Ancient healers used this herb to treat conditions like rheumatism, diabetes, fevers, cardiovascular disorders and asthma. It was also consumed in the belief that it would increase longevity.

The more modern use of Boswellia involves treating inflammation. The boswellic acid that comes from the tree’s resin and sap acts as a 5-LOX (5-lipoxygenase) inhibitor and is used to treat both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. In addition to reducing inflammation, boswellic acid also promotes faster wound healing as it possesses antibiotic and antiseptic properties.

Uses in animals include:

  • Control inflammation
  • Relieve joint pain
  • Diabetes
  • Wound healing