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Form: Resin pieces
Unit size: 1 ounce
Other names: Olibanum, Frank Incense
Esoteric Uses: Banishing, consecration, protection, ritual fumigations, divination, exorcism
Esoteric Associations: Sun, Fire
Incense Aroma: Bright and clear lemon aroma, turning to citrus later as it burns
Frankincense is similar to Olibanum, but is usually differentiated from it by a distinct lemon aroma, as opposed to the Olibanum's orange aroma. Frankincense is called for in many ancient and medieval recipes, and is the most commonly found ingredient in incense blends. The Kohl substance that ancient Egyptian women used to darken the area around the eyes with was made of charred Frankincense or Olibanum sometimes mixed with other resins and herbs.
Frankincense is a bitter, strong smelling and warming herb with nervine, antiseptic, expectorant and decongestant properties. Frankincense is stimulant, but seldom used now internally, though formerly was in great repute . Pliny mentions it as an antidote to hemlock. Avicenna (tenth century) recommends it for tumors, ulcers, vomiting, dysentery and fevers. In China it is used for leprosy.
For information on the difference between Frankincense and Olibanum please see our Frankincense v.s. Olibanum page.
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Posted by Harry Coburn on 23rd Sep 2014
I received this as part of the sampler. It is a frankincense, but the chunks that I had burned poorly on charcoal. A small whiff of the scent and then it would char. Recommend grinding first into a powder or burning it as part of a blend.