Sacred Scents from Mother Earth
Shallaki Frankincense from India - Boswellia serrata
Shallaki or Salai Guggal is the Boswellia species from India. The resin is yellow to orange and is very similar to the African varieties of Boswellia carterii, although it is usually darker and opaquer. Some authors suggest that this type of incense was widely preferred in the age of the Old Testament.
Latin name: Boswellia serrata
Commercial names: Luban, Salai Guggal, Shallaki
Harvest location: India
Scent: strong, spicy scent, citrus aroma
Without a doubt, the Indian frankincense of the Boswellia serrata tree is the most extensively researched variety, enjoying an ancient tradition, both in medicine and ritual. Described in the “Bhava Prakasha”, a centuries-old Ayurvedic book, the Indian frankincense shallaki was recommended as a medical remedy.
Indian frankincense is also very well known here in Germany, as it is the only type that has undergone drug testing and is therefore available for purchase as a health remedy.
When burned, it gives off more smoke than other varieties and smells much spicier.
Other names and synonyms are Boswellia balsamifera, Boswellia thurifera, Indian frankincense, Salai, Salai Gugul, Guggal, Shallaki, Luban, and sometimes Frankincense Dhoop.
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