Boswellia serrata

Background & Origin

Mentioned in Biblical texts as one of the gifts provided to the family of Jesus Christ on His birth, Frankincense is a well-known plant that is native to Yemen, Oman & Somalia, where it is burned as an incense for religious occasions. The original name of the product as mentioned in the Biblical texts was “Libanos”, which was Koine Greek for the word “White” and may have been derived from the name “Lebanon”. However, the more recent name “Frankincense” derives from the Old French language, literally meaning “pure incense”, signifying an aromatic product.


The gum and exudate from Boswellia serrata forms an aromatic resin traditionally considered one of the most luxurious and treasured fragrances for millennia. It has also been known for thousands of years to possess therapeutic properties. Frankincense has been used in Ayurvedic, traditional Chinese and the Middle East medicine for its anti-inflammatory effects (Efferth & Oesch, 2020), which can provide measurable relieving benefits during massage therapy (Alkanat, 2023), as well as healing effects on skin tissue (Han, 2017). These main benefits of frankincense oil (olibanum) come from the essential oils, terpenoids (boswellic acids) and polysaccharides (Cherepanova & Subotyalov, 2023; Efferth & Oesch, 2020).


For Normal, dry & combination skin.

Uses in our products

Relieving, renewal, fragrancing.

Featured In

  1. Alkanat et al. Explore (NY). 2023 Sep-Oct;19(5):761-767.
  2. Cherepanova MO, Subotyalov MA. Dokl Biol Sci. 2023 Oct;512(1):336-342.
  3. Efferth T, Oesch F. Semin Cancer Biol. 2022 May;80:39-57.
  4. Han et al., 2017. Biochimie Open, 4: 31-35, ISSN 2214-0085.