Where it all began
Our story begins with the Boswellia tree. Whether you’re walking among the limestone cliffs of Oman or the rocky plains of Somalia, you’re sure to come across a frankincense-giving tree. Sacred Frankincense essential oil is derived from the sap of the Boswellia sacra in Oman, and Frankincense essential oil comes from the Boswellia frereana in Somalia—both trees spindly, ethereal, and wild in their own right.
The Boswellia tree can grow with little to no soil, blooms with white or pale rose-colored flowers, and has bark that feels like the pages of a storybook. These trees adapt to thrive on steep slopes and ravines where they produce enough gum resin for harvesting.
From roots to riches
Like all good things, the creation of gum resin takes time. Once the bark has been gently cut back to let the sap exude and harden (a two- to three-month process), the sap is harvested and ready for steam distillation. Today we treasure the essential oil that is produced from the resin, but in ancient times, the resin was given as a gift and burned to purify the air. It’s no wonder the name is a derivative of the French words franc encens, meaning “high-quality incense.”
Frankincense has roots that run deeper than being a treasured gift. Frankincense was used by Hebrews and Christians nearly 2,000 years ago in religious ceremonies, making the demand for frankincense so high that it quickly become one of the most sought-after trade items in the world.
A journey across the world
With increased popularity, frankincense found a place in homes around the globe. Passed through traders and travelers, royals and rulers, this precious commodity made its way from place to place by sea and caravan. And its popularity is no wonder when you catch a trace of its scent. Honeyed, rich, and balsamic, Frankincense oils will have you swept away to serenity in no time. Combine with Bergamot and Ylang Ylang for a distinctive, sweet, grounding smell.
Want to tone down the sweetness? Switch out Sacred Frankincense for Frankincense!
More valuable than gold
As word traveled, frankincense became known for its adaptability and powerhouse properties. The true tales of the power of frankincense spread so far and wide that legend says that planting the Boswellia tree could ensure protection from dragons. While dragons are a thing of fairytales, it’s no fable to say that frankincense was considered more valuable than gold.
A gift for all
It’s not true that all good things come to an end. It has been thousands of years, but frankincense is still a household name. Why? Because of the skin-supporting, peace-promoting, meditation-motivating essential oil that’s derived from the ancient resin. A small but mighty duo, Frankincense and Sacred Frankincense essential oils have passed through history and time to become a staple in your home.
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