Also known as Gum Arabic, this golden yellow resin has a ‘glassy’ look and a light, woody fragrance when burnt. It derives from several species of acacia that mostly grow as thorny bushes and are native to the arid regions of North Africa. The tree was honoured as the abode of a Goddess that could bestow fertility on women and heal the sick. In ancient Egypt it was used in the embalming procedure. Throughout the ancient world it played a role in medicine and magic. Gum Acacia has excellent binding properties and is very useful as a fixative for more volatile substances such as essential oils. It is used in incense blends intended for protection, healing, fertility and prosperity and is useful for spiritual grounding.
Since people first came together to honour the Gods and spirits of nature they used gums, resins and fragrant herbs to bring them closer to the divine beings and to give fragrant wings to their prayers. Every culture has their own sacred herbs that are particular to its region, yet, precious incense herbs and gums have also always been traded far beyond their country of origin.