Type of Plant: Tree
Plant part used: Bark
Countries of Origin: Oman, Yemen, Africa
Frankincense, also called olibanum, is an aromatic resin used in incense and perfumes, obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia in the family Burseraceae. The English word is derived from Old French “franc encens” – high quality incense.
The resin is extracted by making a small, shallow incision on the trunk or branches of the tree or by removing a portion of the crust of it. The resin is drained as a milky substance that coagulates in contact with air and is collected by hand.