Anthro Esoterica

Uses and Properties of Plant Resins


Terpenoids unique to Frankincense (bosweillic acids, incensole, etc.) have been shown to potentially carry anti-inflammatory and mood-enhancing effects.* Additionally, this resin, like most others, also has a antiseptic effect when burned, or used topically.

Myrrh and Guggul

Like Frankincense, Myrrh also has bioactive terpenoid compounds that are unique to it. While the ones in Frankincense are anti-inflammatory, the ones in Myrrh act as extremely mild opioids, in a manner that is pain relieving, but non-intoxicating.

Pine Resin

Pine resin is the source of many products, such as turpentine and rosin for stringed instruments like violins. It can be used to seal minor cuts and wounds*, can be mixed into cosmetics and topical skin car products, and can also be burned as an incense.


Copal refers to several different types of tree resins, generally from the Burseracea family of trees usually found in desert and tropical Latin America and the Carribean. However, there are other sources of copal resin. Other sources define copal as semi-fossilized resin, halfway between normal resin and amber. Copal can be used for many of the same things that other resins can be used for.


Mastic is the source of Mastic Gum, a resin from the Mediteranean that is the source of the original chewing gum of the West, used by the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, and the peoples of the area today. The word "masticate" is derived from the use of this gum. Mastic gum, aside from being a fine-smelling incense, can be chewed as gum or eaten (it is an ingredient in Turkish Dondurma ice cream, and some Greek Liquors). It is very effevtive at killing the bateria responsible for peptic ulcers*, and is excellent for the digestive tract*.

Dragon's Blood

The vibrant red resin called Dragon's Blood comes from one of two species of Dracanea trees, one from the Canary Islands, and the famous Socotra Island Dragon Trees, both commercial sources of this resin. Unlike mastic, and some forms of Frankincense and myrrh, this resin is not edible and should only be used as an incense.

The raw resin incense that we provide should be burned on a coal that is placed in an incense censer or other non-flammable and safe surface. We will have coals and censers available on our site soon!

Our incense can currently be ordered from our Etsy site at