Frankincense is a resinous tree sap that comes from trees of the Genus Boswellia. Boswellia sacra can seem to grow out of pure rock in very unforgiving environments. These trees are native to areas of Oman, Yemen, Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Kenya. Frankincense is also known as Olibanum, which most often refers to the extracted essential oil.
Frankincense has so many wonderful benefits and ongoing research seems to keep discovering more and more miraculous properties of this ancient natural substance. It has long been used in religious practices because it has real spiritual benefits. It has been used spiritually to protect people and purify spaces and objects of unwanted negative energies or spirits, it can help to focus spiritual consciousness, increase transcendental awareness and help one to integrate with their own higher self.
Studies have shown that it acts like a psychoactive drug on certain pathways in the brain that regulate chemical balances and can effectively treat depressive disorders, anxiety, and nervousness. Frankincense provides a sense of calm and centeredness. It is very good for meditative practices because it helps to quiet the mind, promote mental stillness and clarity.