Frankincense – for tranquil contemplation

Frankincense from Yemen

 Frankincense or olibanum is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. The oil is distilled from this resin. It’s essential oil is often called “Oil of Lebanon” The tree is native to the Middle East and North Africa. Omani frankincense is said to be the best in the world, although quality resin is produced in Yemen, and along the north coast  of Somalia.

 It has been used since ancient times to awaken higher consciousness, and enhance spirituality, meditation and prayer.

Frankincense is widely know as an historic biblical ingredient, and to many as one of three gifts from the visiting Magi to the newborn Jesus and as an ingredient in the Old Testament’s Exodus incense mixture.

Researchers have found that burning frankincense indoors improves the acoustic properties of the room.

Frankincense oil can be diffused, applied externally, directly inhaled or taken internally. Please use the highest quality you can find. I use the Young Living one.

In his book “Aromatherapy for healing the spirit” Gabriel Mojay says that Frankincense oil rekindles the light of the mind. Frankincense oil’s most important sphere of action must be the nervous system. It smooths the flow of stagnant Qi-energy whevever an accumulation of stress has led to irritability, restlessness and insomnia. It is also helpful for bronchitis and asthma associated with nervous tension. The oil is said to “deepen the breath”. Facilitating a state of single minded concentration, it allows the Spirit to soar. Frankincense contains the power to focus our spiritual consciousness, and imbue a potential for transcendent awareness.  Whenever we have allowed ourselves to become oppressed by the mundane or tied to the past – indeed, restricted to weighed down by any form of over attachment – frankincense will help us break free.

Use this precious gift with care.

Today take some time for tranquil contemplation.



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