Incense, Olibanum, Ru Xiang (Traditional Chinese Medicine) Shallaki (Ayurvedic)
India, Arab Peninsula, Africa
A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake we include it's nativity.
Resin is created by stripping the bark of a branch and exposing the sap to the air, Frankincense takes about 3 months to dry into what one might call "golden tears"
Note: This information is for historical and ceremonial use only, this information is not FDA-regulated or approved. When considering the Medicinal properties, do not forget that the species, application, and parts used are critical. And please read all warnings.
Analgesic: Pain reliever
Antibacterial: Stops or slows the spread of bacteria
Anti-Fungal: Stops or slows the spread of fungi
Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation/swelling
Antimicrobial: Slows or stops the spread of microorganisms, particularly those that spread pathogens
Antiseptic: Stops the growth of disease-spreaders
Cardiotonic: Strengthens cardiovascular muscles and encourages oxygen flow to the heart
Carminative: Relieves gas... Farts, specifically.
Diuretic: Makes you pee
Hemostatic: Stops bleeding, typically used in surgeries to keep excessive bleeding at bay
Hypoglycemic: aids in the secretion of insulin and uptake of glucose
Hypolipidemic: Aids in the lowering of cholesterol
Parasiticide: Kills parasites
Stimulant: Help to boost brain function and energy
Stomachic: Promotes appetite and aids in digestion
Divinities & Mythos
Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:
Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.
Element(s): Fire, Air
Warning: Do not ingest! + Pregnancy
Frankincense is meant to be used exclusively as a poultice, steam, or incense. Any other uses are not advised as Frankincense is toxic when ingested.
The reviews are mixed on whether frankincense can cause complications for pregnant women. It is probably best to avoid it.
Spiritual Awakening & Growth
Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.
Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have.
When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?