Frankincense (Boswellia sacra) resin

Slash in the trunk of Boswellia sacra with the resin (frankincense) oozing

Frankincense is an oily gum resin from the tree Boswellia sacra and related species. It is named in the Bible as one the three gifts given to the baby Jesus by the 'Three Wise Men'. It has been used for thousands of years in many different cultures. Photographed by Helen Pickering

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