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Frankincense, Ethiopian Black
Form: Resin pieces and some powder
Unit size: 1 ounce
Esoteric Uses: Unknown
Esoteric Associations: Jupiter, Air
Incense Aroma: Very similar to Copal Negro, fresh, balsam resinous aroma, slightly sweet and minty - delightful
This is an unusual rare resin from Ethiopia. We have not yet been able to identify it by botanical name, but we think it may be a version of Boswellia papyrifera, which does turn black during part of the season.
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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