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Boswellic Acid

Boswellic acid, and Indian frankincense. 

The main components of frankincense oil is boswellic acid, this component is known to have anti-neoplastic properties.

Frankincense has been used for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. It is believed that frankincense is one of the most potent natural substances in existence. It has been used for healing, to treat infections, and to promote good health.

Frankincense has been used for centuries to treat various types of cancer, heart conditions, and arthritis. A powerful anti inflammatory which can prevent the formation of leukotrienes in the body.

Boswellia Trees

Frankincense/Olibanum, is obtained from Boswellia trees which thrive in the middle east and Africa.

Boswellia trees can grow up to 40-50 feet tall. The sap/ resin exudes from  small hole and cuts in the bark and is collected by hand. 

The best quality is from the Boswellia serrata tree(Indian frankincense).

Frankincense is valued as a perfume fixative, as well as a healing agent. 

History of Frankincense

Frankincense is often referred to as “the king of essential oils” as it was one of the gifts bestowed to Jesus Christ at his birth. Which has made francincescene a key part of religious ceremonies for hundreds of years. 

Frankincense is known to have been used for religious ceremonies in the Bible, in the Torah, in the Koran, and in the Quran. It is known to have been used in the Christian church as a perfume to protect and preserve the holy oil used to anoint the head of Jesus Christ.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense has an amazing sweet, woody scent with that spiciness of the East. It has a beautiful aroma that can be recognized instantly, which makes it a great oil to use in aromatherapy.

Frankincense is used in aromatherapy for a variety of conditions, including stress, depression, anxiety, and insomnia.

The oil has a refreshing and uplifting effect on the mind and body.

Its scent is known to improve the mood, relieve stress, and promote good sleep.

Frankincense is used in incense to help dispel negative energies, and to create a welcoming atmosphere.

Its aroma is also known to improve concentration, memory, and other brain functions.

Frankincense in Chinese Medicine

Chinese Medicine – improving the blood circulation and in relieving pain.

Frankincense in Ayurveda Medicine

Ayurveda – Traditional Ayurvedic medicine has used the resin from the boswellia tree for anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic treatment.

It is commonly used to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s diseases.


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Louise Burton-Payne

Passionate about feeding my body a plant-based vegan food to benefit my health, save the planet and protect animals.

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