Business ‘Cense

Sniffing out a new enterprise in essential oils
By SARAH TUFF DUNN

OK, so we all know what gold is, but what the heck is frankincense? Myrrh is even more of a mystery. Two of the three gifts brought by the Magi to a certain newborn king leave most of us scratching our heads, wondering if perhaps the Bethlehem baby got stuck with a couple of booby prizes.

A new Burlington-based business suggests otherwise. The three partners in Ismael Imports are taking frankincense and myrrh from Somaliland and turning it into valuable essential oils purported to calm stress, combat asthma and arthritis, and even inhibit the proliferation of leukemia cells.

“There’s a reason why the three wise men brought frankincense and myrrh to Jesus,” says Mahdi Ismael Ibrahim, the 37-year-old Muslim who runs the company with business partners Casey Lyon, 29, and Bill Lanzetta, 30. “Nobody thinks about what’s behind it, but it was to clean; they could burn it and clear out disease.” Continue reading “Business ‘Cense”