- Essential Oils & Extracts
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Also known as Olibanum, the Frankincense tree looks more like a tall, handsome shrub. Its many knurled branches rarely reach more than 22 feet in height and are topped with abundant slender leaves. It is the sap of this tree that holds profound medicinal properties. To extract it, the bark is pierced with a knife (known traditionally as a 'mingaf') and a milky-white oleoresin is removed in small amounts to ensure the tree is not harmed (Myrrh is also harvested this way).
Our essential oil is sourced from the resin of Frankincense trees wild-grown in Somalia. It's a native species to northern Africa, and is capable of growing in some of the worlds most arid, parched regions. Known as "liquid pearls from the tree of life", the resin forms droplets that harden into the walnut-sized orange-brown gum known as Frankincense. The English name of this natural incense is derived from the medieval French 'franc', meaning 'pure' or 'free', and from the Latin 'incensium', meaning 'to smokeâ€™. We offer Frankincense essential oil derived from three varieties of tree: Boswellia carteri from Somalia and Boswellia serrata from western India and Boswellia sacra from Oman. Both Serrata and Carteri varieties are distilled using carbon dioxide. This means that the resin is never exposed to high temperatures in the extraction process. It is instead immersed in liquid carbon dioxide that evaporates when the process is complete. The CO2 distillation process draws larger molecules into the oil than is possible using steam distillation, allowing all medicinal properties of the sacred resin to remain present in the distilled essential oil.