Extract from the Boswellia tree, more commonly known as Frankincense, has a rich medicinal and religious history.

The Babylonians and Assyrians in 3000 B.C. are believed to have burned it as incense in religious ceremonies. It has been a staple of traditional Chinese medicine since at least 500 B.C. Charred frankincense was even used by Egyptians as eyeliner. Perhaps most famously, frankincense is believed to have been one of the Wise Men’s gifts to newborn Jesus.1
Boswellia - natural ingredient in Khalili Cream

In the modern world, it is used primarily as an anti-inflammatory.

WebMD lists several uses for Boswellia, including “osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, joint pain(rheumatism), bursitis, and tendonitis […] ulcerative colitis, abdominal pain, asthma, hay fever, sore throat, syphilis, painful menstruation, pimples, and cancer.”2

Clinical studies on Boswellia extract have affirmed its efficacy. A 2003 randomized double blind study tested its effectiveness at reducing the symptoms of osteoarthritis of the knee. Compared to a placebo, “all patients receiving drug treatment reported decrease in knee pain, increased knee flexion and increased walking distance. The frequency of swelling in the knee joint was decreased.”3

Boswellia extract is effective, safe, pleasant to the nose, and an important ingredient in KhaliliTM Natural Pain Relief Cream.


  1. A Wise Man’s Cure: Frankincense and Myrrh
  2. Find a Vitamin or Supplement – Indian Frankincense
  3. Efficacy and tolerability of Boswellia serrata extract in treatment of osteoarthritis of knee–a randomized double blind placebo controlled trial.