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  • On Nov 08, 2019


Boswellia is also named Indian frankincense. The powder is created from the gum resin that leaks from the bark of the Boswellia serrata tree, which is native to Africa and Arabia. The Boswellia serrata tree is just one tree from a family of trees known as the Burseraceae family. Boswellia is used mainly in Ayurveda medicine. Boswellia contains amazing acids named Boswellic and studies have indicated that these acids contain wonderful anti-inflammatory properties.

The Health Benefits of Boswellia Powder:

Boswellia is used for a variety of health conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Collagenous arthritis
  • Crohns disease
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Stomach Ulcers
  • Lyme Disease
  • Other Gastro Issues

As a pain relief Boswellia it is tolerated for people with Lyme dis-ease, in contrast to other pain relief medication that can cause constipation and harm the gut. From what I know Boswellia does not cause stomach problems, in fact, the opposite it is amazing for healing the gut, especially leaky gut, stomach ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders. 

There are many published studies that show the positive effects of Boswellia. One such study published in the website QxMD evaluated the efficiency of the mix of Boswellia, Ginger and Yarrow for symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, and IBS Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Possible Side Effects

Boswellia is really safe to ingest for a long period but as with all herbs best to take a break now and again. You can take Boswellia for up to six months. Boswellia has been known to cause some side effects. It is always best to start on a low dose and work up. If you overtake it can cause a few symptoms such as nausea, diarrhoea, little bloating, and maybe acid reflux or heartburn. Best mix with a smoothie or juice, it is slightly bitter in taste but not overly. Pregnant and nursing women should not take Boswellia, or people on blood-thinning meds. Also, don’t take 2 weeks before any surgery.
Boswellic acids also help reduce leukotriene formation, which really slows the progression of many inflammatory conditions, reducing inflammation and increase remission rates in ulcerative colitis patients, and seems to be as effective as the medication sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), which is a drug used to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

Dosage and Preparation

There is no recommended dose of Boswellia, everyone is different and unique in their needs. We suggest start on half a teaspoon and work up to 2 teaspoons 10g daily.

What to Look For

You can purchase Boswellia as a supplement in different formulas online, some containing Turmeric or other herbs. My concern has always been with herbs that they sit in chemical capsules or powder in plastic containers on shelves for too long and lose their potency. The quality and purity of Boswellia supplements can be a problem as well. Dietary supplements and herbs are mainly unregulated, and the contents on the labels don’t always reflect what’s in the capsules or powder.

Although some natural approaches may help to reduce inflammation, it is important to not delay treatment or stop taking your prescribed treatment, before speaking with your healthcare practitioner. Although Boswellia shows promise for certain conditions, further research is still needed from large-scale clinical trials to confirm these effects. If you are thinking of trying Boswellia, speak with your healthcare practitioner first to see if its appropriate for you and also whether it can become a part of your treatment plan, possibly in combination with other herbs with anti-inflammatory properties, like ginger and turmeric. We also can make up capsules of Ginger and Tumeric on request. 

Purchase Pure 100% Boswellia from our herb store (not extract). We also make up blends for certain conditions that you can drink. A couple of references below. But do your own research.

References - Gupta I, Parihar A, Malhotra P, et al. Effects of Boswellia serrata gum resin in patients with ulcerative colitis. Eur J Med Res. 1997;2(1):37-43.

10. Gupta I, Parihar A, Malhotra P, et al. Effects of gum resin of Boswellia serrata in patients with chronic colitis. Planta Med. 2001;67(5):391-395.

Botanical Name Boswellia carterii
Country of Origin - Oman/Ethiopia
Plant Part - Pure Resin


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