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About the Honey

Bees and frankincense trees have an ancient evolutionary partnership, each supporting and benefiting the other. The frankincense trees produce fragrant, white flowers that the bees will fly up to 2 miles to visit! The trees provide the bees with nutritious nectar, and help guide the bees to the right flowers. 

Thriving trees

Once a flower has been pollinated and drained of its nectar, the small orange disk in the center of the flower turns a deep red, letting the bees know they can move on to a different flower. By pollinating the flowers, the bees help ensure a thriving, healthy population of frankincense trees--and by giving the bees nectar, the trees help the bees produce honey, providing them sustenance. 

Healthy bees

Frankincense is natural medicine. The trees create it to defend themselves from pathogens, diseases, and bugs. The bees know this too, and they purposefully gather the resin from natural exudations or from the harvesting taps. You can see in the photo small white specks on the bees’ legs--this is the frankincense resin that they’ve collected! The bees bring it back to the hive and use it to create propolis, a mixture of resin and beeswax that helps keep the hive healthy and defends the bees from microbes, bacteria, and fungi. As a result of the bees’ resin collection, frankincense is integrated into the hive. Frankincense is even ingrained into the honey itself.  

High Quality Honey

Tests using High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) show that the honey contains small amounts of boswellic acids, powerfully anti-inflammatory molecules that have been researched for their use in treating asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, osteoarthritis, colitis, and as a hepatoprotective and anti-cancer agent. The presence of boswellic acids in the honey helps show the profound connection between the bees and the frankincense trees, and contributes to the honey’s unique properties.

Frankincense Honey