A Nice Biblical smell: Frankincense

If you’ve heard of frankincense, it’s probably thanks to the biblical account of the birth of Jesus. According to the book of Matthew, Chapter 2, Magi, or wise men, followed a bright star in the east to Bethlehem where Jesus had been born:
“And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).

It happens to me when I was wondering around G.O.D. shop waiting for my next meeting.  I was in my shopaholic mode but since I couldn’t buy any big size item which what’s mostly on display in G.O.D., I picked up this essential oil by Animanto. There were actually more choices like: Cerdarwood, Lavender, Geranium, rose, sandalwood and more of them, however, I thought I had somehow tried them all in few different occasion and with Frankincense, a great name that maybe I should take it home and try it out.

Frankincense is a milky white resin extracted from species of the genus Boswellia, which thrive in arid, cool areas of the Arabian Peninsula, East Africa and India. The finest and most aromatic of this species is Boswellia sacra, a small tree that grows in Somalia, Oman and Yemen. These plants, which grow to a height of 16 feet (5 meters), have papery bark, sparse bunches of paired leaves, and flowers with white petals and a yellow or red center.

I am burning it now and the aroma is lovely. It’s sweet yet calming. It’s actually excellent for toning and caring for drying and mature skin types. It has rejuvenating qualities and useful for purifying polluted air (which is sooo important in HK hey!). Animanto said it’s anti-inflammatory, spiritual and uplifting. Excellent for meditation too.

Frankincense may not be as popular as they once were, but it is still used today in some ways that you might not expect. They’re common ingredients in modern perfumes and cosmetics, continuing a tradition that has lasted thousands of years. Scientists are finding new uses for the substances as well; recent studies suggest that frankincense may be beneficial to sufferers of asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, osteoarthritis and collagenous colitis.

I love the smell and I guess I will be addicted to it for quite a while at home!


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