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Yemen Tourism :: Frankincense gum resin

 

Yemen Tourism :: Frankincense gum resin

The trunks of both frankincense and myrrh trees exude a sticky substance called oleo gum resin. This oleo gum resin is made up of roughly 65% gum, 30% resin and 4% essential oil (frankincense), and 45% gum, 30% resin and 4% essential oil (myrrh). The tree trunks are incised by collectors to expedite the release of the resin, which dries in the hot desert sun into hard knobby masses called tears - a fitting name considering what the tree goes through, and in light of the fact that myrrh traditionally symbolizes suffering (Frankincense symbolizes divinity.)

 


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