Boswellia sacra, property

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Boswllia sacra, properties and characteristics of the plant. Essential oil, extract and advice on using the plant. Where to find Boswellia sacra resin.

ThereBoswellia sacra, commonly known as an incense plant or olibanum tree, is a species of the Burseraceae family, as well as the main species of the genus Boswellia.

Boswellia sacra is native to the Arabian peninsula (Oman and Yemen) and north-eastern Africa (Somalia).

Boswellia sacra, characteristics of the plant

We are talking about a small deciduous tree that reaches a height of between 2 and 8 meters and has one or more trunks that branch off from the ground. Its peculiarity lies in the bark which can be removed very easily.

The leaves are composed of an odd number of small leaves that grow opposite each other. The flowers are small, white - yellow and are gathered in axillary clusters. The flowers, as shown in the photo above, are composed of five petals, ten stamens and a toothed calyx. A small fruit develops from the flowers, a capsule about one centimeter long.

If you are thinking ofcultivate boswellia sacrastarting fromseeds, desist: not only are the germination times long but also the waiting times for the production of incense are long. The plant begins to produce resins only after 8 - 10 years. The incense is extracted from the plant by making a small incision on the surface of the trunk or on the largest branches, after having removed the bark. The resin begins to flow from the incision which, first of all, looks like a milky substance (hence the nameolibanum, which recalls “milk”) and then condenses and appears as shown in the photo below.

Boswellia sacra seeds

ThereBoswellia sacrait is considered an endangered species. The reason? It has been observed that plants heavily tapped for the extraction of incense produceseedsthat do not germinate (the percentage of germination is only 16% against the high germinability, about 85%, of the seeds produced by plants not tapped for the extraction of incense). These trees are also threatened by the action of insects (Neoplocaederus atlanticusDerolus martini ssp.hayekaeSphenoptera chalcichroa), including beetles such as the much feared red palm weevil.

Boswellia serrata and boswellia sacra, properties

Theproperty of the Boswellia sacrathey do not reside exclusively in oily resins, even leaves, flowers and other plant tissues can boast interesting onesproperty.

A species very similar to boswellia sacra, much studied for its anti-inflammatory properties, is theBoswellia serrata, also B. serrata is known as an incense plant, in fact they are two very similar species. However, B. serrata has been much more studied for possible applications in the pharmacological field.

According to the words that Professor Paolo Mussa of the University of Turin released to the informasalus portal.

In folk medicine, Boswellia serrata extract is described as a remedy with powerful anti-inflammatory activity and with property antiarthritics. These property have been amply confirmed in more recent times by numerous studies. Boswellia also has a good pain relieving and antipyretic action“.

According to laboratory studies, theboswellic acids(contained in both boswellia serrata and boswellia sacra) would be able to hinder the functioning of an enzyme enzyme capable of stimulating the production of substances that facilitate inflammatory processes. The anti-inflammatory propertiesthey are not limited to this: plant bioactive substances would be able to inhibit elastases, highly destructive enzymes involved in inflammatory processes. It is then assumed that the boswellic acids intervene at the site of the inflammation by inhibiting the proliferation of tissues and the destruction of connective tissue.

Among othersbenefitsrelated to property anti-inflammatory of Boswellia we report its ability to counteract chronic intestinal diseases such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Boswellia also helps to reduce the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Essential oil, extract, frankincense and seeds, where to find them

The essential oil of boswellia sacra, extracts and incense can be purchased from well-stocked shops and herbalists. For seeds, availability is more difficult.

In any case, for any product, it is possible to take advantage of the online purchase on Amazon. Among the various products, I point out those that in my opinion are offered with the best quality / price ratio.

Boswellia sacra essential oil

I specify that I have not personally tested it but I know the house, from which I regularly purchase mint and lavender essential oil, as well as various vegetable oils.

Thanks to its active ingredients, it can be used for massages to relieve muscle pain. L'Boswelli essential oila sacra is priced at € 8.49 with free shipping. For all information on the product, I refer you tothis Amazon page.

Frankincense olibanum

I got to test this incense and it's great! Nothing to do with those strange blends that are often found on the market. A pack of 25 grams is offered at a price of € 10.90 with free shipping.For all information on the product, I refer you to "this Amazon page". If you don't want to buy this product, I still recommend choosingolibanumorincenseof the Boswellia Sacra grown in Oman, the quality of the incense varies according to the location of cultivation.

Boswellia extract

Also in this case I would like to point out a natural product proposed as a natural anti-inflammatory. A bottle of dry extract in tablets can be purchased at a price of 20.50 euros and free shipping. For all information on Indian incense extract to be used as a supplement, I refer you to "this Amazon page".

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