Frankincense (Boswellia carterii Birdwood) Myrrh, use as essential oil resin and tree
August 16 2015

Ruxiang, or Gummi olibanum, an herbal medicine derived from the gum resin of Boswellia carterii Birdw. of the family Burseraceae, has been used traditionally to alleviate pain and reduce inflammation. Frankincense has been used to reduce pain from arthritis. Compounds in frankincense suppress pro-inflammatory cytokines.

Chemical components of Frankincense Boswellia carterii
Palmitic acid, triterpenoids belonging to lupane, ursane, oleanane, and tirucallane skeleta; Acetyl-alpha-boswellic acid, acetyl-beta-boswellic acid, lup-20(29)-ene-3 alpha-acetoxy-24-oic acid, alpha-boswellic acid, beta-boswellic acid and acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid.

Liver health
J Nat Prod. 2013. Hepatoprotective prenylaromadendrane-type diterpenes from the gum resin of Boswellia carterii.

Frankincense incense
Burning frankincense -- resin from the Boswellia plant -- activates ion channels in the brain that may help alleviate anxiety or depression. Researchers administered incensole acetate to mice and found that the compound affected areas in brain areas known to be involved in emotions as well as in nerve circuits that are affected by current anxiety and depression drugs. Incensole acetate, a boswellia resin constituent, when tested in mice lowers anxiety and causes anti-depressive-like behavior. 2008, The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal.

Frankincense supplement questions
You just donít know how thrilled I was to find your web site. I suffer from arthritis, asthma, and irritable bowel syndrome. From research on the internet I find that frankincense is a wonderful product. I have just ordered Joint Power Rx which contains boswellia the resin form of frankincense (if I understand correctly), what I am looking for is pure frankincense oil that I can apply tropically to the joints. Can you tell me where I can obtain pure frankincense oil? I know itís very expensive and can be mixed with a medium. I would appreciate any information you have on frankincense and itís usage.
   A. If you do a google search for frankincense oil, there are several online merchants who have it available. Frankincense is actually boswellia carterii as opposed to boswellia serrata found in Joint Power Rx.

Danger and supply problems
The trees that produce frankincense are being lost at such a high rate that production of the fragrant resin could fall significantly over the coming years.Ecologists from the Netherlands and Ethiopia report that numbers of the trees could drop by 90 percent over the next few decades if nothing is done about the causes of this decline -- fire, grazing and insect attack.