Frankincense: history, uses & benefits

Frankincense and Myrrh are perhaps the most well know ingredients in all of incense making. They are said to have been used in healing and spiritual practices for over 5000 years. A well-known commodity on the incense and spice route, their value far outweighed even gold. 

Coming from the same plant family, Burseraceae, Frankincense and Myrrh grow in dry climates like Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Oman and Ethiopia. They are small shrub-like trees, which are not distinctive in any particular way - however they bare the most precious gifts of healing fragrance.

Frankincense Tree in Dhofar mountain, Oman

Frankincense Tree in Dhofar mountain, Oman

Some of the health benefits of these two beautiful scented resins are said to be anti-depressant, anti-septic and anti-inflammatory. They are able to stimulate the immune system, promote wound healing, as well as alleviate pain. Healers would use these substances as treatments for illness and also to stimulate the mind and body for spiritual practices. Many Ayurvedic products are still made with extracts of these wondrous herbs.

Meditation practitioners believe in the medicinal benefits of burning high quality natural frankincense and myrrh incense for achieving mental clarity, as it is said that the tree resins could open the mind and strengthen memory. So alongside sandalwood, frankincense and myrrh incense is one of the most requested blends favoured by monasteries, churches and spiritual places for cleansing the space. Further more the ancients documented the use of frankincense as having hallucinogenic properties, so this was ideal for shamans to get into altered states of consciousness.  

Many people looking for high-end incense will most likely stumble across blends of precious frankincense and myrrh, as they are now rare woods. Please see Labrang (Frankincense & Myrrh) and Ta'er (Sandalwood), to view our rare wood incense blends.

Healing, HerbsEmma Leafe