Frankincense gets its name from the term “franc encens", which means “high-quality incense” in French. Considered to be a “pure incense”, it was the most desirable of all the other types of incense. Frankincense is a resin obtained from trees of Boswellia trees and while there are many species of Boswellia trees, the resins produced by each of them differ greatly in terms of quality.
The earliest and best-known source of Frankincense is the country of Oman, which has shipped this fragrant resin to regions like the Mediterranean, India, and China for thousands of years. Highly treasured and rich with ancient roots, Frankincense was considered a gift of kings.
The 5000 year old history of Frankincense usage has Medieval roots and is closely linked with being burned in sacred places and religious rituals, as it was valued for its powerful aroma and the white smoke it exuded when burned. It is also famously known as one of the gifts of the Magi and was worth its weight in gold! It was also used in perfume, cosmetics such as eyeliner, salves, and Egyptian mummification methods. Today, there are still daily uses for Frankincense in many cultures, namely Somali, Ethiopian, Arabian, and Indian cultures.
Since ancient times, Frankincense has been used to help heal the body, mind, and soul. Burn a little of this resin (either on a charcoal disk or in an electric burner) to bring a cleansing, energizing & purifying energy to your sacred space. Great for meditation or for anytime during the day when you'd like an extra dose of calm, peace & quiet.
Aroma : Can be described as a little woody, earthy, and spicy with a slight fruity nuance
Frankincense is believed to have a sattwic, or purifying effect on the mind and nervous system.
Pacify vata dosha (calming and replenishing the mind and nervous system)
Revitalize and uplift, helping to clear excess kapha (thereby helping to relieve exhaustion, mental fatigue and depression)
Cleanse the respiratory tract (a main site of kapha) and can help treat respiratory discomfort
Frankincense is associated with the element fire, the Sun, and is thought to be masculine in nature. In ancient Egypt, frankincense was burnt to honour Ra and Baal. Frankincense is thought to have strong vibrations that drive away negative energies when burned, and is therefore very useful in spiritual rituals and meditation.
Purify the air energetically & physicaly
Helps boost memory & learning
Calms and relaxes the mind and helps to alleviate anxiety/stress
May help open up the breath & ease congestion