Minggu, 24 November 2013

What Is Edible Frankincense?

Also called boswellia, olibanum, salai guggal, H15 and dhup, edible frankincense is a resin obtained from a plant native to the Middle East and Africa. Edible frankincense is sometimes used in herbal medicine to treat a variety of conditions.


    Edible frankincense was considered a sacred object in ancient Egypt and parts of Africa during biblical times. Sometimes, it was presented as a gift or sign of respect, reports Sacred Earth.


    Edible frankincense is a light tan color with areas that are somewhat reflective and shiny and other areas that are more chalky in appearance.


    In herbal medicine, edible frankincense is used to treat arthritis, intestinal gas and colic. There is not enough scientific research to know if frankincense is actually effective for these uses or how it works, according to RxList.


    Side effects from edible frankincense include upset stomach, feeling of fullness, nausea and pain or burning in your stomach, warns the Physicians Desktop Reference. Edible frankincense also poses a risk for allergic reactions in some people, causing shortness of breath, chest pain and skin hives.


    Because its effects upon fetal and infant development are unknown, avoid using edible frankincense if you are pregnant or nursing, suggests RxList.

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