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Frankincense, Arabia White
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 husky 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 Tammy on 3rd Oct 2015
I can't compare this frankincense to any other, as it's the first time I've ever used frankincense. But I can tell you that I love this stuff! It has a light, lemony smell at first, and then a sweeter smell as it caramelizes. Instead of burning it, I do something that makes it last longer. I take a tealight candle out of its aluminum holder. I then put a little frankincense in. Not a lot- just enough to cover about half of the bottom. Then I put the dish into a potpourri warmer. In about 10 minutes, my bedroom smells lovely, and the frankincense continues to release scent for 1 to 2 hours. I have clinical depression and it disappears within minutes every single time I use the frankincense this way. FYI it also smells good with just about any other incense. I usually break up an incense stick and put it in the dish to warm with my frankincense.
Posted by Nacho on 23rd Jan 2015
This incense reminds me the typical liturgical incense with hints of vanilla.
Although this is one that I like most from the sample, I might prefer the sweet Arabia
Posted by Harry Coburn on 23rd Sep 2014
Out of the resins in the Frankincense sampler pack, this one was my favorite. It made me smile all over. Bold scent, quite solar. Definitely one to use if you want this for solar rites.