Naturally Blog — Frankincense

What is Myrrh?

What is Myrrh?

Myrrh, like Frankincense, is a small tree or shrub and grows in the hot arid climate around the Red Sea in south west Asia and north east Africa. The tree is also cultivated in a similar manner whereby incisions are made in the bark and a golden brown sticky gum is secreted. The rezin gum is then scraped off, allowed to dry and turns into "brown tears".     Many other similarities can be seen between Frankincense and Myrrh. Both were extensively traded along the same ancient routes from southern Arabia to the ports of the eastern Mediterranean and have many uses...

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Frankincense Benefits

Frankincense Benefits

Frankincense is an example of an amazing medicinal herb, esteemed in antiquity but almost unknown today. Unlike other herbs, what makes Frankincense special is the fact that it is cultivated for its resin which is made by making incisions into its trunk a few times a year. The tree then secretes a milky like sap which hardens into "tears' which are then scraped off and allowed to dry. The appearance of the milky sap probably explains the ancient Semitic names "Levona' in Hebrew which is close to the word "white" and Lubban in Arabic. In ancient Rome the plant was...

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