Frankincense has a "magical" reputation - especially in the Middle East - believed to enhance communication. In Ayurvedic medicine, Frankincense has been used for arthritis, rheumatism, bronchitis, asthma, dysentery, diarrhoea, jaundice, inflammatory skin diseases and ulcers. Actions include: anti-inflammatory, expectorant, diuretic, analgesic, antibiotic, antifungal, anti-arthritic. Frankincense has a pleasant, sweet and woody odor. The powder comes from the hardened oleo resin of the Bosweillia tree, and is frequently used in perfumes, incense, insect repellent and medicine. Can be used topically to heal wounds. Has also been added to coffee to increase stimulant effects and memory.