The tree or shrub is grown in the Middle East, China, Ethiopia, Iran and Lebanon, name means 'real incense' in French, sometimes referred to as 'Olibanum' meaning oil from Lebanon, burnt at alters in Egypt as an offering to the gods and used as an aid to meditation, in ancient times as valuable as gold making it a worthy gift for the infant Jesus. A haunting woody spicy, fragrance, often used as a fumigate to banish 'evil' spirits. The oil is obtained from the tree bark using traditional methods of incisions thus making it an expensive oil in labour and time.
Chemical composition is Cadinene, Camphene, Dipentene, Pinene, Phellandrene and Olibanol.
Helps slow breathing, creating a feeling of calm and soothing effect on the mind, said to have an excellent respiratory effect, useful for asthma sufferers. A typical seasonal fragrance but is popular all year round.
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