Discovering Frankincense

Updated: Mar 10

My Frankincense Journey started in May 2015 when Moroccan Essentials exhibit at a holistic, mind, body & soul exhibition in the Midlands, UK, I was introduced to the magikal incense that changed my life, the sweet aroma was so very uplifting, but also calming and grounding at the same time which made it so interesting to me, I needed to learn more.

Four months later….

I travelled to the sacred land of Frankincense & at the time of harvest.

Oman is in the Middle East, located on the South Eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula, bordering the Arabian Sea. It is the oldest independent state in the Arab world, a beautiful, friendly country with a rich history.

When I arrived at the Shangri-La in Muscat, we were greeted with the sweet calming aroma of Frankincense, it was burning in the middle of a beautiful centre-piece near reception, the smell was so divine, known to purify the air, eliminating any toxic particles or negative energy. Imagine if we were all burning Frankincense at home right now.

I was accompanied by a connoisseur whom taught me everything one could possibly know about the sacred resin. We travelled deep south of Oman to Salalah where the Frankincense trees are grown, this is the place to source the best Frankincense.

When I landed at the airport the women were literally covered from head to toe, including their eyes with a cloth over their heads, which I found fascinating, I couldn't help but stare, I was also brought up muslim and this was my first time I saw a muslim covering their eyes, I remember thinking I was in for a treat for the next 3 weeks, I was ready to take it all in.

I learned history from the land, I visited The Frankincense Museum (pictured below), ruins of the busiest ports from thousands of years ago when Oman was one of the biggest Frankincense distributors worldwide.

I had the privilege to enter the sacred land, guarded and gated it was forbidden territory.

I am grateful I had the opportunity to be allowed to visit the Frankincense trees (pictured below) and roaming freely, discovering the land and what it had to offer, as we walked through the desert in the 40 degree heat, The connoisseur tapped one of the trees to show me the magikal sap, we walked towards a mountain and found an open crave, so quiet so peaceful, we started to focus on our breath and meditated in the cave and to my surprise I learned it was a crystal cave.

What is Frankincense and where does is come from?