Latin Name: Boswellia serrata
Common Names: Frankincense
Probably best known because of the Nativity story, Frankincense is derived from the resin of a tree called Boswellia serrata and other species of the same.
Dried Frankincense is used in numerous ways, including the manufacture of perfume and aromatherapy; ancient Egyptians used burnt powdered frankincense as eyeliner. The burning of the dried c/s boswellia serrata resin has also played a part in the religious rites of all three Abrahamic traditions.
Frankincense is thought to be non-toxic, but when using natural herbs and resins for therapeutic purposes - even organic herbs - prudence and caution is called for. Traditionally, herbalists would use Frankincense for inflammation and the treatment of arthritis and chronic pain.*
Warning: Not to be used during pregnancy.
Frankincense is used magically for protection, exorcism, and purification. When burned, it is said to drive out evil and negativity. It is therefore often used in workings of exorcism, protection, and consecration.**
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) - Organic
* Medicinal herb information is provided by starwest-botanicals.com and anniesremedy.com.
** Magical herb information is provided by Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham.
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