The True, Legendary Omani Frankincense: Boswellia Sacra

2 May 1, 2012 - Archive

Boswellia Sacra | Young Living Sacred FrankincenseThroughout the ages, frankincense has been treasured for its many beneficial 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 of these two species were key factors behind Young Living’s selection of them for our prized frankincense products: Frankincense Oil and Sacred Frankincense Oil. 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.

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

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  • 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?

  • Interesting, do you also sell ‘mini bottles’?

  • Coreen Sabat

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

    • Take a look at the following links:

      The quick answer is…
      Sacred Frankincense essential oil has a rich, earthy aroma and deepens spiritual connection. It grows and is distilled in Oman and is regarded the world over as the rarest, most sought-after aromatic in existence.

      Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) includes the naturally occurring constituent boswellic acid, and has a woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma. Diffuse Frankincense during meditation for grounding and purpose. Applying this oil topically may help smooth the appearance of healthy-looking skin, and is excellent to use for massage after activity.

  • adenike akinola

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

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

  • 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

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