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Frankincense has long been associated with royalty, purity, and sanctity. Commonly blended with myrrh, frankincense has a long history of being used in religious and spiritual practices. Many people associate it with the Nativity of the Christ in Christianity, as well as it is used often in religious services in Catholic and Protestant Churches. Frankincense is also commonly used in Wiccan and Pagan services. Frequently blended with myrrh and dragon’s blood resins.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterri) is also known as Incense, Olibans, Olibanum, and Olibanus. It is associated with masculinity, the Sun, and the element of Fire. Two of the gods frequently connected with this herb are Ra and Baal, as well the Christ of Christianity. It is used for Protection, Exorcism, and Spirituality.
Frankincense comes from the deciduous tree Boswellia Thurifera. Somalia, Oman, and Yemen are all known for having trees that produce this high-quality resin.
In order to collect the sap, the tree bark is cut, allowing the sap to ooze out of the bark in the places it was cut. The sap dries on the tree and is then collected. This procedure is repeated two or three times a year, and the resulting frankincense is opaque if it is of superior quality. The young trees produce higher-quality resin than the older trees.
RITUAL USES: The ancient Egyptians would burn frankincense at sun rise to honor the Sun god, Ra. To this day, it is used in Catholic and some Protestant services to signal sanctity and purity. When blended with myrrh and dragon’s blood, some Pagans use the scent in ritual for such rites as initiation and Sun festivals.
Magical Uses: When burned, frankincense releases powerful vibrations which not only uplift those in the area, but also drives out all negativity. Frankincense is therefore used in incenses of exorcism and consecration. It is also burned to induce visions and to aid meditation and is added to sachets for luck, protection, and spiritual growth. Rosemary may be used as a substitute.
Uses of Frankincense Tears: Create a necklace of frankincense to wear as protection or to aid in meditation and consecration during ritual. Take several ounces of tears (rounded lumps of frankincense), a needle, and yellow cotton thread. Heat the needle in flame or hot water, quickly cleaning off any lamp black or water, and pierce the tears clear through, drawing the thread through. Repeat this process until you have a string of frankincense tears that will go over your head. Knot the thread securely.
These lumps or tears can also be used as incense. Place them on a clean burning charcoal and allow them to burn. The thick smoke of the frankincense will fill the room or waft through the area, purifying and chasing away all negativity. This is especially useful during the rites of Samhain and Yule.
Frankincense is available as a resin, stick incense, cone, or even as an oil. The uses are varied and depend only on the beliefs of the person using it. It is often used simply as a pleasant scent to make the home smell and feel clean. This is obviously connected to its use as a scent for exorcism and purification.
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