Frankincense tears consist of the resin obtained from Boswellia carter, a species of tree native to Arabia, India and northern Africa. It takes between 8 and 10 years for these small, thorny, shrub-like trees to mature before the milky resin can be hand-harvested
Frankincense is a water/alcohol soluble oleoresins. They are usually the exudates formed on the surface of trees and plants, which we have collected and used as medicine, perfume, incense, adhesives and for many other applications, since time immemorial, across the globe, and in most every human culture. Though we like to call them saps, they differ from the true sap of the tree since they are usually produced by special ducts close to the surface of the tree in response to injury. Saps are usually considered the liquid that the tree produces deeper in itself which carries nutrients between roots and the farthest reaches of the tree. Usually accessed by deep tapping of the tree. Our fragrant oleoresins are sometimes exuded naturally, or more often than not in response to our intentional damaging of the bark to produce a resinous response from the tree to the wounding. Usually this method of encouraging the tree to produce oleoresins does little harm.
As incense, these oleoresins are burned, alone or in combination with other fragrant natural materials such as powdered barks, flowers and essential oils. In ancient times, hot embers from the fire were used to burn incense resins. Today most cultures around the world use manufactured charcoal pucks, made from compressed powdered, partly burnt wood. . In countries where burning oleoresins is a daily tradition, one will find simple and ornate electric burners in most homes.
Frankincense tears (Granules)
Also called olibanum. One of the gifts given to baby Jesus by the Wise Men. Frankincense is a water/alcohol soluble resin. It is much easier to work with frankincense when it is in powder form. In order to do this, freeze the frankincense overnight, and then grind it using a mortar & pestal or an electric grinder. Frankincense will dissolve in water, but will do so more rapidly when placed in boiling water.
1. Frankincense can be used as a natural decoration in candle making. Herbs should not be added to candle wax that is actually burned. It can be added to hurricane shells that are never burned, or simply placed around the base of pillars as a decoration. Herbs can, however, be added to candle wax and used as non-burning tarts.
2. Frankincense can be used in many potpourri formulations
3. Frankincense can be ground and used in natural bath tea recipes
4. Frankincense can be ground and used in soap recipes to rejuvenate the skin, treat acne, fight fungal and bacterial infections, and to treat wounds.
5. Frankincense can be used in the formulation of natural infusions.
6. Frankincense can be ground and used in the formulations of perfumes.
7. Frankincense can be ground and used in lotions, creams, and ointments.
8. Frankincense can be ground and used in emulsifying scrubs.
9. Frankincense tears can be burned as incense. Frankincense can be placed in boiling water and the steam inhaled to help reduce sinus and lung congestion.
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