Boswellia: properties, uses, CONTRAINDICATIONS and where to find it

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Boswellia is a plant dear to phytotherapy for its interesting properties and the different uses that can be made of it as a natural remedy. It is actually a family of plants that includes several varieties but of which Boswellia Serrata is used in particular for curative purposes.

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La Boswellia is a plant dear to the Phytotherapy for its interesting properties and the different uses that can be done as a natural remedy. It is actually a family of plants that includes several varieties but of which, in particular, is used for curative purposes Boswellia Serrata.

Incense is obtained from the resin of Boswellia plants and for this reason they have been known and used all over the world since ancient times. However, the potential of this family of plants should not be underestimated also in terms of active ingredients useful for preventive and curative purposes of some pathologies.

Let's find out then all the properties and benefits of Boswellia.



Boswellia is a plant from anti-inflammatory properties that has proven itself as effective as anti-inflammatory drugs non-steroidal drugs, such as ibuprofen. This plant is able to curb the action of an enzyme that stimulates the production of inflammatory substances. This is why it is considered a plant with pain-relieving power and helps to reduce swelling thanks also to the fact that it improves the blood supply to the joints. Most of the benefits that Boswellia offers are due to the presence of boswellic acid.


Other interesting properties of Boswellia are the antibacterial and antiseptic capacity due to the presence in the plant of triterpenic acids, substances that fight the proliferation of some pathogenic microorganisms. Also very popular for pain-relieving power that it offers if used at the right doses and for a certain period in case of rheumatism, muscle pain but also arthritis.

There is also talk of a antitumor effect of this plant but still to be confirmed with more in-depth scientific research.

Boswellia Serrata is therefore a plant:

• Anti-inflammatory

• Analgesic

• Antibacterial

• Antiseptic

• Antitumor (to be confirmed)


As for the production of incense, also for curative purposes the roots of Boswellia are used with which special supplements are prepared, particularly appreciated because they promote the well-being of the joints.

The uses of Boswellia range from asthma to allergies, from ulcerative colitis to Chron's disease, from the treatment of swelling to that of joint stiffness. It is often used with success also for thearthritis and the initial stages ofrheumatoid arthritis.

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Given the antibacterial and antiseptic capacity, Boswellia can also be indicated for the treatment of upper respiratory tract problems such as colds and coughs or for ailments that appear on the skin such as acne, dermatitis and hives (in this case it is used externally by purchasing Boswellia-based ointments).

Boswellia serrata can therefore be useful in case of:

• Inflammations

• Muscle aches

• Arthritis

• Rheumatoid arthritis

• Rheumatism

• Arthrosis

• Asthma

• allergy

• Ulcerative colitis

• Chron's disease

• Cold

• Cough

• Acne

• Dermatitis

• Hives


Boswellia is a well tolerated plant as well it generally does not give side effects not even those in the stomach as is often the case using common anti-inflammatory drugs. However, you must be careful of any interference with medications you are taking, always inform your doctor before taking this or other natural remedies. Not to be used during pregnancy and lactation.


Boswellia is found available in all pharmacies and herbalists in the form of supplements in capsules, ointments, ointments, mother tincture, essential oil and of course incense. You can also buy it in the shop online And in the natural health and food stores.

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