Frankincense is an aromatic resin derived from trees of the genus Boswellia, particularly (A. carterii, moxor), B. frereana (Coptic resin or Maydi).
– Pharmaceutical Industry
Frankincense has traditionally been consumed to promote healthy skin and digestion. It has also been used to heal wounds, treat arthritis and boost the female hormone system. Frankincense oil has been used to relieve stings (e.g. scorpion stings), and some medical studies have indicated it may help to suppress cancer cells.
– Cosmetics Industry
Frankincense is used as an ingredient in perfumes because of its fragrance and fixative properties, but is also included in some skincare and aromatherapy products.
– Incense Industry
Frankincense is used by many churches as incense or an ingredient in anointing oil for religious ceremonies, sometimes in conjunction with Myrrh. It is also an ingredient in fumigating powders and some cultures believe burning it can help purify the air and encourage good health.