Frankincense used to aid digestion, heal wounds, kill germs

The gift of frankincense

Just about everyone has heard of frankincense as one of the gifts presented to baby Jesus by one of the three Wise Men. But that seems to be about all most people know about it. Well, as it turns out, this ancient incense from Asia was used for thousands of years to aid digestion, heal wounds, kill germs, and more. But it’s healing properties aren’t just the stuff of ancient legends.

Frankincense has been studied by modern scientists and is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.

But frankincense oil may offer even more as a natural healer. The oil, which comes from the gum resins of the Boswellia tree (and commonly known these days as boswellia) may actually have cancer-fighting power.

A group of researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center have studied boswellia, and report that in laboratory tests, the compound suppressed the activity of bladder cancer cells.

Their study, which appears in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, found that boswellia was able to distinguish between healthy and cancerous cells and prevented the cancer cells from multiplying.

That’s quite a gift.