“DID YOU KNOW . . . ?” –FRANKINCENSE is more than a Christmas gift . . . ‘

DID YOU KNOW … ? It comes from a Tree. . .

* Frankincense resin comes from a tree, it is a small, scrubby, rather unsightly, tree that grows in the wilds of Yemen and Somalia.  

*It produces small yellow- white coloured flowers with five petals that are a favourite among bees?


* There is a difference in the colour between male and female Frankincense Tree resins, and anyone caught with the female resin during ancient times lost a hand as punishment as the female plant is more valuable than the male.

DID YOU KNOW . . . ? Its Resin is sticky

* It's said the best quality resin comes from trees just out of the reach of monsoon rains where ideal average rainfall is less than 4 inches annually.

 * It begins as a milky-white sticky liquid that flows from the trunk of the tree; it is then distilled by steam to extract its precious essential oil.

DID YOU KNOW… Its History . . .

Frankincense may well be one of the oldest luxury goods on Earth.                                                                                 

* This Essential Oil is famed from the Biblical story about baby Jesus receives gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh from the Magi.

* It was also an ingredient in the sacred Incense and holy anointing oil  of the Israelites.                                            

DID YOU KNOW ... MORE HISTORY . . .

* The embalming technique used by the Egyptians was formulated uses many different resins and herbs but always included Frankincense because of it lingering aroma.

*  In Ancient Times, high quality Resin was reserved only for the Kings and Queens.

*  Treasured for centuries, it was burnt as the Original Incense offering to the gods.  

DID YOU KNOW . . . The aromatic Scent has been used since Ancient Times.

Frankincense is highly fragrant and it is often used in soaps, oils, deodorant, scents, and other products.

  * The resin and oil have a woody, spicy and slightly sweet aroma, and blends well with all citrus and spice oils and has long been considered precious and valuable.

*  Best known for its use with Myrrh, Frankincense is also a powerful Cleansing scent similar to Californian White Sage and can still be found in Masala mixes of Incense for Clearing Negative Spirits.

DID YOU KNOW . . . It's Magic!

* Frankincense is widely known for its spiritual and health Benefits and properties BUT few people are aware that it is considered an excellent ingredient to use when studying.    * It is known to relax the mind and open the parts of the brain which deal with learning and memory.

DID YOU KNOW … It has many other Health uses . . .

 *Frankincense Essential Oil Proves to be Anti-Cancerous.      *Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) trees were considered extremely valuable during ancient times as it was used by many cultures to treat almost all known ailments such as toothache and depression.

* It is still used today as a general cure-all for ill health.

* It is considered to contain healing properties, being used to treat respiratory, skin, joint and muscular conditions, as well as being used for meditative and spiritual rituals.

DID YOU KNOW …   This Tree is in danger of disappearing!

 

* There are fewer and fewer trees that can produce this beloved aromatic resin, new research suggests that it will not around forever, with production estimated to be reduced by 50 percent within two decades.

* The modern world is encroaching on these ancient trees.

* They are often found in war-torn areas where it is getting more and more difficult to obtain high quality resins which means We could be without frankincense soon.

* The old tree population is not being replaced fast enough, and unless better management regulations are put in place, such as fencing, an end to burns, and renewable harvesting, frankincense will become an even more mythical substance than it already is MEANING - These ancient givers of healing could have their days numbered.    ********************* 

FACT - "When frankincense tappers make gashes into some species of mature Boswellia’s woody skin, sap seeps out like blood from a wound. It dries into a scab of resin, which is harvested and sold raw, or turned into Oil or Incense."

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