1. I love the resin warmed in an incense heater.
2. I love the essential oils from all the various species.
3. It was probably the first plant harvested for its fragrance, for incense.
4. It was probably the first plant made into unguents, and used medicinally.
5. It is, according to some sources, on a path towards endangered status, for various reasons.
6. My friend Trygve, of Enfleurage NYC, lives in Oman, takes hundreds of pictures, and has shared them with me, and I'll share them with you. PS. She makes frankincense ice cream!
7. I have a tiny sapling of Boswellia sacra, and I call "him" Baby Franco. I'll chronicle his growth here.
8. Two types of frankincense, an oil and a resinoid, form the base of my Light perfume. The frankincense highlights and bridges the various citruses used in Light, and makes for a seamless, long-lasting cologne.
Here are true "hojary" or "howjary" trees, regarded as the finest quality frankincense.
Photo credit: Trygve Harris
Did you know that the resin is only collected during the deciduous season (when the trees are leafless)?
In future posts, I'll write about the history, cultivation and processing of frankincense, but right now, I'm just enjoying the visuals of this historic fragrant plant. Stunning raw beauty!
Do you have a reason you love frankincense? Please leave a comment.