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Olibanum Gum

 Specifications 

Also known as frankincense, Gum Olibanum  

Definition 

Gum Olibanum is the dry exudates obtained from the stems and branches of Boswellia papyrifera (Del) tree (fam. Burseraceae).Frankincense trees can grow in all environments even out of solid rock. The trees produce resin when they are 8 to 10 years old and they are tapped twice or three times a year, the final taps produce the best and highly aromatic content 

Description 

Gum Olibanum is a greenish-yellow solid in the form of irregular nodules which on pressing form a slightly plastic mass. Its product, the resin, is hand-sorted for quality. Quality is based on colour, aroma, shape, age and colour. Silver and Hojari are known to be the highest grades of frankincense. Hojari smells differently due to different climates, it smells better in western countries where the climate is cold and damp. Silver smells better in the hot climates of Arabia and Africa 

Uses 

It is used as a fixative for perfumes, in soap manufacture and as an incense in holly places. It is also used as an insecticide. When the charred ressin is grounded, it produces a powder called kohl also known as eyeliner. In areas infested with mosquito-borne illnesses, olibanum is recommended as a protection against Malaria, West Nile Virus and Dengue Fever

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