Frankincense, often known as olibanum, is an aromatic gum resin obtained from African and
Middle Eastern trees of the genusBoswellia, chiefly Boswellia carteri. The tree is small, growing to a
height of 3 – 7 m (10 – 23 ft), and is related to the tree which produces myrrh. Deep incisions are made
into the trunk of the tree, from which white resinous matter exudes in large ‘tears’, ovoid in shape. These
dry and fall to the ground where they are collected. The tears are whitish yellow, milky and waxy. I tasted
one in Muscat: it melted slightly on contact with my tongue, and was like a mix of turpentine and butter.
Commercially, it is usually supplied in yellowish blocks covered with white dust; it is also available powdered.
The oil is steam-distilled from the gum, which contains approximately 3-8 per cent essential oil. This is
colorless or pale yellow; it has a balsamic fragrance, subtly lemony, and sometimes with a note of
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