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Indian Frankincense

Botanical Name(s): Boswellia Serrata
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Sapindales
Family: Bruseraceae
Genus: Boswellia
Species: Sapindales
Popular Name(s): Indian Olibanum Tree, Luban, Gond, Shallaki, Guggal
Parts Used: Bark, Gum Resin
Habitat: Found in the dry, hilly areas of India

Indian frankincense is botanically known as boswellia serrata. The most important derivative of the herb is the boswellia gum resin. When the tree trunk is tapped, a gummy oleoresin is exuded, which is fragrant, transparent, and brownish yellow in color. A purified extract of this resin is used in modern herbal preparations. Indian frankincense has been found to improve blood supply to the joints and restore integrity of vessels weakened by spasm. The herb has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic medicine since thousands of years. Traditionally, the gum resin from the plant has been used to treat diabetes, skin and blood diseases, fever, cardiovascular disorders, neurological disorders, rheumatism, dysentery, diseases of the testes, and some other disorders. It is mostly found in the western and central part of India, most notably in Rajasthan & Madhya Pradesh.

Plant Chemicals
Cardinene, Camphene, Olibanol, Dipentene, Pinene and Phellandrene

Uses & Benefits of Indian Frankincense