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Frankincense trees are native to the Arabian Peninsula (Oman and Yemen) and North-eastern Africa (Somalia). The resin is extracted by making small incisions either in tree trunk or branches. The resinous tree sap flows out and hardens on contact with air forming so called ‘tears’, which are then collected by hand.
In many areas of the world frankincense resin was considered sacred and used as part of the religious ceremonies by the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Israelites. In the 5th century BC, a Greek historian Herodotus wrote about frankincense being used by Egyptians in preparation of animal sacrifices and mummification. Frankincense is mentioned in various texts, including the Bible.
Christian and Orthodox churches are well known for burning frankincense during their services. It is still used in many parts of the Arab world where many believe it is most protective, helping to dispel evil spirits.
From our distillation of Frankincense essential oil distilled in Halkidiki, Macedonia.
How we use it:
- Frankincense hydrolat is said to have a fantastic affinity with the skin. We enjoy misting it over our faces in summer.
- Believed to be useful in antiwrinkle treatments, it is often combined with cistus hydrolat or incorporated into the face masks.
- It is also used as a ‘gargle’ in mouth and / or gum infections. For this we would recommend combining with our helichrysum hydrolat.
- Spray or diffuse in an ultrasonic vapouriser before meditation.