For the past years, Boswellia, the source of frankincense, has played a role in the economic growth and technological advancement of the Arabian. Boswellia sacra is the plant frankincense tears comes from. Learn how to grow the Boswellia sacra plant and what the various uses for it are. Introduction by John Lavranos. The first book on the cultivation of Boswellia. Written by an expert in the field (The author owns his own nursery specializing the.

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The botanical name of this leafy forest tree is Boswellia Thurifera, and it hails from the Burseraceae family. This resin is obtained by making a deep, longitudinal incision in the trunk of the tree. Just below this incision, a narrow strip of bark that measures approximately five inches long is peeled off allowing the milk-like juice to run out.

Once air touches this juice, it hardens and the incision is deepened.

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Sap from the Frankincense trees can be gathered from May until about the middle of September when rain showers end the harvest season. Although young trees yield the best harvest, the older trees will also yield fluid which is more of a clear, glutinous fluid that resembles coral varnish. Grown on the Somali coast line, without soil, these trees seem to grow out of polished marble secured by thick oval masses of substances that resemble lime and mortar.

They produce white or pale rose flowers on short pedicels in single axillary racemenes that are shorter than the leaves. Frankincense can also be found on the coast of Southern Arabia where the Somalis make yearly visits to collect the resin of the Frankincense.


Although Frankincense is a stimulant, it is seldom used internally anymore although at one time it was in great demand.

It was thought to be an antidote to Hemlock, as well as during the tenth century it was used for tumors, vomiting, ulcers, fevers, as boswella as dysentery. Another modern day use of Frankincense is steam inhalation which is supposed to aid in relieving bronchitis and laryngitis. Religious use of Frankincense can be found among the Jews, Greeks, at the feast of Bel, Among the Egyptians and of course, it was a gift to Baby Jesus and is used among modern day Christians, and other religions.

Most commonly associated with spiritualiy, it is easy to see that Frankincense has many other useful properities.

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If you have not yet tried the resin of this plant, I cultiation definitely reccomend getting some and trying it, I find the odor very pleasing. The first time I found them I ordered two small seedlings. I also used plastic pots.

I noticed they did not grow much over the summer which I thought was odd, but I figured maybe they were just slow growers. The second time I ordered a larger one and potted my plant up in a pre-made cactus potting mix as soon as it arrived.

The cooler temperatures above freezing did not bother my plant — nor did the higher ones my greenhouse experienced during the summer months. Renaissance Homesteader and Proclaimed Plant Geek, Sheri Ann Richerson can tell you everything there is to know about organic gardening, being self-sufficient and raising tropical plants from seed in a temperate environment.

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Her career includes years as a nationally acclaimed best-selling author, radio host and guest on a variety of shows — boswelpia her expertise on homesteading and gardening. Richerson is a speaker, columnist and a blogger for hundreds of websites, magazines and newspapers. I tremendously enjoyed this article and I am wondering where I can obtain either saplings or seeds of the Boswellia Sacra, do you recall where you obtained yours from?


Thank you so much! B and T World Seeds is the only place I can think of. I have not been able to order seeds myself. Recently ordered seeds from ons seeds in the Netherlands www. They come in packages of 5 seeds per package and cost 4 euros per package. Their website provides recommended germination instructions. I live in the San Francisco bay area and did not expect much.

I started in July and to my delight got one seedling. I keep it in full sun and mist it each morning with unclorinated water. Growing like mad and fun to watch. Your email address will not be published. This site uses Boswelloa to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Follow Me On Instagram! Her blog – Exotic Gardening – is the ultimate website for the truly obsessed plant-a-holic!

Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar Skip to footer New? Order your copy today! Herb Gardening Tips For Beginners. Creative Tips for Container Gardening. Comments I tremendously enjoyed this article and I am wondering where I can obtain either saplings boxwellia seeds of the Boswellia Sacra, do you recall where you obtained yours from?

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