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The History of Frankincense

Thousands of Years of Experience and Tradition

History

History

Frankincense is a golden-yellow aromatic resin that has been revered by religious traditions, medical experts, and skin care professionals for millennia.

Frankincense has long been considered an important remedy in various traditional medicine systems such as those of India or China. It was equally revered in the medicine of Ancient Greece and Rome and the Islamic Arabic and Christian Latin Middle Ages, as well as the early modern period. It was so valuable that the Three Magi brought it as a gift, along with gold and myrrh. A coveted trade item, for centuries this “King of Oils” had been brought from the Middle East to Europe on the route that was ultimately to carry its name—the Incense Route. Frankincense is inextricably linked to human history.

Origins

Frankincense is a gum resin that is obtained by slashing and bleeding the bark of Boswellia, a genus of trees endemic to specific regions in northeastern Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, and the Indian subcontinent. Alpinia sources its resin from India.

The ancient tradition of collecting frankincense often lies in the hands of tribal communities living in the forests of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. The precious resin is tapped by peeling the outer bark of the Boswellia tree. After a few days, the resin that has bled from the cut trunk is collected, dried, cleaned, and sorted for quality.

Effect

Research

Since the mid-1980s, modern science has been increasingly focused on researching the medical value of frankincense. Frankincense consists of a heterogeneous mixture of aromatic volatile oils, polysaccharides, and the typical boswellic acids, which have been the main target of modern research.

Numerous pharmacological and clinical studies have been conducted that show a broad spectrum of efficacy, supporting many of the ancient applications.

Boswellia Serrata

Alpinia uses Indian frankincense (Boswellia serrata), which is endemic to Northern and Central India as well as the Lower Himalayan Range. Boswellia serrata has its own monograph in the European Pharmacopoeia, a reference work that defines the highest medical quality standards.

Our research is guided by the standards identified in this monograph and our years of experience. The frankincense extract in our Unisantis products is created using a sustainable, minimal-processing method, developed by Alpinia Institute.

Effect

Uses

Uses

Potential

Aside from its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing effects, frankincense also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Today, frankincense is being rediscovered as a therapy for various skin diseases and is used in skin care to achieve and maintain vibrant, healthy skin.

For millennia, frankincense has been known to improve human health and well-being. It is time to revitalise this knowledge and make it accessible once more.

The History of Frankincense - Alpinia Unisantis Cream

High quality

The frankincense extract contained in Unisantis products is produced in a gentle process specially developed by the Alpinia Institute. For this we use exclusively high-quality Indian incense of the species Boswellia serrata. Our specifications are based on the standards of the European Pharmacopoeia and ensure high material quality and maximum consumer safety.

Fair Distribution & Biodiversity

Our company is one of the first to obtain Indian frankincense according to the guidelines of the Nagoya Protocol, an agreement on biodiversity (UN Convention on Biological Diversity). The Nagoya Protocol is an international legally binding agreement signed by more than 115 countries. It comprises a commitment to share the benefits arising from the utilization of natural resources in a fair and equitable way and prevents the exploitation of the countries of origin and their local communities.

Fair Distribution & Biodiversity

Our company is one of the first to obtain Indian frankincense according to the guidelines of the Nagoya Protocol , an agreement on biodiversity (UN Convention on Biological Diversity). The Nagoya Protocol is an international legally binding agreement signed by more than 115 countries. It delineates a commitment to sharing the benefits of using natural resources fairly and equitably, and prevents the exploitation of the countries of origin and their local communities.

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