Frankincense has a “magical” reputation – especially in the Middle East – believed to enhance communication. There are over 52 references to it in the Bible. In Ayurvedic medicine, Frankincense has been used for arthritis, rheumatism, bronchitis, asthma, dysentery, diarrhoea, jaundice, inflammatory skin diseases and ulcers. Actions include: anti-inflammatory, expectorant, diuretic, analgesic, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-arthritic. Frankincense has a pleasant, sweet and woody odor. The powder comes from the hardened oleo resin of the Bosweillia tree, and is frequently used in perfumes, incense, insect repellent and medicine. Can be used topically to heal wounds. Has also been added to coffee to increase stimulant effects and memory.
Boswellia or Indian frankincense is an ayurvedic herb that is found from the resin of the plant and is used to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s diseases. Boswellic acid, the major constituent of Boswellia, is thought to contribute to most of the herbal pharmacologic activities.