Boswellia serrata and other species of boswellia are used in essential oils or burned as incense. The oil is also used in food, cosmetics, soaps, and beverages.
In herbal medicine, boswellia is sometimes taken by mouth or applied to the skin to manage the following conditions:
- Collagenous arthritis
- Crohn's disease
- Menstrual cramps
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Ulcerative colitis
Some studies suggest that boswellia may have some anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects, but large-scale, industry-independent clinical trials are needed.