Frankincense neglecta is considered by many to be one of the finest of the many varieties of Frankincense in the world; just short of Frankincense’s Maydi and Beyo – It is quite unique, much treasured and sought after.
It is known to occur in the southern provinces of Bale, Gamo Gofa, Hararghe and Sidamo. It is also known to occur in Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. This product is from the Ogaden, an arid region of eastern Ethiopia. It occupies the barren plain between the Somalia-Ethiopia border and the Ethiopian Eastern Highlands (on which Harer and Dire Dawa are situated). In Sidamo it is called Dakara. It produces a commercially important olibanum, which is coloured either black or white but is usually a kind of oatmeal colour.
Frankincense Neglecta has a strong, fresh, citrus, sweet scent with warm wood-smoke undertones, it blends well with woods, spices, citruses and floral
History of Frankincense Neglecta:-
Frankincense has been used in perfumes & cosmetics for thousands of years. Today it is used as a fragrance component in soaps, cosmetics, perfumes, and incense.
Frankincense has been treasured for centuries and was burnt as the original incense to appease the gods. It was used by many cultures to treat almost all known ailments. It is botanically related to the tree that the essential oil myrrh is taken from.
The name for this resin likely comes from incense of Franks since it was reintroduced to Europe by Frankish Crusaders. Although it is better known as Frankincense to westerners the resin is also known as olibanum, which is derived from the Arabic al-lubán (the milk) a reference to the milky sap tapped from the Boswellia tree. Some have also postulated that the name comes from the Arabic term for Oil of Lebanon since Lebanon was the place where the resin was sold and traded with Europeans. Compare with Exodus 30 : 34, where it is clearly named levonah, meaning either white or Lebanese in Hebrew.
The lost city of Ubar, sometimes identified with Irem in what is now Oman, is believed to have been a centre of the Frankincense trade along the recently rediscovered Incense Road. Ubar was rediscovered in the early 1990s and is now under archaeological excavation.