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Frankincense or Boswellia or Both? What? < ;

Frankincense is just a wonderful addition to your healthy lifestyle!

Lots of info out there, click on the links below to get you started.

Boswellia is a genus of trees in the order Sapindales, known for their fragrant resin which has many pharmacological uses, particularly as anti-inflammatories. The Biblical incense frankincense was an extract from the resin of the tree Boswellia sacra, and is now produced also from B. frereana.

There are four main species of Boswellia which produce true frankincense. B. sacra (synonyms B. carteri and B. bhaw-dajiana), B. frereana, B. papyrifera, and B. serrata, and each type of resin is available in various grades. The grades depend on the time of harvesting, and the resin is hand sorted for quality.

The English word frankincense is derived from the Old French expression franc encens meaning high-quality incense. The word franc in Old French meant noble or pure.

Frankincense is tapped from the scraggy but hardy trees by slashing the bark, which is called striping, and allowing the exuded resin to bleed out and harden. These hardened resins are called tears. There are several species and varieties of frankincense trees, each producing a slightly different type of resin. Differences in soil and climate create even more diversity of the resin, even within the same species.  The trees start producing resin when they are about eight to 10 years old. Tapping is done two to three times a year with the final taps producing the best tears due to their higher aromatic terpene, sesquiterpene and diterpene content. Generally speaking, the more opaque resins are the best quality.

We use two different types of essential oil, Boswellia carterii (from Somalia) and Boswellia serrata (from India).  We use different grades of Boswellia Sacra resins (which we label) and Boswellia carterii resin.  Oftentimes the carterii is grouped under the sacra nomenclature, but it has been found that they are quite distinct from each other.  Young Living, in their research, explains it here. And also here at PubMed

Here are some links to get you started on the exciting journey of Frankincense

Please keep in mind two things here, 1)this is just for informational purposes only.  Do your own research.  This is just a starting point.   And 2) Much of this info is about ingesting. Please don’t eat our soaps or any of our products.  Our soaps are just excellent cleansers, not meant to treat any conditions, and we are not diagnosing any conditions.  The butters and oils are for dry or skin needing extra oils for moisture or conditioning.

Improvement of elasticity, a decrease of sebum excretion, and a suggesting a reshaping of dermal tissue. (why I LOVE my Boswellia butters!)

Boswellia and photoaging of skin.

Topical use article at PubMed for use during radiation for skin damage for mammary carcinoma.

Antimicrobial effects of boswellia on skin infections.

Antimicrobial use for Inhibition of Acne, eczema, MRSA  with Boswellia

Use for pain and inflammation article at PubMed.

Dr. Mercola, in his info on Boswellia, focuses on the serrata, here.  He gets into the different uses of this, mostly ingesting, but some topical info.

Prostate cancer study here.

Brain function here  because of anti-inflammatory

Wiki info

Article about reversal of the multi drug resistance of human carcinoma cells with boswellia here.

Case of Boswellia sacra on invasive urothelial cell carcinoma.

Cytotoxic and antitumor properties article at PubMed.

Anti cancer analysis of boswellia

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