This is a very interesting Resin. It is a water-soluble gum derived from the hardened sap of the acacia tree species. It grows mostly in Sudan and throughout the Sahel, from Senegal to Somalia and Somaliland .
Gum Arabic is a complex mixture of glycoproteins and polysaccharides predominantly consisting of arabinose and galactose. It is soluble in water, edible, and used primarily in the food industry and soft-drink industry as a stabilizer. It is also used as a binder for paint production and cosmetics. Definition is coming from Wikipedia here:
When I wanted to purchase this I wanted to find out traditionally what it’s used for in Somaliland. I spoke to some of the farmers that harvest it. They told me it is excellent for digestion and also lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels and that’s what they used it for.
Of course, I had to research this further and I found some interesting facts and I put some of the websites here that I researched it in.
There have been several studies it shows that it does lower blood sugar and can also lower cholesterol levels and helps with those with IBS.
Here are some interesting links to studies about this resin:
Metabolic effect of Gum Arabic (Acacia Senegal) in patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM): Randomized, placebo controlled double blind trial
Effect of Gum Arabic (Acacia Senegal) supplementation on visceral adiposity index (VAI) and blood pressure in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus as indicators of cardiovascular disease (CVD): a randomized and placebo-controlled clinical trial
The Health Benefits of Acacia Fiber or Gum Arabic
Effect of composite yogurt enriched with acacia fiber and Bifidobacterium lactis
I asked the farmers how do use it and they melt it in warm water and once it dissolves, put it in the refrigerator or a cool place and take a teaspoon of it in juice or milk daily. And they claim it really works.
It does work because I experimented with it and my AIC has gone down a lot. I am pre-diabetic and have been maintaining it with diet and exercise, but since I am getting older it is creeping up on me. So I decided to test it out. I am finding my AIC numbers are going down. They went from 6.9 to 6.6 in 3 months of using this resin. Right now it is holding at 5.9. This is the lowest it has ever been and I have been since I was diagnosed 20 years ago.
It has not helped my cholesterol levels but I am told those who are using it has helped a bit. It also helps with gas in one's stomach because it is a binder, and those who have IBS. Since using this resin my bowl movements have been much better. I have IBS myself and I am finding it is helping with this too.
How to use it:
How does one use it? You can either use the whole resin I sell and put 1 ounce of the resin in 6 ounces of hot water in a Ball Jar. Mix it up and once it is almost completely melted put it into the refrigerator. It should last in there about 2-3 weeks. Every day put a teaspoon of the liquid into something hot. I put it into the coffee. Start once a day then once you find you can handle it you can do it 2x a day or do One tablespoon once a day. It has no taste nor any smell so it basically can go into anything that is a liquid.
I sell the resin and you can get it here
Frankincense Resin may be ingested as long as you use some common sense. The resins are the natural material from the tree and not concentrated like Essential Oils are.
All of the resins are good for inflammation, calming and balance.
If you are going to try this you are doing it at your own risk because everyone's body is different. Also Frankincense resins do not cure anything. There are not enough long term studies to prove this.
I suggest you use 00 capsules because they are small and easy to swallow.
You may take a half of a teaspoon and wash it down with a full glass of water but I do not suggest this because it can get caught up in your teeth. Resins are quite gummy and can stick to your teeth and actually pull out fillings or caps. Using a capsule and washing it down with a full glass of water it does not break down till it hits your stomach and your stomach acids should break it up and the rest, your liver will take care of.
You need to make the resin into a powder to do this.
You should freeze the resin first then grind it down.
You should purchase 00 capsules made out of vegetables so it dissolves more easily.
Please check with your physician before doing this. Most physicians have no clue about resins but it is better to check anyway. Also a few resins have contradictions with prescription drugs like Boswellia serrata which has a problem with those on Heart medicine and Blood Thinners so if you are taking these drugs please do not use this one.
Boswellia sacra any one of them, would be a good starting point, it also smells good. Hojari "Green" sacra is very strong so I would use this one if there is real severe pain.
Boswellia superior sacra is a good one for any type of inflammation in the body like muscle pain or joint pain.
Boswellia brown sacra is a good one for maintenance once the inflammation is under control because it is not as strong as the other ones.
I would start with one capsule a day to make sure you have no reaction, like stomach acid, cramps or diarrhea.
After a week you can go for 2x a day but not more. I have found with those trying this if you increase it they were getting stomach problems.
Try to take it after you eat breakfast and dinner with a full glass of water.
I do not recommend to try this on an empty stomach.
It may take up to a week or two before you notice any difference.
I am using it for the pain I have in my foot and it seems to be helping. I have less swelling and I do not feel like I want to cry every time I put my foot down.
I have clients that have used it for arthritis in their knees and they found after about 1 month they can actually walk with less pain.
This is what one client told me the other day in the Frankincense Group I run.
"I would love give a huge shout out to Robin!! She has been such a great help to me, for my anxiety and my pain. I have had pain in my hands for about 6 months now. I have tried about every cream and essential oil mix I could make with not much help. I love to snowmobile, but have been unable to for long periods of time. Until Sunday. Robin helped me make my own capsules with her superior sacra resin. It worked!! I was able to go riding and had no pain in my hands like the other times!! I was actually able to enjoy the ride and the views! THANK YOU Robin Schiller-Kessler CA!!!!"
This is not a substitute if you have a life threatening disease so please use with caution and again talk to your Health Practitioner first before trying this.
I sell all the different sacra resins and you can get them here.
Robin B. Kessler, CCA
I am a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist who specializes in Seniors and Hospice. My passion is also these resins and support those who keep the sustainability of the all plants.