The Frankincense tree originates from the Middle East, and is small with abundant pinnacle leaves. The flowers are white or pale pink. Frankincense resin begins as a milky-white sticky liquid that flows from the trunk of the tree when it's cut, healing the wound. The resin is then distilled producing the precious oil.
No resin is as widely used for ceremonial and ritual purposes as Frankincense. In the ancient world it played a significant economic role. Damascus, which was the centre of Frankincense trade, was built and significantly embellished by the profits gained from incense trade. At that time, Frankincense was valued higher than gold. According to Pliny, it took 62 days to travel the length of the Incense Route from the Dead Sea to Jerusalem, a journey fraud with peril, but also a very lucrative adventure. Unfortunately, things that are lucrative quickly become corrupt, and thus it is the sad truth that even before the birth of Christ traders adulterated Frankincense with other gums and resins. Frankincense was burned in great quantities at every sacred occasion, though in Rome it was used for secular ceremonies as well. Even to this day, Frankincense is the by far most widely used incense, since the Roman Catholic Church burns little else. But Frankincense was not just used for its spiritual qualities; it was also valued as a cosmetic ingredient and as medicine.
Color & Aroma Color: Colorless to pale yellow clear Aroma: Earthy scent or ground aroma
Frankincense opens the heart chakra and attunes the mind to the highest spiritual vibrations - it exudes sacredness. It is used for consecration and as an offering to the Gods. An excellent oil for meditation and contemplation of spiritual love and wisdom. Frankincense banishes negative energies and demons. It can be used for purification and protection, especially in ceremonial or ritual settings.. It aids study, particularly of spiritual or philosophical matters, and is useful for all kinds of healing rituals.
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