Frankincense has been used for thousands of years both for its smell and health benefits. Frankincense has been sought for its benefits by people all over the world since time immemorial, from ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Africans, Greeks, Romans to Arabs and Muslims. Due to its uplifting smell and health benefits, frankincense was among the most precious gifts and was worth its weight in gold.
Also known as olibanum, frankincense is an aromatic resin gathered from trees in the Boswellia genus, particularly B. sacra (B. carterii, Hojary or Beeyo), B. frereana (Coptic resin or Maydi), B. papyrifera (Sudanese Frankincense) and B. serrata (B. thurifera, Indian Frankincense or Salai).
Omani frankincense is reputed for its high quality and efficacy. A lot of the frankincense trees in Oman grow in UNESCO listed grove with some trees having been around for over 200 years. Almost all of the frankincense grows in Dhofar region.
Frankinsence has been shown to have health benefits such as :
- To stimulate brain function, memory and intelligence
- It offers anti-inflammatory benefits which may help reduce joint pain and inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
- The anti-inflammatory properties of frankincense may help reduce digestive symptoms for sufferers of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
- Frankincense aids Lung circulation and is effective in the treatment of asthma, sinusitis and bronchitis, as well as Lung heat issues with coughing and wheezing.
- It invigorates the blood, and calms the Heart; anxiety, depression.
- Boswellic acid (a component of frankincense) may fight certain types of cancer cells.
A teaspoon of Frankincense tears steeped overnight in water is a traditional healing formula that has been around for hundreds if not thousands of years.