Very Unusual Frankincense!
Boswellia Dalzielli , Fair trade resin from Nigeria
This is a beautiful Frankincense, full of light honey colored well-formed tears . It really looks like Hougary Boswellia sacra , but it is not. In fact it is not from Arabia at all it is from Kenya. Instead of the lemon notes you might encounter with Frankincense Sacra, you are greeted here with notes of Orange and mint. I have never carried this Frankincense type at Mermade. In fact, it is so rare there are only a handful of suppliers in the world who sell it. I feel very fortunate to be on the receiving end of such a unique and beautiful resin!
Again we wish to thank Dan at Apothecary’s Garden, for his great work finding unusual and Fair trade resins.
This price is for 1 oz.
A rare West African Frankincense found in north eastern Nigeria where the Hausa speaking people refer to it as Hano or Harrabi. This shipment is of the highest quality I have ever come across. It is well sorted and contains a good mix of large pieces including the rarer light green tears with no bark or dust. It is beautiful material that exhibits the trademark fragrance of Boswellia Dalzielii -Orange/Citrus and Mint with earthy undertones. The locals use it as chewing gum and as incense. It can be used as many of the other types of Frankincense for incense, teas, oils, salves, tinctures and cremes. This is a rare and premium quality Frankincense at a very reasonable price.
Boswellia Dalzielii is the most western Frankincense species on what could be called the "Boswellia Belt", a latitudinal band of favourable growing conditions that runs from the Ivory Coast in the far west of Africa to the eastern Horn of Africa and continues on through Yemen and Oman all the way to India and Pakistan in the East.
There are about 18 species of Frankincense dispersed along this band. Though not all of them yield resin on a commercial scale, most have been used in traditional folk medicine in the areas they grow. This is the case with Boswellia Dalzielii who's bark is used locally for many ailments including wound healing, Rheumatoid arthritis, gastrointestinal problems, and venereal diseases. To learn more Google "Boswellia Dalzielii studies".
A staple of churches, Mosques and temples around the world, Frankincense resin is traditionally used as incense and medicine. Its essential oil is distilled for perfumery and aromatherapy.