Resin incense is one of the world's oldest forms of incense. These are naturally occurring in various plant species, especially in trees from the Torchwood (Burseraceae) family. You might have heard resins referred to as “sap”, such as the aromatic sap that is produced by pine, fir, and spruce trees. Some of the oldest and most widely known incense resins include Frankincense (Boswellia), Myrrh (Commiphora), and Dragon’s Blood (Dracaena/Daemonorops). The New World resins known as Copal (Bursera/Protium) are famous for their use as incense by the Maya and various other cultures throughout Central and South America. Many resins have been historically used in religious settings, for purifying the air, for repelling insects, and even for medicinal uses.
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