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Boswellia sacra

Frankincense

Warm, Fresh, Resinous

          with Woody, Peppery

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Known as the “sacred frankincense,” this species was likely the source of the frankincense given to Jesus and traded extensively during classical times. The trees are found only in Oman and Yemen (although also found in Africa, the essential oils are distinct). They grow on limestone or volcanic rocks in arid valleys (called wadis) and on cliffs near the sea. Sacra is often considered to be one of the best quality frankincenses, and you can immediately sense the reason in the scent: from the bright, citrusy top notes, to the resinous heart notes, to the deep, broad, yet surprisingly gentle base notes, this one is a pleasure from start to finish.

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Where it

       comes from

We are working directly with the harvesters that collect the frankincense resin from the wadis and mountains around Salalah, Oman. We use a mixture of Sha’abi, from the sub-coastal plains, and Hojary, from the highland mountains to distill our oil. Our partners have spent almost 20 years working with the government of Oman and local stakeholders to promote sustainable harvesting, propagation and regeneration, and fair compensation to all in the supply chain. A nursery has also been established to support the regeneration of wild B. sacra populations, which are often affected by camel grazing.

Essential Oil

         Breakdown

Family

Burseraceae

Origin

Oman

Extraction

Hydrodistillation

Characteristics

Boswellia sacra produces a warm, fresh, resinous, with woody, peppery undertones and citrus top notes

Essential Oil Composition

α-Pinene

Limonene

Sabinene

Camphene

d-3-Carene

β-Pinene

trans-Pinocarveol

p-Cymene

trans-Verbenol

p-Mentha-1,5-dien-8-ol

67.66%

4.58%

2.62%

2.55%

2.19%

2.01%

1.49%

1.30%

1.08%

1.04%

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