Frankincense Resin Organic and Fair-trade
Frankincense(Boswellia serrata) is from the French word ‘Franc’ meaning ‘luxuriant’ also translated as ‘real incense’.
The traditional applications of Frankincense are very diverse – ranging from dental disease to skin conditions, to respiratory complaints and digestive troubles.
The resin was chewed to stimulate the gums and treat dental infections and sore gums and to generally strengthen the teeth. Buds and fruit provided a cleansing tonic for the digestive system. Brewed into a decoction with Cinnamon and Cardamom the resin was used to treat stomach aches. Burnt as incense it was not only thought to keep off the demons of disease and reduce pain, but it was also thought to act as an expectorant and was used to clear phlegm from the head and chest in cases of colds, flu, and conditions of the upper respiratory tract.
Frankincense was thought to improve memory and dispel lethargy. As an admixture to white wine and the lungs of a hare, it was also used as a remedy for epilepsy, while the smoke of the smoldering resin was used to treat severe and persistent headaches.
The smoke is also a powerful insect deterrent and thus served as a prophylactic to prevent the bites of malaria-carrying mosquitoes.
Frankincense also played a role in women’s medicine – the bark was chewed for morning sickness and a potion made from the resin dissolved in liquid was thought to ease difficult labour. During and after birth frankincense was burnt for 40 days in order to protect mother and child. The mother would also fumigate herself by squatting over the smoldering resin in order to restore muscle tone, support healing of any birth scarring or laceration and to speed recovery from the strains of labour.
Modern research has focused on Frankincense’ anti-inflammatory properties, particularly in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and soft tissue rheumatism for which it appears to be extremely useful. Other effective treatments include extracts administered for gastrointestinal diseases such as colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Since ancient times the clean, fresh, balsamic fragrance of Frankincense has been utilized to as perfume – the very word perfume derives from the Latin ‘par fumer’ – through the (incense) smoke, a direct reference as to the origin of the practice of perfuming. Clothes were fumigated, not only to give them a pleasant smell but also to cleanse them. Perfuming is a cleansing practice.
In Dhofar, not only clothes were perfumed, but other articles such as water jugs were also cleansed with smoke to kill bacteria and energetically purify the vessel of life-giving water, just as smudging is practiced today as a method of cleansing ritual objects and purifying the aura of participants as vessels of the divine spirit.
Today, Frankincense essential oil is used as a fixative and precious oil not only in the perfume industry but also lends its scent to soaps, detergents, and numerous cosmetic articles. In ancient times the charcoaled remains of the smouldered resin was powdered and mixed with waxes, oils and other substances to create Kajal (Khol) – the black eyeliner, which can be observed in every depiction of ancient Egyptian divinities and is still available as a beauty product today – though most brands no longer contain Frankincense. In ancient times this eyeliner was not just used for cosmetic purposes though – it was also believed to have protective properties and improve vision.
Our Fairtrade Frankincense Resin is imported directly to us from Somalia, so the quality is good and fresh. There are bigger and smaller sized pieces in each packet as it is a natural product.
It is best burnt on charcoal discs and in a solid heat-proof holder. Once the charcoal is lit you can spoon the resin on in small amounts. Don’t leave unattended.
|Dimensions||6 × 4 × 3 cm|
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