Boswellia Benefits

Native to East Africa, Boswellia carteri is one of the most well known and one of the most studied of all the frankincense species.  Boswellia benefits are many and have been sought after in both ancient and modern times for its unique healing properties.


According to some experts in this field of study, out of all the known species of boswellia there are two species which offer the most boswellia benefits,  boswellia carteri of East Africa and the other boswellia sacra of Omani.


Boswellia benefits:

Boswellia carteri – the extract contains triterpene acids and incensole acetate that exhibit very potent activities that may have the ability to induce tumor cell specific cytotoxicity (differentiate in cases of cancer cells) as well as exhibiting positive effects on the immune system.  Research presented in the peer reviewed journal, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine found that boswellia carteri (Frankincense oil) might represent an alternative agent for bladder cancer treatment:

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Boswellia sacra – the rarer of the frankincense, is known for its high levels of incensole acetate providing protection for the nervous system.  Boswellia sacra benefits also include ‘spiritual’ effects in that some of the active compounds to enhance mood, regulate emotion and has anti-anxiety properties – this is being investigated further.


Other Boswellia (Frankincense) benefits:

Frankincese also known as  Boswellia carteri or Boswellia sacra have been know to help relieve arthritis pain and a study done in 1988 revealed it may also benefit asthma sufferers.

Frankincense is also considered safe to use with little known side effects.   However, the long term effects of use are not as well known.

For a good source of therapeutic essential oils including frankincense check out Young Living.


  1. great knowledge. Do you have some detailed information about its healing potential of knee arthritis?


  2. Standard Process has a product out ‘Boswellia’ that has been shown to help arthritis. I have had experience in the field with this and it does help with the pain of arthritis. Some of the research is also demonstrating improvement with the joint itself, but this is only minor.
    If using oils, I would apply directly to the joint or use a reflex point for the knee in question.
    Hope that helps.

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