Frankincense Boswella Caterri may have adverse effects in coagulation in people with a bleeding disorder

Frankincense Boswella Caterri may have adverse effects in coagulation in people with a bleeding disorder



It has come to my attention today that Frankincense boswellia  carterri may have a problem with those on blood thinning medication, and blood cotting factor medication used by those who have a bleeding disorder such as hemophilia and Von Willebrand.

We suspect that this effect may be due to the presence of Estragole, also known as Methyl chavicol, in the essential oil. According to Essential oil Safety second edition Robert Tisserand/Rodney Young, p 553, Estragole have an in vitro antiplatelet effect. This effect is compared to diluted aspirin solution.  


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In my original research article I  included Frankincense b.caterri  findings today. The article is called  “Frankincense b. seratta and the anti-platelet aggregation.” in this article I point out the chemical constituent “estragole” has a blood thinning effect and interacts with my son’s blood clotting medication. this was achieved just looking at the chemical breakdown reports of the oil. I notice the one constituent was estragole between all of the Frankincense Boswella oils and then looking estragole up I discovered it inhibits coagulation which is huge issue with someone with Hemophilia  So these finding about Boswellia Caterri today is alarming and here is why?

Serrata usually contains around 2% of estragole while carterri range between none to 0.15%, as per GC reports and communication with Hubert Marceau, a well know distinguished chemist at PhytoChemia who is very well known for his work with Essential oils and also resins.  He says that In this communication included was with Robin Kessler a colleague and friend who is also a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist who specializes in resin medicines agrees that our findings together warrants a caution. A question was ask by another expert in the field of resin that caused a chain reaction to finding that I certainly were not aware of in Boswella Caterri.

While we do not have strong confirmation that this compound is the “estragole” is the cause of this effect we suggest caution and supervision when using this product with clients with bleeding disorder conditions. I am writing this to encourage clients and patients to keep reporting any side effects they have using this oil or resin. Everyone is different, with different capacities and abilities to metabolize, absorb drugs, supplements, and nutrients. Therefore, be aware of your body and listen to its response.

Hubert Marceau points out According to their databases only around 50% of the B. carteri contains estragole. When there are the level is around 0.03-0.10. Note that not all report will go at this level.  However, I feel this warrants a caution to the Bleeding disorder community the number of 50% is just too high of a risk for my clients and my son to use Frankincense b.caterri  in any form. Hubert Marceau and Robin Kessler both are in agreement with my conclusion. The risk is just to high.

Note that none of the other Boswellia Frankincense resins and essential oils have this component.

As most of you know that I have found Frankincense boswellia serrata interferes with my son’s factor meds and have found also with my clients with bleeding disorders over the past decade. See list of oils for bleeding disorder research from 1996-2006 with updated information over the years inclusing what we have discovered today here.


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It is important to note that 99% of the blogs and articles out on the internet that are geared to people with Bleeding Disorder uses direct quotes from my work and sometimes misquoted too. Much they miss is my original findings which include my experience with my own son. These blogs and article can be confusing because they do not have a complete updated list and research in their blogs/ articles. This is why I am working hard to have the best and most updated information because of the direct impact it has on the Bleeding Disorders Community, my family and my Clinical Aromatherapy practice.

Robert Tisserand and other experts like him are the resources that I refer to come to much of my later finding in 2010-2012 in my practice working with this community. Without these experts, I would not have been able to really have a good and accurate list of oils for safe and unsafe essential oils, herbs and resins. in the bleeding disorder community.



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The statements on this site have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  All information is for educational purposes only.  It’s advised that you always consult your family health practitioner.


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