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Term: Olibanum

Another name for the gum resin also known as frankincense. Some sources try to separate the two and state that olibanium is actually the resin of a similar but related tree that primarily grows in India (Olibanum:Boswellia Serrata; Frankincense: Boswellia Sacra or possibly Boswellia Thurifera, or Boswellia Carterii). Further, the term “olibanum” in some areas is a generic term meaning “incense.” Although Boswellia Serrata does have a very slightly different scent than the other boswellia gums, for magickal purposes they are believed to be interchangeable.