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Frankincense - A History & Benefits

‘Tis the Season!

Frankincense is fraught with history, legends, truth and amazing benefits to us all.

As the Christmas Season comes upon us, we hear about frankincense but many are unsure of what it is for and why it has carried such prominence over so many centuries.

Most of us are familiar with the Christmas story and the Three Wise Men, or Magi, who brought gifts to the newborn babe, Jesus.  They arrived with Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh.  This is usually the first time many of us have heard of frankincense in this part of the world.  Frankincense comes from western Oman, in southwest Asia on the south east coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in these countries it is commonly used as a deodorant, as toothpaste and added to foods and drinks.

Historically, it became popular in Europe and Asia and helped to build the Silk Road and other trade routes of the time.  Even though it was very expensive, its benefits were desired by the European and Asian communities.  In fact, the camel became domesticated, in part, because of its value as transport for this valuable commodity.

Frankincense and Myrrh were used by many ancient cultures as part of their religious ceremonies and burial rituals.  It is said the Roman Emperor, Nero, burned an entire year’s harvest at the burial of his favorite concubine.

In addition to having a wonderful scent, frankincense has been used as a remedy for a myriad of ailments including ulcers, nausea, fever, indigestion, coughs and so much more. It is known to fight disease-causing inflammation, it boosts the immune system, helps to heal wounds and prevents infection.  Female hormonal issues are dealt with effectively and it is known to help reduce wrinkles and slow down the aging process.  

The resin can be burned and the smoke drives away flying insects such as mosquitoes which is very helpful in regions afflicted with malaria.

Frankincense is an oil or resinous sap which is very aromatic.  Frankincense comes from a specific tree, the Boswelia.  Careful incisions are made in the tree at certain times of the year and the milky sap slowly weeps from the tree.  As the sap dries, the tears are collected and distilled into essential oil or dried into resin which can then be burned.

At Back to Earth we recognize the value of this incredible oil and have included it in many of our products so you can enjoy the benefit of this ancient healing oil in many ways. 

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