Origin: Arabian Peninsula and north-eastern Africa
Scientific Name: Boswellia sacra
Folk Names: Olibanum, incense, olibans, olibanus
Ethical Issues: Due to the enormous demand for frankincense resin and resulting over-exploitation, Boswellia carteri and the few other species that produce the resin are currently listed as either ‘Near Threatened’ or ‘Vulnerable’ by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Associated Celebrations: WinSol
Deities: Ra, Ba’al
Magical Properties: Consecration, purification, spirituality, protection,
Substitutions: Copal, pine resin
Part Used: Resin
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 58°C
Scent Type: Resinous
Perfume Note: Base
Scent Description: Warm, woody, earthy scent
Frankincense is calming and soothing, and has been used to help with depression.