Family Name: Burseraceae
Botanical Name(s): Boswellia Sacra
Popular Name(s): Olibanum and Mastic Tree.
Parts Used: The gum resin.
Habitat: Frankincense is indigenous to Arabia and the Horn of
Description: It is a resinous and evergreen tree with papery and
peeling bark. The tree produces clusters of feathery leaves and very
small creamy white flowers appear in spring, which are followed by the
seeds that look like reddish brown capsules.
Uses: It is a stimulant to the circulation and has antiseptic,
analgesic, expectorant and sedative properties. It is often used for
bronchial and urinary infections. The Chinese include it in a mouthwash
for gum, mouth and throat complaints. It helps clear the lungs and other
mucus related problems. It furthermore helps to lighten heavy periods
and also eases postnatal depression.