Black Frankincense Sacra

This unusual type of Frankincense Sacra is quite different from the Oman Frankincense we are familiar with. Though it does not rate high in the traditional Omani grading system, (Likely due to the absence of well-defined tears), it is favoured by distillers, perfumers and incense makers for its unique aromatic characteristics and abundance of essential oil which lends it its stickiness and intense aroma.
It conveys these aromatic qualities readily to incense blends, teas, oils, salves, tinctures and cremes.

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Sweeter than the Black Frankincense carterii from Somalia, it has deep notes of amber, wildflower honey, and delicate spices with soft green notes wafting through.
Instead of the lemon top note shared by other types of Omani Frankincense, it has sweet hints of citrus, (Like fresh Tangerines ripening somewhere nearby).

Black Frankincense sacra makes a gorgeous incense on its own or if desired, small pieces can be warmed and rolled between the fingers into balls, blended with essential oils or rolled in fragrant wood powders such as Agarwood and Sandalwood to create unique incense Pastilles.

As many other Frankincense types, it contains Boswellic acids which have been shown to exhibit anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties.
The Boswellic acids contribute to its traditional use in cosmetic and therapeutic oils, salves cremes and liniments used for mature skin, joint pain, arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
For more information, recipes and instructions on making your own therapeutic or cosmetic products from Frankincense resin, please visit my blog at or see my post at

There are about 18 species of Frankincense in the world. Though not all of them yield resin on a commercial scale, those that do have been used for centuries in incense, perfume and traditional folk medicine in the areas they grow.


If your resin is sticky, removing it from the plastic wrapper may be difficult. My trick and workaround is to place the bag in the fridge or freezer for 15-30 minutes before separating it from its package. After chilling, it will detach with ease and without leaving any material stuck to the wrapper.

Materials: Boswellia Sacra, Black Frankincense, Black Sacra, AKBA, Boswellic Acids.

Customer Reviews

Based on 87 reviews
Wilburn (Ashburn, US)
Quick shipping from out of the country and...

Quick shipping from out of the country and very generous weights. This is super high quality black frankincense sticky but solid. The best!!!

Kellen (Ashburn, US)
The smell is blissful! Truly lovely.

The smell is blissful! Truly lovely.

Ward (Ashburn, US)
Outstanding quality and experience! Return...

Outstanding quality and experience! Return customer and I will always continue to frequent Apothecary's Garden. Absolutely unmatched!

James Cleaves (North Easton, US)
Black Frankincense

While I have never disliked anything from Apothecary's Garden, we all have our favorites and this isn't in my top three, for example. Well worth the experience though. A bit acrid, but intriguing nonetheless. Try it.

Maiya (Ashburn, US)
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