PURE HANDMADE INCENSE
“Livani” is a greek word which means
frankincense. This comes from the Arabic word Luban, olibanum in
Latinwhich literally means milk, since the knots offrankincense on
the tree look like milk, like the milk that lactates out of a fig.
Those knots or “tears” are collected in the same way we get the
mastic in Chios, making incisions in the bark. The incisions are
made at certain times of the year. After collecting frankincense, up
to three pounds a year, the trees are left to revive for five to
seven years .
Frankincense is an aromatic gum resin trees of thegenus Boswellia,
which is a small deciduous tree, which reaches a height of 5 meter.
It has white flowers andusually grows on steep, rocky areas or in
sandy areas in the south of the Arabian peninsula, the Ethiopian
Somali and western India, offering "sanctuary" to other species of
the plant kingdom. The best quality of frankincense is produced in
western Oman and Yemen. Unfortunately, the production of
frankincense is expected to be reduced by half in the coming years.
Existing forests are constantly decimated, as older trees die
without being replaced by new. This means that forests "dry up".
Trees in Oman and Yemen, are systematically cut. In Ethiopia, land
is converted into arable areas.
Τhe natural frankincense is burned either alone (as it was burned
from ancient times to the present day) or in the form of incenses.
The Incenses are a relatively recent development, of last 40 years,
and comes out of the mixed ground natural incense aromas in specific
Frankincense was one of the gifts of the Magi according to Matthew's
gospel. Tradition says that it was donated by Balthasar, the
coloured king of Ethiopia or of Sheba, thus fulfilling the prophecy
of Isaiah that gold and incense will be offered by the nobles in
honor of the Heavenly King. Frankincense was the purest incense.
When it was burned, it gave off a white smoke which symbolized the
prayers and gratitude of the faithful ascending to heaven. This gift
symbolizes Christ’s sacrifice, divinity, His sweetness and His
sacred role. It dates back to the ancients who often burned incense
during religious ceremonies. It is also a symbol of the holy name of
At the time of Christ's birth frankincense grew in Arabia, India and
Ethiopia . During the Roman Empire the trade of frankincense
experienced its flourishing period. At that time the incense was as
precious as jewels and precious metals.
The scientific study of the therapeutic properties of frankincense,
began by the observations of a Dutch traveler who noticed sick
gazelles to bite livanodentra in Yemen. Today’s scientific research
has proved the healing properties of natural incense. So the burning
ofnatural incense, is not only used for the religious needs of the
Orthodox, but is also useful for daily hygiene reasons.
In order to see our incense
collection, please go to page "Orders" or click