If you love our Boswellia Sacra (Somalian) Frankincense oils, you will fall head-over-heels for this perfume strength infusion. It has all the aroma and “presence” of our finest Sacra (Sacred) distillation, with the added emotional and physical benefits of Incensole Acetate and Boswellic Acid. (Boswellic acid has been studied for a myriad of physical healing effects, but it does not occur in the distilled oil nor the CO2 extraction.)
The infusion is Boswellia sacra resin finely powdered and infused in odorless, colorless fractionated coconut oil, then carefully strained and bottled for your pleasure. Aromatically, it seems stronger than a 10% dilution of our Sacra Oil. Wear it alone on pulse points, use it as a base for perfume (amazing longevity on the skin!) or further dilute to use as a body oil.
Frankincense from Nature’s Gift is oil that miraculously made its way to Christi way back in 2003 while staying at a New Mexico monastery and ultimately led her home to Tennessee. She had no way of knowing 2 years later she would be working at Nature’s Gift! (And now starting on her 13th year here…)
It is a special oil intimating sacred ritual space reminiscent of celebratory worship or intentional prayer or meditation.
This infusion is the Frankincense referred to in sacred scriptures of many faiths; it is the Frankincense of the Bible, certainly. Ground and infused in oils or fats, Frankincense resin was considered a cure-all. For ingestion, beads of Frankincense Sacra were left to stand in water or wine overnight. (The essential oil did not exist in Biblical times, since steam distillation as we know it today was not yet in use.)
We are contemplating using this glorious infusion for skincare, just a drop or two added to a teaspoon of cream or lotion. You may also add it to any facial serums you choose. Christi has successfully experimented with it for small areas of dry skin such as the top of the hands, elbows, and heels, applying in the evening after a bath or just before bedtime.
A drop in the palms...rub them together, inhale to focus (or defocus?) for meditation. Dilute way down for a calming and relaxing after-bath oil. Ahhhh...can’t think of a better way to drift off to sleep.
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History of Frankincense Sacra, including the traditional infusion:
Frankincense sacra was imported into China via trade routes originating in what was then known as Southern Arabia, and was used in traditional Chinese medicine to move stagnant qi, activate the blood, alleviate swelling and pain in congested joints, and aid in tissue repair.
In the Arabian peninsula, including parts of Somalia, Yemen, and Oman, Boswellia sacra groves and the rights to tap them have been passed down through families for thousands of years. Often used as a remedy to improve digestion and to soothe skin problems, Boswellia sacra resin was ground into powder and infused into oil to anoint the skin; “pearls” or “tears” of frankincense were infused into water or wine as an aid to digestion .
The ancient Greek biographer Plutarch described a fantastical use of frankincense after the death of the Roman tyrant Sulla in 78 B.C. Along with funeral gifts of gold and silver, over 200 pallets of frankincense and cinnamon were burned at his pyre. Plutarch also describes a giant statue of Sulla that was fashioned entirely of molded frankincense resin and cinnamon. (Plutarch, The Parallel Lives,published in Vol. IV of the Loeb Classical Library edition, 1916).
The Egyptian Book of the Dead refers to frankincense as “the sweat of the Gods fallen to earth.” We can see why the ancients thought this!
Pliny the Elder, the ancient Roman author and historian, wrote a 37 volume encyclopedia called “The Natural History”, which described astronomy, zoology, art, and botany in the first century C.E. In Book XII, Chapter 32, Pliny describes the growth, harvesting, grading and trading of frankincense. The ancients, no matter their culture or religious beliefs, all revered frankincense.
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