Frankincense Resin (Boswellia serrata) 1st Choice - India

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Frankincense resin (Boswellia serrata), 1st Choice grade from India is the most common frankincense most used in Ayurvedic medicine. Boswellia serrata has its own unique aroma distinct from that of Arabian and North African frankincense as it has more balsamic and woodsy notes.

Standardized preparations of frankincense from Boswellia serrata are being investigated in scientific studies as a treatment for chronic inflammatory diseases such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and osteoarthritis. Initial clinical study results indicate efficacy of incense preparations for Crohn's disease. For therapy trials in ulcerative colitis, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis there are only isolated reports and pilot studies from which there is not yet sufficient evidence of safety and efficacy. Similarly, the long-term effects and side effects of taking frankincense has not yet been scientifically investigated. Boswellic acid in vitro antiproliferative effects on various tumor cell lines (such as melanoma, glioblastomas, liver cancer) are based on induction of apoptosis. A positive effect has been found in the use of incense on the accompanying specimens of brain tumors, although in smaller clinical trials. Some scientists say the results are due to methodological flaws. The main active compound of Indian incense is viewed as being boswellic acid.

As of May 2008 FASEB Journal announced that Johns Hopkins University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have determined that frankincense smoke is a psychoactive drug that relieves depression and anxiety in mice.The researchers found that the chemical compound incensole acetate is responsible for the effects.

In a different study, an enriched extract of "Indian Frankincense", usually Boswellia serrata, was used in a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study of patients with osteoarthritis. Patients receiving the extract showed significant improvement in their arthritis in as little as seven days. The compound caused no major adverse effects and, according to the study authors, is safe for human consumption and long-term use. It should be noted that the study was funded by a company which produces frankincense extract, and that the results have not yet been duplicated by another study.

Used throughout the ages to enhance spirituality, mental perception, meditation, prayer and consciousness. Frankincense soothes the spirit as it slows and deepens breathing.

Medical Disclaimer: Our expertise lies in incense making and fragrance. Information contained on these pages is solely for your enjoyment. We can not provide medical advice or recipes as we are not health professionals. Before ingesting anything that is not food, we strongly suggest seeking counsel from a licensed health practitioner.

See also: Boswellia serrata Superior

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  • 5

    Posted by Diona on Apr 25th 2024

    I absolutely love my frankincense and that it is biblical I love burning it while I am reading my bible, cleaning my house or just want a delicious scent roaming through my house a truly feel it helps pull me closer to God and hear his word and it also helped my anxiety so much

  • 5
    India frankincense

    Posted by Pedro Alvarez on Sep 8th 2019

    Beautiful smell almost creamy. You can't go wrong. Good quality incense

  • 5
    Beautiful Serrata

    Posted by Shelly M. on Mar 28th 2019

    I bought this based on the recommended suppliers from the Frankincense Resins FB group, and am very impressed. It's beautiful and smells incredible. Thank you for a great quality resin. I'll definitely be back for more.

  • 5

    Posted by Robin B. kessler, CCA on Sep 4th 2018

    The Boswellia serrata I received was excellent quality. I will definitely purchase it again

  • 5
    Boswelia Serrata

    Posted by Robin B Kessler CCA on Aug 26th 2018

    I bought the serrata hoping it was a good grade. It is hard to find a goid quality serratta resin right now. I was very leary so i only bought 8 oz
    I was presently surprised. It is a good quality and i will buy more in the future. Iam considered the Frankincense Quuen on Facebook. I created an educational grp just for Frankincense resins and other resins and i am very picky where i get my resins. We put this company on the list we have in our group as a good one to purchase from and i am glad we did