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Frankincense as you have never experienced it.
Boswellia serrata, Indian Frankincense Resin, traditionally dry-distilled in the clay stills used for millenia.
Explanation of the process from my supplier:
"Gum frankincense (also known in local language as Loban) is processed by distillation method from ancient time before the development of stainless steel. Common construction material in old time for distillation equipment was copper. Because of the presence of acid (like boswellic acid) during processing (distillation) copper reacts with metal and creates holes in the vessel and the entire biomass forms a coating inside vessels and sticks in thick layers.
In order to solve this problem distillers in ancient India developed a unique method which is known in modern time as destructive distillation. In this process they collected the fresh resins with high percentages of oils in it (min. 20%). This resin is charged to a clay vessel with top lid and goose neck on other side.
Direct heating of the clay vessel allows the oil to form condensed drops (Choya) on the gooseneck side. This is collected and known as Choya Loban (condensed drops from frankincense by direct heat).
This has been done from time immemorial (although highly labor intensive) due to the many therapeutic advantages.
This process is direct combination of three element Resin+ Clay pot + heat ---> Choya Loban. No water is used so no transformation of many chemicals present in resin due to hydrolysis. Many new Chemicals are formed due to strong heat on Mono and sesquiterpense which are not possible to get in regular hydrodistilled Frankincense oils. This process can not be done on large scale due to limitation of clay vessel size."
I'm writing to ask for a chemical comparison of the Choya Loban compared to a steam-distilled Boswellia Serrata… and I'm wondering if the healthcare benefits and research I have seen citing therapeutic benefits of the Indian Frankincense are based on the steam-distilled oil, or the more traditional Choya.
"More will be revealed… at any rate, the Choya is a perfumer's rarity… a deep smoky/resinous/leathery base note…
Please note…other suppliers state that Choya Loban is produced by dry distillation of Benzoin resin… since the producer says it's Frankincense, I choose to believe the producer, rather than another importer. (One importer lists it as distilled from Benzoin, but with the scientific name Boswellia serrata…which is most definitely Frankincense, not Benzoin. So 'tis a puzzlement!)
Potent and pungent, Choyas all demand usage in VERY small amounts of the blend! Jim's comment while pouring it in (Jim always gets to evaluate first!) "very smoky, thickness is somewhere between vetiver and distilled Frankincense." VERY smokey indeed. If you want a bit of smoke for a blend, Choya Loban will be your friend!.