Frankincense, made from the resin of the Boswellia tree, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. It has anti-inflammatory as well as anti-bacterial properties, making it an effective remedy for joint pain caused due to osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It also helps in reducing the symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two inflammatory gut diseases, besides treating Bronchitis and Asthma. It is effective in maintaining oral health and believed to fight certain types of cancer.
While it is considered safe to be used as an essential oil during pregnancy when mixed with a carrier oil like almond or coconut, caution is necessary. It is believed that eating frankincense during pregnancy enhances the child’s memory and concentration and reduces anxiety and depression in the expecting mother, but further research is required. One study suggests that frankincense may increase the risk of miscarriage in pregnancy. Therefore, it is best to avoid it during pregnancy. If you are still curious about frankincense, consult your doctor before consuming it in any form.