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The Frankincense tree grows on the steep slopes of the coastal escarpment of Northern Somalia, also known as Puntland. After the harvest the dried gum is bought by merchants and transported down from the villages in the mountains to Bosasso, a town on the Red Sea, where women sort, clean and grade the gum according to the different qualities
Frankincense is locally used to fumigate and purify homes and mosques. It is also used as chewing gum, helps teeth and breath. As a liquid solution it can be used as a medicine. But most of the Frankincense is shipped to Yemen, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.