Pure Myrrh (commiphora myrrha) from Somaliland. Harvested in the dry season and native to the coasts of Northern Somaliland and inland Ethiopia. Burns with a very earthy scent.
We import this directly from Somaliland and thus your purchase of this product thus helps support the people of this impoverished nation which has very few economic opportunities at the moment.
Please note that this comes to us as a fairly raw, unprocessed agricultural product, and in huge pieces. As such, there are slight variances in color and texture of the myrrh, however it all has essentially the same smell. We grind it up into useable pieces ourselves for you, but in the process, some of it does become powder-like. This powder is just as much the resin as the bigger pieces and will produce the same smell as the bigger pieces when burned, it is not like the powder on Athonite incense that is essentially useless on its own.
Note: For those who are interested to purchase larger amounts of this incense, they should contact us directly for both current availability (which changes often) and prices.
We find the use of incense as far back as the Old Testament, such as Psalm 141:2, “Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense; and the lifting up of my hands be as an evening sacrifice.” In Malachi 1:11, it says, “…and in every place incense is going to be offered to my name.” Much of the worship of the early Church came from the Hebrew rites and traditions established before Christ, including the reading of Psalms (which are in every service of the Orthodox Church), incense, chanting, and much more. Incense is made from aromatic plant matter, (the good smelling plant parts) and a binding agent to hold it together, either oil or resin.