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    Hojari Frankincense Resin

    Price: $15

    Here you have wild-grown Boswellia sacra from Oman’s fabled valley of Hojar. Thick, milky, and great to chew as gum or steep as a tonic. A pristine citrus aroma notches sharper and fruitier than other Somali or Ethiopian varieties.

    Some incenses leave an unpleasant, almost choking aroma in the room after heating. Fine Omani frankincense like this does the exact opposite. Known for its cleansing properties, it’s no surprise priests and monks perfume their congregations with it. In addition to its sweet-balsamic, fresh orange and yuzu peel aroma, you’ve got increased mental focus to look forward to, while its remarkable anxiolytic quality gently massages your mood. When chewed, it turns soft and sticky like bubblegum, giving off its zesty twang throughout, all while you reap its health benefits.

    If you enjoy frankincense for its aroma, you’ve got a mixture of white, brown, green, and red to explore the delicate olfactory nuances between the different hues. Overall, the citrus top notes are delicious, airy, and fantastic for casual heating.

    The scent’s aromatherapeutic value is well documented, and its use goes back millennia. Frankincense is the incense of choice in spiritual ceremonies around the world to this day, and doctors are fervently catching on to its medicinal properties. Some of the most notable physicians of our day swear by it, which was also the trigger for my quest in Oman for the best Hojar has to offer.

    The sheer plethora of healing and psychoactive effects packed into these ‘tears’ has led to frankincense being dubbed the King of Essential Oils. Its scent is heavenly and unobtrusive, which makes an ideal daily incense for your home, office, or yoga studio.

    Medicinally, frankincense can help with skin conditions, bronchial issues, rheumatic and arthritic pain, and even urinary qualms. It lowers blood pressure, helps reduce stress and even boosts the immune system. Apply the oil around your eyes to prevent wrinkles, and use it to treat scars, stretch marks, and sunspots. 

    Thanks to its strong antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, enjoy frankincense as mouthwash or gum. Its citrusy taste makes it easy to chew or drink. Simply chew on a piece like you would bubble gum or dissolve the gum (or add a drop oil) to your tea or water to benefit directly from its internal health benefits.

    I chew and drink it myself on an almost daily basis. I like to dissolve three or four tears in a bottle of water, keep it in the fridge overnight, and drink in the morning for an uplifting tonic. As for burning… the citrus note slowly emerging from the kyara heater creates a completely mind-bending ambiance that puts you in another space.

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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