Frankincense & Myrrh

Frankincense or olibanum is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia, Boswellia Carteri while myrrh is a gummy resin from the Commiphora shrub. Both Boswellia and Myrrh trees in Somaliland grow in the wild. Deliberate wounds are made on the barks of the tree allowing the milky or yellow coloured liquid to ooze. The liquids harden on exposure to air resulting in the resins.

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Our frankincense is harvested from Boswellia trees native to Somaliland

Myrrh is a gummy resin from the Commiphora shrub. Cuts are made in the bark of myrrh trees to allow a yellow coloured liquid to escape. As this liquid comes into contact with air, it changes colour to dark brown and hardens to form the myrrh resins which are then scrapped off. The dried resin is hard and brittle with a bitter taste.

Myrrh is burnt in homes to get rid of bad odours. Myrrh is used in deodorants, soaps and lotions. Myrrh resins have medicinal properties and the locals in Somaliland, who call it Malmal use it for postnatal care of both mother and child.