Origin: Arabian Peninsula and north-eastern Africa

Family: Burseraceae
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.


Element: Fire
Day: Sunday
Planet: Sun
Zodiac: Leo
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

Aromatherapeutic Uses

Frankincense is calming and soothing, and has been used to help with depression.