Indian frankincense

Scientific name of Indian frankincense: Boswellia serrata

Name of Indian frankincense in different languages:

Sanskrit: Shallaki, gajabhakshya, suvaha, maharuna, kunduraki, bahustrava, bhalluka, nagavrintika.

Hindi: Salai

Malayalam: Olibanam, Shallaki, Kuthurukkam-ഒളിബാണം, ശല്ലകി, കുന്തിരിക്കം

Plant Description:-

Indian frankincense, Salai is a deciduous, Western ghat, tall tree, that grows up to 16 -18 m. in height. Flowers are white and flowering is from April to May, gum is the useful part of the plant which is called Kunthurukkam is one of the useful ingredients of the Ayurveda treatments.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Elongated Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulate
 longitudinal  Margin_Entire  Recticulate


Useful plant parts:

Secretion of plant Bark, Gum

Medicinal uses: 

Anti-fungal, Main ingredient of some Ayurvedic oils or Thailams

Chemical content:

Boswellic acid

How to prepare medicines:

It is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-

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