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Boswellia dalzielii

Frankincense

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Light, Bright,  

             Fresh Piney... 

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Where it

       comes from

We work with four communities in Burkina Faso, who we have helped to organize cooperatives. This structure gives them more power to collectively negotiate a fair price for their frankincense, thereby providing a shield against exploitation by unscrupulous traders. It also helps coordinate harvesting practices, so everyone in the cooperative knows the right way to sustainably harvest the resin without hurting the trees.

 

Our frankincense comes from Burkina Faso, where we have partnered with local ecologists, foresters, and academics to conduct multi-year studies of the status, regeneration, and sustainable harvesting of Boswellia trees. By supporting sustainable harvesting, we are already helping four communities transition away from large-scale bark stripping.

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...With Complex Citrus Top Notes

Boswellia dalzielii is one of the rarer frankincense species, just now making its entry to the global market. The tree grows across West Africa, primarily in Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Mali. Unlike most frankincense species, the resin is rarely harvested; much more commonly, the bark is stripped from the trees to make tinctures and medicinal teas. This kind of harvest is extremely damaging to the trees, so switching from a bark harvest to a resin harvest is a huge sustainability win. In other words, increasing trade in this species’ frankincense is actually helping to protect the trees!

Essential Oil

         Breakdown

Family
Essential Oil Composition

Burseraceae

Origin

Burkina Faso

Extraction

Hydrodistillation

Characteristics

Light, bright and fresh, piney with complex citrus top notes

α-Pinene

Limonene

α-Thujene

Trans-Pinocarveol

Trans-Verbenol

β-Pinene

Myrcene

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p-Cymene

Camphene

65.70%

5.79%

5.17%

2.35%

2.14%

2.06%

1.95%

1.76%

1.16%

1.13%

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Need more details? Get in touch!

Send us an email with any questions or inquiries, we're always happy to talk about our work with wild plants!

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One of our cooperatives is composed primarily of women, who, before collecting frankincense, were employed to break rocks all day for construction companies, for less than a dollar a day. Today, we are providing a guaranteed buyer for the frankincense they collect, and have committed to ensuring that collecting resin will significantly increase their income.

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