Frankincense | Indian frankincense | Boswellia serrata | Herb
Boswellia serrata Burseraceae Also called Frankincense
This deciduous tree from India has ash coloured bark that peels away in flakes. The oval leaves are long and grow opposite one another, while white flowers grow in clusters. The resins (gum) if Boswellia species have long been used for incense, most famously the frankincense mentioned in the Bible. However, B. serrata is also known for its medicinal properties.
The gum contains several triterpenoid acids known as boswellic acids, which are thought to impart the therapeutic actions of Indian frankincense. Various sugars are also present in the gum. Ingredients of the essential oil, which is obtained from the gum, include pinene, phellandrene and sesquiterpene alcohols.
Indian frankincense is traditionally used as an anti-inflammatory agent and this action was verified in a British study in 2000. This, coupled with its antiseptic and expectorant properties, explains its use in treating infections of the respiratory system. It is also used to help skin problems and vaginal infections. It is believed to aid the digestive system and treat diarrhoea and intestinal infections. Indian frankincense also stimulates blood circulation and has been used in the treatment of piles. The aroma of the essential oil is reputed to have sedative effects and can relieve anxiety.
A German review published in 2002 documents the effectiveness of boswellic acids in treating arthritis, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, bronchial asthma and reactive swelling around a brain tumour, as shown by clinical trials.
In 2002 Swiss research suggested that extracts of Indian frankincense may have the potential to destroy certain types of cancer cells.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT inflammatory conditions
For external use
TO TREAT bronchial ailments INHALATION Place 1 teaspoon of tincture in a bowl of freshly boiled water, inhale the steam.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
Plant in moist but well-drained soil. It requires full sun and temperatures of 15°C and above.
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