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A guide to the different types of Frankincense

A guide to the different types of Frankincense

, the best way to get acquainted with the Boswellia, AKA Frankincense family is to start with the classics. By classics I mean those types of Frankincense that were often the very first many of us experienced in a mosque, temple, synagogue, church, trip or Hippy commune.

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Suhul Myrrh. A gift from the trees

Suhul Myrrh. A gift from the trees

How much sweeter is this gift the tree offers freely than that which we take from her with machete and knife. Though myrrh resin is known for its bitterness, there is a soft sweetness in the aroma of Suhul Myrrh. It is usually lighter, brighter and more translucent than Sarac Myrrh.

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How to prepare Castoreum and other aromatic delights

How to prepare Castoreum and other aromatic delights

Castoreum has a deep, rich, tenacious, leathery, woody scent,often with smoky undertones and hints of forest trees and plants. Castoreum is used as a fixative and a base to middle note in “Masculine”, Oriental, Chypre type perfumes, and in leather accords which it can generate almost single-handedly.

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FAQ

How do I store resins and how long will they keep?
All aromatic materials should be stored in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. They can be kept in the special resealable pouches or tins we provide for up to a year. For longer-term storage, I suggest an airtight glass jar. Resins can last for decades this way if properly stored.
How do I grind Frankincense?
Many Frankincense preparations call for the material to first be powdered. When making liquid extracts this ensures the greatest amount of beneficial compounds will be absorbed by the liquid. You can find instructions for grinding Frankincense resins here-How to Grind Frankincense, Myrrh and other Oleoresins
Can I take Frankincense internally?
Frankincense and other resins have been used as medicine for hundreds if not thousands of years.
Traditionally, Frankincense tears are chewed or brewed for their medicinal properties.
Frankincense is also a part of many traditional medicine formulas where it is often powdered before blending it with other ingredients.
Some, prefer to take a powder of Frankincense as a supplement while others take a tincture or an oil infusion.
Whichever way you use Frankincense and other resins, please keep in mind that their essential oil contains only a minute portion of their therapeutic compounds and ingesting essential oils without the supervision of a health care professional can be very dangerous.
How do I chew Frankincense and other resins?
To chew Frankincense as gum, take a tear or piece of Frankincense about the size of a small pea and warm it in your mouth for half a minute. This will soften it and then you can chew away. Many people swallow the resin after it has broken down in their mouth. Others consider Frankincense Frereana to be the perfect chewing gum since it is a pure resin and does not break down after extensive chewing like the other Frankincense types.
How do I make a traditional Frankincense tea?
In Arabia, it is a common and traditional practice to sip on an infusion of Frankincense tears throughout the day to maintain health or when one feels under the weather. If you would like to explore this option you can find instructions here-How to make a traditional Frankincense tea
How do I make a tincture with Frankincense?
Tinctures are a popular way of benefitting from the therapeutic qualities of plants. A simple tincture of Frankincense can be made at home by adding 1 ounce of powdered Frankincense to 5 Ounces of Vodka and letting the mixture sit for 6-8 weeks before filtering through a paper coffee filter and storing in a clean sealed glass container. For other methods of making a tincture of Frankincense, you can find instructions here- How to make a tincture of Frankincense.
What is an oleo extract?
An oleo extract is an infusion of resin or oleoresin in a carrier oil. Since both the essential oil and the resin are oil-soluble, an oleo extract can collect most of the therapeutic compounds.
Can I make my own skincare products from Frankincense or other resin?
Yes you can! The easiest way to harness the healing compounds in resins for skincare is to make an oleo extract, also called an oil infusion. The oil not only eliminates the stickiness of the oleoresin but it helps the resin compounds penetrate the skin. Many use this type of preparation to nourish and moisturize the skin while helping to reduce wrinkles and signs of ageing. The oil extract of many oleoresins is also used as a topical treatment for respiratory issues and for the pain and inflammation of Arthritis. Frankincense, Elemi, Pine Spruce and the aromatic Copal resins are traditionally used in this way. You can find instructions for preparing your own oleo extract of Frankincense and other resins here-How to make an oil extract of Frankincense and other oleoresins

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