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Frankincense Tree Boswellia sacra

FAMILY: BURSERACEAE (Frankincense Family)

The frankincense tree produces a resin used to make frankincense, which today is commonly used to create incense. Powdered frankincense is mixed with spices, seeds, and roots to create different aromas used in soaps, lotions, bath salts, and more. In ancient times it was used in religious and state ceremonies, and charred frankincense powder was painted on the eyelids of wealthy Egyptians.