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by Andrea Butje on May 17, 2012

The essential oils that are distilled from resins are extraordinary. I love them all, and use my favorite resins daily.

Some of my favorite resins are Myrrh, Frankincense, Opopanax, and Copal. I love burning them, displaying them in small dishes, and using the essential oils derived from them.

Have you ever held a chunk of resin in your hands? It's so light, it's almost weightless! Sometimes I can't believe that such powerful essential oils can be distilled from something so light, yet so rock-hard.

Resins actually come from trees. They're drawn out by cutting into the tree's bark. Not too deeply--just deeply enough for the tree's protective processes to send healing resin to the surface. The resin seeps out and hardens over the next few weeks. The resin is then gathered and distilled to produce essential oils or to burn as incense.

We import resins from the distillers we work in in Ethiopia and Somalia. They arrive in huge, fragrant bags. Read more about my favorite resins in this post, where I mention a few different uses for each of my favorite resins and their essential oils.

Owner/Instructor at Aromahead Institute
Aromahead Institute, owned by Andrea Butje, is a premier resource for online aromatherapy classes. Andrea offers her inspired approach to online aromatherapy certification through essential oil videos and original education materials. Check out her book, Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health and Home, on Amazon!

Topics: Aromatherapy Education, Frankincense, Myrrh, resin

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