Frankincense - Boswellia Boswellia serrata
The name Frankincense derives from the old French - 'franc incense' or high quality incense.
Traditionally, the dried resin of the Boswellia shrub has been used in a number of cultural, religious, and medical applications across Africa and Asia, and by the Middle Ages across Europe as well.
Like Myrrh from the Guggul tree, its natural defensive properties make it a valuable and remarkable component in health and wellbeing.
Frankincense has been traded for over 5,000 years but recent over-exploitation is threatening the survival of this wonderful natural gift. Its why we only use organically certified Boswellia, as this is one way to ensure care and attention is paid to harvesting practices. The resin is obtained by slicing into the bark of the tree and allowing stripes of resin, called 'tears', to seep from the bark, forming thick, hard resinous lumps which are scraped from the tree, dried.
In a rather insightful metaphorical analogy, Ayurveda considers that tree bark relates to the ‘bones’ and resin to the ‘blood’, so that resins are considered to heal the ‘bones’ of the tree. Explore it for yourself in Active capsules.