Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is an aromatic resin used in incense and perfumes, obtained from the trees of the genus Boswellia.
The word is from the Old French “franc encens” meaning “high quality incense”. Frankincense is tapped from these trees by striping and letting the exuded resin bleed out and harden. The hardened streaks of resin are called tears. Several species and varieties of frankincense trees each produce a slightly different type of resin.
Frankincense has been traded on the Arabian Peninsula for more than 6000 years. It received also numerous mentions in the New Testament. It was one one of the gifts, together with gold and myrrh, that was offered to the infant Jesus.
Resins are the oldest forms of incense, used long before sticks or cones.
Burning frankincense resin is common in religious and spiritual rituals for purification, meditation, spiritual protection and to enhance spiritual development. The aroma of Frankincense is sweet and calming.
HOW TO BURN INCENSE RESIN ON CHARCOAL
- Place a layer of sand in the incense burner.
- Hold the charcoal tablet with a pair of metal tongs and light the edge until you see little sparks.
- Place the charcoal tablet (concave side-up) on top of the sand.
- Let the charcoal rest for a few minutes until it glows red and is covered with a layer of grey ash.
- Being careful not to touch the charcoal sprinkle a small amount of resin, ideally with a spoon.
- Add more resin if necessary when the smoke thins out. Charcoal tablets will remain hot for up to one hour.
- Before disposing of allow to cool completely. Always use precautions while handling and note that even the incense burner may be hot.
- Keep away from children and pets.