Traveling the Frankincense Trail

Gary at the camp in the Empty Quarter which stretches over 250,000 miles covering parts of Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Gary at the camp in the Empty Quarter which stretches over 250,000 miles covering parts of Oman, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

My travels around the world have been numerous over the last 30 years, looking for plants, looking for growers, and developing farms in order to get what we want for Young Living.

Why did the three magi take frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child?

There was an obvious reason why it was Boswellia sacra frankincense that traveled all the way from what is present-day Oman, then through the Hadhramaut, all the way through the Empty Quarter to Bethlehem—it grows in Southern Arabia. Boswellia carterii grows primarily in Somalia, where I was in November 2013.

Here I’m standing at the Empty Quarter camp when I was studying the Frankincense Trail and just doing general research on the history of frankincense and trees.

Choosing frankincense samples from a Salalah, Oman, shop to take back to the laboratory for testing.

Choosing frankincense samples from a Salalah, Oman, shop to take back to the laboratory for testing.

This photo was in the marketplace in Salalah, Oman. I go there every time I go to see what they’re selling, what they’re trading. I got some of my first samples here that I brought back for testing and analyzing.