The scientific classification of Boswellia is as follows:
- Kingdom- Plantae
- Division- Magnoliophyta
- Class- Magnoliopsida
- Order- Sapindales
- Family- Burseraceae
- Genus- Boswellia
Boswellia is a moderately sized tree which is known to have a lot of branches and is mostly available in the dry weather conditions; therefore it can easily be found in the dry and hilly areas of the Indian sub continent. The tree trunk is known to be thick and it contains a gummy liquid which is essential in use for various purposes. It is more commonly known as a genus of trees which are recognized chiefly for their distinguished fragrant resin. These resins have many uses in the pharmacological areas more essentially as an anti-inflammatory.
Bosweilla has four main types of different species and each specie has the resin which varies in grades, which in turn depends on the harvesting time and then the resin classified according to its quality.
The best known use of the Boswellia is actually in the Ayurvedic Medicine which is a growing medical field of today's herbal medicines. The acids of the Boswellia which are the resin's components have been successfully used in the treatment of asthma and also various other inflammatory conditions.
The Boswellia is not only restricted to the inflammatory diseases but its bark is also used for the treatment of the normal fever and some rheumatism and gastric problems which has made the herb very useful in the medical treatments.
Although it is completely safe to use, it can have rare side effects targeting mostly to the skin rashes, and irritations.