|Frankincense, Ethiopian Gold|
|Other names: Olibanum|
Uses: Banishing, consecration, protection, ritual fumigations, divination, exorcism
Associations: Sun, Fire
Aroma: Very sweet frankincense cirtus, one of the best of the African Carterri, very bright.
Form: Resin pieces
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.
For information on the difference between Frankincense and Olibanum please see our Frankincense v.s. Olibanum page.