OLIBANUM

Olibanum

Overview

The modern classification of the plant species which these resins come from are:
Boswellia carterii, producing resinous incense lumps or tears, Gum Olibanum, collected from northern Somaliland
Boswellia papyrifera, characterized by a fresh lemon-pine scent, a species native to Ethiopia, Eritrea and Sudan.
Both tree species resins play a major role in many ways, from environmental, medicinal, source of feed such as livestock and bee fodder, or employment perspective offering off-farm employment for many rural farmers and herders, both men and women being involved in either tapping and collecting, or sorting and grading.

Process

The tree trunk is lightly scraped off with a specially designed knife called mengaf, at adequately timed intervals. Once the exuded sap is hardened into resins, those are stored in dry mountain caves for maturation before transferring them to collection sites for expertly selective sorting and grading steps.

Then final packing and storage are completed with special sealing to ensure significant proportions of volatile compounds are not lost transport.

Sources

Then final packing and storage are completed with special sealing to ensure significant proportions of volatile compounds are not lost transport.

Grades

We carry several grades:

Olibanum / fine fragrance: Cleaned Grade 1, Un-graded
Olibanum / indoor scent & ritual: Grade 1, Pea-size, Sifings

Seasons

For sustainable harvests, trees must be tapped during April-October season, outside which overharvesting could damage the resource.

Functionalities

Essential Oil

The essential oil produced by steam distillation is used in Perfumery industry

Skincare Treatments

The essential oil is commonly used for its many health benefits such as in skincare, in aromatherapy, and antibacterial anti-inflammatory applications, or in the case of gastro-intestinal discomfort.

Perfumes

Is an aromatic resin used in incense and perfumes.
Also commonly used in the catholic church as a burning incense, the Olibanum provides an old wood terpenic balsamic spicy pine resinous, fresh and powerful fruity-Olibanum top-notes with a very warm, balsamic, woody dry-down.

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