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The True, Legendary Omani Frankincense: Boswellia Sacra

Posted on May 1st, 2012 | 14 comments

Throughout the ages, frankincense has been treasured for its medicinal and spiritual qualities. It was valued more than gold in ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it. There are more than a dozen species of Boswellia trees, commonly called frankincense trees, yet one species reigns supreme: Boswellia sacra of Omani origin.

For nearly 5,000 years, the resin from the Boswellia tree was considered Arabia’s most precious commodity. The allure of frankincense enticed adventurers from afar who sought the irresistible resin, and the Frankincense Trail in Oman’s Dhofar region was purportedly visited by the notable explorers Marco Polo and Lawrence of Arabia.

The finest and most highly prized frankincense resin is produced by the Boswellia sacra species, which grows in Oman. Oman has a reputation for producing superior-quality frankincense trees that deliver the highest-grade resin, the resin reserved for royalty. Historical and archaeological evidence strongly suggest that the frankincense given to the Christ child was either the prized Boswellia carteri species, of African origin, or the more highly prized Boswellia sacra, of Arabian origin.

The historical evidence combined with the superior phytochemical profile and therapeutic values of these two species were key factors behind Young Living’s selection of them for our prized frankincense products: frankincense and sacred frankincense. Moreover, Young Living is proud of the singular opportunity we have to be the first commercial frankincense distiller in Oman in hundreds of years.

Today, frankincense trees in the Dhofar region of Oman are regarded as a gift from God, and those whose land they grow on are considered exceedingly blessed. Oman is the greenest and most fertile land on the Arabian Peninsula. Its peculiar climatic and geological and geographical conditions (warm winters, steady sun, limestone soil with deposits of calcium carbonate, and cooling monsoon winds) provide the ideal conditions for the Boswellia sacra trees to produce the finest resin in the world. In her book Frankincense: Oman’s Gift to the World, Juliet Highet compares frankincense trees from other regions, concluding that “no other trees produce the same pure, exalted fragrance” as those found in Dhofar.

In preparation for the groundbreaking presentation “Frankincense: Separating Fact from Fallacy,” Young Living researchers conducted a thorough review of all available scientific literature on the topic of three frankincense species: Boswellia sacra, Boswellia carteri, and Boswellia frereana, including all 11 USDA references to Boswellia frereana. None of the 11 references reported that Boswellia frereana grows in or was ever cultivated in Oman. We invite you to review the references for yourself.

Our research, combined with existing scientific and historical literature, suggests that Boswellia sacra truly is a precious gift, worthy of legend status. Moreover, Young Living is proud of the singular opportunity we have to be the first commercial frankincense distiller in Oman in hundreds of years.

We at Young Living Essential Oils invite you to experience the unique, spiritual properties of our highly-prized sacred frankincense of true Omani origin.

—Scott Johnson, Product Training Program Manager

  • http://www.youngliving.org/eleos dianne tzouras

    What other company has taken fifteen trips to Oman in the same number of years to establish a Sacred Frankincense distillery on site?
    Thank you Young Living for your dedication and service as the unsurpassed world leader in essential oils.
    Dianne Tzouras

  • Amy Minor

    Thank you Young Living for delivering the HIGHEST QUALITY essential oil on earth!! We are truely grateful for this!! <3

  • http://www.patriciabrown.vibrantscents.com Patricia Brown

    I am enjoying the benifits of frankincense. The sacred frankincense has a very calming relaxing influence on me. I find that tension and anxiety just vanish. I love the product. Sometimes I add 2 drops to a shot of Ningxia Red or in a glass of cold water. I even drop it under my tongue. I also add additional drops somtimes to my Slique Tea. Enjoy Pat

  • kat pfeiffer

    Thank You Dr.and Mary Young for giving us the best products.

    We appreciate your hard work and dedication.

    God Bless You and your family

    Kat pfeiffer

  • Clare Stride

    Hello, thank you for all the great information. I was just wondering if you could clear something up please. A man in my community who we have all been supporting through cancer now claims to have cured himself by injecting Frankincense into his veins. I would have thought this would lead to rapid kidney failure. Have you heard of this before? Is it possible?

  • http://www.essentialoilsforliving.com Anthony Zappia

    I understand that an agreement has been signed between YL and the sultanate of Oman. Just wondering, if this has been published anywhere. It’s one thing to be able to tell potential customers that we have exclusive rights to sell the Sacra and another to give them actual evidence of this.


    Thank you for your research, and development with such a precious oil. I use your Young Living Frankincense- to relieve neck pain, heal a burn, control the jitters, quiet down for prayer time and to refresh me when I am in class… awesome stuff… Thank you.

  • Linda White

    I’ve been told that Franckinse brings the number down on your cholestrol. Would you please tell me which Franckinse I need to use to achieve this results. I’ve stopped talking all staton drugs for they cause my leg muscles to hurt severly. I’m excited to find this out and to share with others when I can have a testomony. I am so glad that a friend shared Oils with me. I use many different oils. Thanks

  • adenike akinola

    i am interested to purchase your product. please advise me of the best way. I am resident in Nigeria.
    Thank you.

  • Coreen Sabat

    Can anyone provide a source for info on the differences between the YL Frankincense & Sacred Frankincense, and recommendations for use of each ?

    • http://blog.youngliving.com productblog

      Take a look at the following links:

      The quick answer is…
      Sacred Frankincense essential oil comes from the Boswellia sacra frankincense tree and is distilled at the Young Living distillery in Oman. Sacred Frankincense is ideal for those who wish to take their spiritual journey and meditation experiences to a higher level.

      Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focus the mind and overcome stress and despair.

  • http://tarotcirkel.wordpress.com Annick

    Interesting, do you also sell ‘mini bottles’?

  • Jenni

    I would like to see the information on the presentation and references that are linked in the article, but the links only take me to other articles. Can you help?