Multiple pieces of frankincense resin.

Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) also known as olibanum, is a resin from trees of the genus Boswellia that was once valued alongside gold and ivory for its use as incense for religious and cultural ceremonies and for its psychoactive, anti‐inflammatory and wound healing properties. Frankincense contains triterpenoids including boswellic acids that, along with other compounds, have immunomodulatory, anti‐inflammatory and anti-cancer activity and frankincense is used to treat inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, Crohn’s disease and asthma as well as being used for various cancers. Frankincense also has psychoactive properties and exerts neuroprotective, anti‐depressive, sedative, analgesic and anti-anxiety effects.


Moussaieff, A. and R. Mechoulam, Boswellia resin: from religious ceremonies to medical uses; a review of in-vitro, in-vivo and clinical trials. Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 2009. 61(10): p. 1281-1293.

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