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PURE Frankincense Essential Oil*Somalia**

PURE Frankincense Essential Oil*Somalia**

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The Purest GIFT of God...

Frankincense trees are fast-becoming endangered.

Syc Mystic Universal:
Ours is the ONLY Frankincense to come from Somalia, it's original country of origin and is therefore the PUREST AND THE BEST.

The Backstory Of Frankincense:
A gift from the desert: The HEALING powers of Frankincense:
It was one of the gifts of the Magi – in addition to myrrh and gold they offered frankincense to the newly born baby Jesus.

Frankincense is a resin derived from trees belonging to the Boswellia family, of which there are around 20 different species.

The trees grow naturally in the dry regions spanning from West Africa (where about 75% of all Boswellia trees are found) to Arabia and south to the northeast region of Tanzania. Some can also be found in India and Madagascar.

Boswellia trees have an outer bark that peels away like parchment flakes and a greenish inner bark, which contains the trees’ sap and aromatic resins.

We call these resins frankincense, or olibanum, and the precious resin, sometimes called “pearls of the desert”, is collected either by making an incision in the tree and allowing the resin to flow and harden, or by collecting hardened resin that has flowed naturally from the tree.

The word frankincense is derived from the ancient French name “frankincense,” meaning “pure incense.” Since ancient times the aromatic fragrance of burning Boswellia resin has been part of many religious ceremonies and is still used as a means to indicate special festive atmosphere in the church today.

But frankincense does much more:

“The resin from the trunk of Boswellia trees contains anti-inflammatory substances,” says Professor Dr Oliver Werz of the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, in Germany commenting on his own research in 2011.

A potent anti-inflammatory

Frankincense is a well-known anti-inflammatory. Of the more than 300 known active ingredients in frankincense extract, boswellic acids are the most well-studied.

Examining the curative effect of frankincense, Professor Werz and his colleagues were able to show where exactly how boswellic acids – which are responsible for the impact of the ingredients of the Boswellia resin –remedy the process of inflammation.

“Boswellic acids interact with several different proteins that are part of inflammatory reactions, but most of all with an enzyme which is responsible for the synthesis of prostaglandin E2, [these] acids block this enzyme efficiently and thereby reduce the inflammatory reaction,” he says.

Prostaglandin E2 is one of the mediators of the immune response and plays a decisive role in the process of inflammation, in the development of fever and of pain.

Werz says he is convinced that the active substances can be very beneficial in therapies against asthma, rheumatoid arthritis or atopic dermatitis.

Fewer adverse effects

In addition to a new, targeted use in the treatment of inflammatory conditions, boswellic acids also have the advantage of producing fewer adverse effects than today’s prevalent anti-inflammatory treatments like harsh prescriptions. The impact of these common drugs is less specific, according to Werz, and unlike boswellic acids, they increase the risk of stomach ulcers and can harm the kidneys.

Frankincense on the other hand has shown few adverse effects (oral doses can produce some nausea and stomach upset) and no known interactions with conventional prescriptions.

Different species, different effects

Photo of resin seeping from a Boswellia negletca tree
The precious resin seeps naturally from the Boswellia negletca tree in Africa

In the Werz’s study, researchers compared the anti-inflammatory effects of the resin of several different kinds of frankincense.

The most well-known and widely-used species of Boswellia is the Boswellia serrata from Northern and central India.

However says Professor Werz of his study, “We were able to show that the resin of the Boswellia papyrifera is ten times more potent”. This species mostly occurs in the Northeast of Africa (Ethiopia, Somalia).

Gathering the evidence

Frankincense is a mainstay of Ayurvedic remedies and a recent raft of studies has shown explored its healing powers.

Taken orally, capsules containing Boswellia frereana have been shown to ease painful arthritis. Boswellia carterii has similarly been shown to be anti-inflammatory.

Animal studies and pilot clinical trials in humans support the potential of Boswellia serrata gum resin extract (BSE) for the treatment of a variety of inflammatory diseases like inflammatory bowel disease, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and asthma. It has also been shown to be effective in treating chronic cluster headaches.

Indeed, in 2008 a well-known alternative medicine pro, who reviewed the evidence for the medicinal properties of frankincense (in this case B serrata) in the British Medical Journal found that Boswellia extracts showed some promise in treating asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, knee osteoarthritis, where one trial found that the effect lasted longer than when patients took valdecoxib, a selective COX-2 inhibitor and collagenous colitis.

He concluded that the evidence was “extremely encouraging” for treating a range of conditions caused or maintained by inflammatory processes.

***Boswellia serrata extract also exhibits anti-bacterial and anti-fungal activities. There's also laboratory evidence suggesting that Boswellia carterii possesses anti-cancer properties.***

Adding to the interesting findings in anti-cancer studies, in 2013 researchers from the University of Leicester in the UK, released the findings of a study, ahead of publication, which showed that the AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic) compound found in frankincense and ovarian problems cells in a lab. Previous studies have linked the AKBA and other active compounds in frankincense as potential treatments for other cancerss including colorectal, pancreatic and breast conditions (in these last two studies it was B. sacra essential that was found to be effective).

Protecting an endangered species

The research into the medicinal qualities of frankincense, as well as its widespread use in perfumery and cosmetics, throws up several questions about the sustainable production of the tree, however.

“Boswellic acids exclusively occur in the resin of Boswellia trees and are very difficult to produce synthetically,“ Professor Werz points out. Therefore these trees are the only source of these promising active ingredients.

However several species of Boswellia trees, including Boswellia papyrifera which grows in Northern Ethiopia, are already endangered.

Ethiopia is, in fact, worldwide the main producer of frankincense and myrrh.

While sustainable gum/resin production could significantly contribute towards sustainable development of what are often marginal dry lands, it is years of improper land use (overgrazing, over-harvesting of gum/resins and wood) threatens the sustainability of the frankincense tree and as a result of that also the long-term gum/resin production. In addition infestation by the longhorn beetle is threatening the planting of new trees.

****In some impoverished countries the trees are simply being used as heating fuel****

“Without sustained protection not only plant species are endangered but at the same time medicine loses promising active ingredients,” Professor Werz warns.

******Frankincense as Syc Mystic Universal's Remedies

Syc Mystic Universal Health And Wellness sources its wildcrafted frankincense from Somalia, from producers that have been tending and harvesting the trees by hand for generations. Our Frankincense, organic frankincense from Kenya with this wild-harvested frankincense from Somalia to create our unique, hard-to-find and elusive essential oil.*****

The species of frankincense we use – Boswellia carterii and Boswellia neglecta – are not endangered.

Boswellia carterii is the oil traditionally used in aromatherapy and this genus only grows in Somalia. In addition, in Somaliland frankincense production does not compete with agricultural production in the way it does in Northern Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa.

*****It also provides an income to families in a country with few other natural resources and thus few other opportunities to participate in the global marketplace.****

Our organic Boswellia neglecta is unique in that resin from this genus of frankincense tree seeps naturally from the bark. The resin is collected by the women of the Samburu Tribe, from trees that grow wild in Northern Kenya. The women are able to simply pick the resin from the trees (avoiding the sharp thorns!), meaning it has a very light environmental footprint.

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