Frankincense Sacra Resin

Adam Michael has this to say “Despite what many businesses say about frankincense sacra the truth is no morphological differences exist between Boswellia carterii and Boswellia sacra, they are from the same species. What actually separates these two supposed species apart from each other is nothing more than habitat and time of harvest. Boswellia carterii is harvested in the summer months of March to late June (xagaag), Boswellia sacra in the winter months of September to late November (jiilaal).

When burned on the oil burner** the aroma is a classic and elegant frankincense, displaying light lemony notes, smokey and churchy aspects, bitter in parts, astringent in others and really cleansing throughout. It is a cross to my nose of rivae and serrata oils. No notes dominate, every aspect of the aroma works really well and is clearly detectable throughout. Lovely material and the colour of the resin pieces are stunning ambery-orange. Like most Boswellia resins this material also finds much use as an incense and for religious purposes.”

Botanical Name: Boswellia sacra

Origin: Ethiopia

** At Hermitage Oils should you wish to burn the material neat we would recommend burning the material on an oil burner opposed to using charcoal disks. If you follow this recommendation we also advise placing a piece of foil in the well of your oil burner and then laying the resin on top. This prevents lots of mess and cleaning after use and by using an oil burner you get to enjoy much more of the aroma of the resin than when using charcoal disks.