Dakkara is a dark and rocky looking resin obtained from the Boswellia genus. Larger pieces tend to still have a fresh, sticky interior. Frankincense from B. sacra/carteri was traditionally imported into Dakkara territory for incense use, however the importance for a sustainable cash crop (especially in Kenya) has led to the harvesting and sale of B. neglecta in modern times. The resin is now commonly used as an incense by various groups in its native locale. It has been recorded that the incense smoke is used by the Borana people for the offering of "peace prayers". Practically speaking, the smoke is also thought to be a mosquito repellant.
This incense smolders in the similar style of many other frankincense resins when placed upon a hot charcoal. The resin releases most of the essential oils first and then chars towards the latter half, making it important to remove the black lump from the coal during the burning cycle. We call this the "char-coaled marshmallow" effect. The aroma produced by Dakkara resin is initially very sweet, with pleasant earthy and woodsy underlying notes somewhat reminiscent of Maydi. While the resin produces a husky smoke at the end of the burn cycle as previously described, we have found that the resin produces an excellent clean aroma when heated indirectly.
Outside of incense production, Boswellia neglecta also finds use in medicine and carpentry. The gum is thought to be useful in the treatment of gonorrhea in the same manner as Boswellia frereana. Dakkara bark is often used in tonics and thought to help promote the healing of wounds. Root decotions are drunk as a treatment for enlarged spleens. The raw resin is used as chewing gum by the Turkana, Pokot and Rendille people. The bark is also made into tea by the Pokot and Turkana people. B. neglecta has found use in the cosmetic industry in the production of skin lotions and perfumes. The Daasanach and other groups have used the timber for light building materials, mainly in the production of small furniture and tooth brushes.
Various regional fauna have also been found to take a liking to the Dakaara tree. Bovine, camels, zebra, antelope and goats have all been known to browse on the foliage of B. neglecta. Elephants are also known to enjoy eating the bark of the tree.
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