Herb Library: Natural Herbs and Herbal Supplements Directory: Boswellia





This fact sheet provides basic information about Boswelliac. Boswellia is a genus of trees known for their fragrant resin which has many pharmacological uses particularly as anti-inflammatories. The Biblical incense frankincense was probably an extract from the resin of the tree, Boswellia sacra.

Common Names

Boswelliac, Salai Guggal

Latin Names

Boswellia serrata

What It Is Used For

  • Various inflammatory conditions.
  • Boswellia incense may even relieve depression.

How It Is Used

A gummy oleoresin extracted from the trunk of the tree is used to prepare modern herbal remedies.

What the Science Says

  • Reports and personal claims indicate that the Boswellia herb may be used in connection with joint mobility, pain, and stiffness, and may be a useful remedy for a variety of inflammatory diseases, including bursitis, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Side Effects and Cautions

  • Rare side effects can include nausea and skin rash.


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