmistakably that of Frankincense, stands out with clean, crisp, sweet, earthy notes, reminiscent of our northern Balsam Fir trees.

This unusual type of Frankincense has been used locally for generations as a sacred incense and as medicine specific for respiratory complaints. The Samburu burn it when a child is sick, when a woman is in labour and during childbirth from what I could gather.

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 which makes a most excellent chest rub for congestions, asthma, bronchitis and colds.

This is the resin I use to make my Frankincense neglecta Oleo Extract which I refer to as “Heartsease Oil”, which I find reduces feelings of anxiety, panic and tightness/heaviness of the chest. Apparently, it has the same effect for many others when massaged into the chest.

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, this oleoresin 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/

Dan

————————————————-WHAT CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT THIS PRODUCT—————————————————

“An utterly fantastic aromatic profile — both as straight oleoresin incense or tinctured. Hearty spice with a clean, smoked edge. Citric backing, but not lemony like Boswellia carterii. Really wonderful in a deep, enrobing way.”

“The smell of these resinous chips just permeated the whole packaging. Delightful.”

“Top shelf seller in every way. Highly recommend. Freshest Boswellia resins ever. Thank you so much!”

“Nice, and happy that it’s Fair Trade too :)”

“Will definitely order again. Great product.”

“Great product, good seller, fast shipping”

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AKBA, Boswellia Neglecta, Boswellic Acids, Fair trade Frankincense, Frankincense Neglecta, Fresh Frankincense resin, Natural frankincense oleo resin, oleoresin, Sustainable resins

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  1. Emanuel Mills

    Emanuel Mills

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  2. Imogene Dibbert

    Imogene Dibbert

    Great quality, smells amazing. Best I’ve found yet.

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  3. Juana Morar

    Juana Morar

    Came quickly, exactly as in the picture, and smells wonderful.

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  4. Harry Mills

    Harry Mills

    Pleasant fragrance from this resin. Highly recommended.

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  5. Ramona Wintheiser

    Ramona Wintheiser

    Simply beautiful and nice fragrance!

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  6. Abby Nader

    Abby Nader

    This is the dark side of Frankincence I never knew I needed to experience. Get some and immerse yourself in a unique experience.

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  7. Jordy Langosh

    Jordy Langosh

    Gorgeous scent! Packaged carefully, shipped quickly. Great shop!

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  11. Whitney Ondricka

    Whitney Ondricka

    great smell, amazing quality thank you Dan

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  12. Cyril Bechtelar

    Cyril Bechtelar

    About the delivery I'm happy, about the product I'm not so happy, doesn't smell nice, my opinion

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  14. Bella Lesch

    Bella Lesch

    There's some vegetable matter inclusions, but that's to be expected with the method of harvesting. The smell is beautiful, I'd call it a woody musk with a hint of gentle astringency. Very pleased to have this

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  15. Jeffry Heidenreich

    Jeffry Heidenreich

    Hands down one of the best around. Not just on Etsy, but anywhere. Amazing plants gathered in a good way. And the best service around. Thanks, Dan!

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  16. Crystel Graham

    Crystel Graham

    I've tried about 5 or 6 types of frankincense before and none of them have ever smelled this bad. Super bummed out

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  17. Tania Crona

    Tania Crona

    Currently raining with a better than average change that it will turn into freezing rain.
    Travel is not suggested this afternoon.
    Local weather channel just issued a winter weather advisory.
    Frankincense Neglecta is on mind mind.
    What an enjoyable way to just chill and remember that spring is just around the corner.
    Thanks Dan for making my day just a little more tolerable.

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  18. Paul Kuhlman

    Paul Kuhlman

    Beautiful dark earthy resin. Balsamic, slightly camphoric, animalic, and yes, earthy earthy. Great to contrast with the Neglecta Thurimel available in this shop as well. Every time I smell this it instantly takes me back to a tea stall in Reckong Peo during the freezing winter. Long story! Will definitely reorder in larger quantities. I'm also happy that the collection of this resin wasn't done in a harmful fashion. Happy to support this effort.

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  20. Karina Howe

    Karina Howe

    Black gold, thrilled to find such good frankincense.

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  21. Alverta Lindgren

    Alverta Lindgren

    Very good quality, exactly what I need. Fast delivery
    Thank you

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  22. Michaela McClure

    Michaela McClure

    Smells like how I remember it being as a kid, very good quality!

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  23. Trudie Padberg

    Trudie Padberg

    love this product. never disappointed with this shop!

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  24. Jocelyn Cronin

    Jocelyn Cronin

    Smells amazing! Looks amazing! Freshest resin I've ever purchased, as fresh as if I could have collect it myself. Looking forward to making more purchases! Thank you.

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  25. Duncan Stamm

    Duncan Stamm

    As described, pictured, and promised. Obvious care is taken in packaging, customer service, and the selection and explanation of the product. Helpful, practical notes, links and illuminating stories and history in the descriptions. The respect and nurturing of the sources are reflected as the materials nurture and respect you.

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  26. Alvah Bergstrom

    Alvah Bergstrom

    Arrived quickly, and well packed

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  27. Aiyana Welch

    Aiyana Welch

    I have had only great experience with quality, shipping and the whole experience. Excellent

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  28. Armando Kessler

    Armando Kessler

    Lovely frankincense and such a lovely story behind this resin. 💚

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  29. Alisha Koss

    Alisha Koss

    Item came as described. I would buy from this person again.

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  30. Joesph Kuvalis

    Joesph Kuvalis

    Nice material . Nice magic .

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