Plants of The Bible (Frankincense)

Frankincense has hard durable wood that is used for various purposes; the primary one is for incense. Gum is obtained by cutting a thin layer of bark away and collecting the resin. It hardens into the finest incense in the world. Its oil was used as a fumigant for animal sacrifices and as a perfume during Bible times. The frankincense plant has pink or white flowers with five petals and a yellow center.

And you shall put pure frankincense on each row, that it may be on the bread for a memorial, an offering made to the Lord. (Leviticus 24:7)

The gift of frankincense made by the wise men to baby Jesus (Matthew 2:11) immediately comes to mind when frankincense is mentioned. Here is an Old Testament use of frankincense in celebrating the “Feast of Tabernacles.” Twelve cakes were to be baked and set in two rows on the gold table in the Tabernacle for a memorial and offering. The bread represents God’s sustenance for His people.

Botanical Name

Boswellia Serrata (Olibanum)




እጣን – E’ttan


ኢትዮጵያ – Ethiopia



Warm, Aromatic, Acrid, Moving

Main actions

moves blood and qi, quickens the blood

Secondary actions

soothes sinews, frees the flow of meridians


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