Product of Somalia
Frankincense is a tree resin, or gummy sap that oozes from the bark of trees of the genus Boswellia, particularly B. sacra (B. carterii, Hojary or Beeyo).
Somalia accounts for most of the commercial production, but the resin is also harvested in other African countries such as Ethiopia and Sudan. The milky sap naturally exudes from the bark and hardens into clear yellow teardrop shaped lumps known as tears, but this can be forced by making incisions in the bark and tapping the resin.
Frankincense has been traded for over 5,000 years. It is extremely fragrant and was used as perfumes and incense during religious ceremonies among Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Israelites. Frankincense gives off a rich, sweet and citrusy aroma and smoke has been used to drive away insects. It has even shown antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties and was used in salves for wounds and sores, for indigestion, chronic coughs, and to embalm bodies.
The best way to burn Frankincense is to light a piece of charcoal with a lighter and place it onto a burner. Then place a small piece of Frankincense resin on top and allow to smoke.
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