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These incenses are in a form that you don’t usually see – they haven’t been ground up and mixed with ‘who knows what’ to make incense sticks or cones – they are the pure resin granules from the actual trees or bushes!
Their aroma is so strong that you can just display them in a small bowl in a warm room and the scent of these aromatic crystals will give the place a subtle aroma.
They can also be burnt as pure incense in a safe burner – or even added, in very small amounts to an open fire or brazier for an amazing scent!
(Information in quotes below comes from A Modern Herbal”)
FRANKINCENSE: A RICH & COMPLEX AROMA – LIGHT AND SWEET SMELLING
As an ingredient in making very expensive perfumes, it was considered so valuable in Biblical times, that it was given as a present by The Three Kings when they visited the Manger – one of the famous trilogy of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. It was also used by the Jews and the Kyphi of the Egyptians for embalming and fumigation.
“To obtain the Frankincense, a deep, longitudinal incision is made in the trunk of the tree (Boswellia Thurifera) and below it a narrow strip of bark 5 inches in length is peeled off. When the milk-like juice which exudes has hardened by exposure to the air, the incision is deepened. In about three months the resin has attained the required degree of consistency, hardening into yellowish ‘tears.’ The large, clear globules are scraped off into baskets and the inferior quality that has run down the tree is collected separately. The season for gathering lasts from May till the middle of September, when the first shower of rain puts a close to the gathering for that year.
According to Herodotus, Frankincense to the amount of 1,000 talents weight was offered every year, during the feast of Bel, on the great altar of his temple in Babylon. The religious use of incense was as common in ancient Persia as in Babylon and Assyria. Herodotus states that the Arabs brought every year to Darius as tribute 1,000 talents of Frankincense, and the modern Parsis of Western India still preserve the ritual of incense.”
MYRRH: A RICH & COMPLEX AROMA – VERY WARM AND EARTHY
It is also an ingredient in making perfume, and of course was also one of The Three Kings gifts.
“The bushes yielding the resin do not grow more than 9 feet in height, but they are of sturdy build, with knotted branches, and branchlets that stand out at right-angles, ending in a sharp spine. The trifoliate leaves are scanty, small and very unequal, oval and entire.
There are ducts in the bark, and the tissue between them breaks down, forming large cavities, which, with the remaining ducts, becomes filled with a granular secretion which is freely discharged when the bark is wounded, or from natural fissures. It flows as a pale yellow liquid, but hardens to a reddish-brown mass, being found in commerce in tears of many sizes, the average being that of a walnut. The surface is rough and powdered, and the pieces are brittle, with a granular fracture, semi-transparent, oily, and often show whitish marks. The odour and taste are aromatic, the latter also acrid and bitter.”