In spite of the numerous medicinal properties it possesses, most people do not know almost a thing about incense. According to the beliefs of Ayurveda, incense in the home brings good health of all family members.
Toxicological studies recently also showed that extracts of incense are as safe for outdoor, as for indoor use.
The active ingredients of this herb are monoterpenes, diterpenes, sesquiterpenes, hydrocarbons and boswellic acid. It is considered that boswellic acid in the herb incense is packed with anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
The impact of frankincense has proved effective in cases of tumors of the brain and several other types of cancer.
In aromatherapy, incense is used to relieve and treat depression, hysteria, stress and tension.
Burning incense resin usually has a pretty intense smell, so in some people can cause discomfort.
It is thought that by inhalation or simply inhaling incense oil can alleviate breathing problems such as allergies, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, colds, etc. For this experiment it is sufficient to dispense incense oil on your palm, and to inhale it several times during the day.
Another custom of the people in India is chewing incense to improve the health of the teeth and oral cavity. Due to its antimicrobial properties, it is believed that incense prevents infections.
Although there are no known contraindications, incense and its preparations should be avoided by people suffering from hypertension, pregnant women and nursing mothers.