Land of frankincense

Oman' frankincense

The land of Oman speaks to us in a language of perfume punctuated by immensity and timelessness.
It is the land of incense, where for centuries humans and trees, in particular the species of Boswellia sacra, have coexisted in a subliminal way!

natural resin

Since 6000 years of history

Since its discovery, the frankincense is related to the human need to have a formal link with their gods. It is incredible to imagine that a long time ago, it was one of the most valuable products of the ancient world.

Frankincense has been used since antiquity 1 to awaken a higher consciousness, strengthen spirituality, meditation, prayer. It is also sought after for its therapeutic virtues.

best in the world

An exceptional aroma

In the extreme south of the Sultanate of Oman, Boswellia sacra will secrete the best of frankincense, a resin whose trade dates back to the dawn of time. Many experts agree that the best incense is produced by species originating from the Sultanate of Oman 1a.

Its medicinal properties and aroma, used by the world’s greatest perfumers, make it a rare and symbolic substance of importance.

What is Frankincense?

With the evolution of language,

This term is now imprecise. It refers to any composition that can be burned to perfume a religious place or house, clothing or body parts. This language refers to a variety of products :

  • Resins of vegetable origin (frankincense, olibanum, myrrh, etc.),

  • Fragrant wood (agalloche, sandalwood, etc.), spices...

Despite the many interpretations,

concerning the origin of the term incense, the etymology most commonly recognized is that of « incendere », a Latin term meaning « to burn » or « to consume ».

Apart from this denomination, we find the word frankincense, English word derived from the old French (high quality incense) (« franc », « real incense »), to distinguish it from many fragrant mixtures claimed as Frankincense and, Oliban, from Arabic al-lubán (« milk » refers to the resin of the tree)..

To summarize, the word incense generally means a single element or a mixture of natural or non-organic fragrant substances whereas frankincense or Oliban means the real and natural incense which is an aromatic resin derived from trees of the Burseraceae family.

The oriental scents

Assortment of traditional blends of frankincense resin (Oliban) and natural scents and fragrant scents..

Assortment of traditional mixtures of real frankincense resin (Frankincense) and natural aromas and fragrant scent wood. (Traditional Muscat Festival))


Différentes espèces de Myrrhe
Different species of Boswellia sacra

Burseraceae are a family of trees or shrubs (645 species) characterized by flaking aromatic bark and by resin present in plant tissues. The resin of many species of this family is used as Frankincense (natural).
There are two important varieties in the family Burseraceae : Boswellia (its resin is called Frankincense) and Commiphora (its resin is myrrh)

Résine naturelle d' Oman

Geographic distribution

The family Burseraceae grows in tropical regions of all continents, but the variety of Boswellia is limited to Africa and Asia.
Les arbres à encens dans le monde

Harvest of frankincense

In the Sultanate of Oman

The cultivation of frankincense is a know-how that has been handed down from generation to generation for decades and which we inherit proudly. Harvesting is done by a shallow incision in the bark of the male tree by removing a narrow band. A sap flows out and coagulates on contact with the air, then it is picked up by hand. A succession of 3 passes, spaced from 10 to 15 days apart, is made on the incisions. The third pass gives the best resin.

At the place of harvest, after the resin has been collected and collected in bags, the producers store it in an excavation, a cave or some sort of camp, to accumulate it for a certain time. Finally, after collecting sufficient quantities, it is sent to the village or town, where it is classified.

Every five to six years, the trees are left as they are for a few years to obtain a better quality resin.

Harvesting is carried out according to geographic areas. The harvest, on the trees located on the coastal plain or during the monsoon, is done from the end of March to June, approximately. For those located behind the Dhofar mountain (desert area), the resin is picked from April to September. This second harvest is called "white incense", as opposed to "brown incense", harvested only on the coastal plain after winter incisions.. A tree can produce about 3 to 4 kg per season. According to studies, 2 the incisions - which must be spaced apart by about thirty centimeters - are made on the east and west sides of the tree to allow sufficient exposure to the sun for rapid drying of the resin.

Outil pour la récolte d'encens naturel dans le Dhofar

An ancient technique

A traditional skills

A unique tool with a wooden handle and an iron spatula at its end, used by the incense producer Dhofari (Bedouin), to « peel » the bark. Sometimes the tool may be provided with a spatula at each of its ends.

As soon as an incision is made, the sap begins to surface. The optimal size of the tapping must not exceed 12 cm². The plant or tree that produces juices or resins is explained by the fact that it serves as a defense mechanism to isolate its wounds. It protects against desiccation, against attacks of insects and fungi, as well as rot.


Frankincense of Oman

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