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Boswellia sacra (Frankincense)

Frankincense, the fragrant and purifying resin from the Boswellia tree, has been used medicinally and as a sacrament for thousands of years throughout Africa, China, India, and the Middle East. It has many uses as a treatment for health imbalance, disease and illness.

Boswellia tree

Its traditional internal medicinal properties are plentiful, and it has been used as an aid to help mitigate and heal chronic inflammatory problems such as joint pain due to rheumatoid arthritis, skin irritations, oral infections, and gastrointestinal inflammation such as stomach ulcers, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn's Disease.

Frankincense is also a powerful anti-proliferative, helping to induce cell death in various types of cancer cells, prostate, colon, melanoma, leukemia, meningioma, hepatoma, and fibrosarcoma. Frankincense resin has also been shown to help protect the liver from toxicity, help improve cognition and memory, boost fertility, promote lung health and aide in easing the symptoms of asthma, help combat autoimmune disorders and inflammation. It truly is a powerhouse of the ancient world. Applied topically to wounds it can help form a protective barrier while fighting infections and promoting rapid healing.


On an energetic level, frankincense brings us back to our center, easing us into contemplation and meditation, giving us a calm focus and sense of serenity that helps us to calmly navigate effectively through our daily lives. This centering effect can exhibit as a mild anxiolytic (anxiety reducing) and antidepressant action, helping to boost and regulate our moods, whether calming us from over-stimulation, or boosting us from an emotional low.

Our Frankincense Spagyric, made using the gorgeous green Hojari resin, which is known as one of the highest grades of true Frankincense, is a fragrant and intriguing preparation, quite delicious on the tongue and a potent addition to teas. Only 2-3 drops are needed for a medicinal dose to reduce stomach aches, or for inflammation in the gut or mouth. A drop or two on the skin can help topically to reduce inflamed or irritated spots and abnormalities. Let the flavor and scent carry you to ancient times and experience this old remedy in the Hermetic tradition of spagyria.

See our Frankincense Spagyric here.

Planetary Ruler: Sun, Jupiter

Element: Air

Energetics: bitter, spicy, warm, pungent

Meridians/Organs: Heart, liver, spleen

Part used: resin

Active constituents: boswellic acid, olibanoresence, arabic acid, bassorin, pinene, limonene, thujene, dipentene, phellandrene

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