Frankincense serrata


Frankincense serrata, Boswellia serrata

Common Name Frankincense serrata

Botanical Name:  Boswellia serrata

Family:  Burseraceae

Composition:  100% Pure Frankincense oil

Origin:  India

Method of ExtractionHydro Distilled

Cultivation / HarvestingWild Harvest

Plant Part Gum Resin

Color:  Clear to pale yellow

Consistency Thin

Active Properties Anti-inflammatory properties Acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA), H15, β-boswellic acid (βBA), KBA, 3-acetyl-β-boswellic acid (AβBA), α-boswellic acid (αBA), and 3-acetyl-α-boswellic acid (AαBA)

Studies show that boswellic acid can prevent the formation of leukotrienes in the body.  Leukotrienes have been identified as a cause of inflammation and may trigger asthma symptoms, along with other inflammatory conditions in the body.  Four acids in boswellia resin contribute to the herb’s anti-inflammatory properties.  These acids inhibit 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO), an enzyme that produces leukotriene.  Acetyl-11-keto-β-boswellic acid (AKBA) is thought to be the most powerful of the four boswellic acids.

Some research suggests frankincense may interfere with the autoimmune process.  Frankincense is currently being evaluated as a therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Osteoarthritis.

Frankincense has been shown in studies to prohibit certain enzymes from negatively affecting DNA.  Other studies have shown frankincense may fight advanced breast cancer cells and limit the spread of malignant leukemia and brain tumor cells.  Other studies have shown frankincense to be effective at suppressing pancreatic cancer cells.

Research has shown the anti-inflammatory properties of frankincense to be effective against Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis.

Historical uses Anxiety, arthritis (Osteo- and Rheumatoid-), asthma, calming, cancer (leukemia, breast), inflammatory bowel (Crohn's disease), promote healthy skin, promotes emotional well being, reduces inflammation, scars, stress, stretch marks

Side effects: 

There are no known interactions with Frankincense

Aromatherapy Notes

Perfumery note Base to middle

Appearance:  Clear

Aroma Clean, resinous, woody, balsamic

Strength of initial aroma:  Medium

Blends well withBasil, bergamot, black pepper, grapefruit, galbanum, geranium, neroli, sandalwood

Able to be Diffused?:  YES

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