Also known as Indian frankincense, the resin of Boswellia species has been used as incense in religious and cultural ceremonies and in medicines since time immemorial. Gum-resin extracts of Boswellia serrata have been traditionally used in folk medicine for centuries to treat various chronic inflammatory diseases. Boswellia serrata (Salai/Salai guggul) (Family: Burseraceae; Genus: Boswellia) is a moderate to large sized branching tree that grows in dry mountainous regions of India, Northern Africa and the Middle East.
This resin has a bitter taste and when burned some think it really does not smell nice. It has been used for those who have headaches and migraines. It is know to have very good anti-inflammation properties. Some see Boswellia serrata as a promising alternative to NSAIDs, warranting further investigation in pharmacological studies and clinical trials.
In magical folklore, Boswellia serrata s is burned to raise vibrations, purify, and exorcise. It will aid meditations and visions. It is used to consecrate magical tools and altars.