07 Aug The Story of Frankincense
Frankincense has been valued for thousands of years as a potent spiritual, beauty and wellness ingredient. Here’s why.
Frankincense, the rare and precious essential oil used in our Nourish Moisture Surge Oil, is derived from the resinous sap of the Boswellia tree, which grows almost exclusively in the Middle East.
The unique health benefits of Frankincense originate from ancient religious ceremonies, where it was used to calm the body and mind in preparation for prayer and meditation.
The Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Israelites all used Frankincense extensively – and not just for religious purposes. Frankincense was also as a prized household medicinal staple due to its ability to ease nausea, indigestion, coughs, and assist with postpartum recovery.
In the second century B.C, Frankincense was traded as a commodity throughout Europe, with a value considered higher than gold today!
Despite this high demand, Frankincense oil eventually declined in popularity in with the rise of Christianity, which forbade the use of Frankincense due to the associations with the pagan worship. Today however, Frankincense is enjoying a resurgence in popularity – particularly in natural skin care.
According to a review published in the Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, Frankincense oil reduces redness and skin irritation, and promotes an even skin tone. Studies suggest that the pentacyclic triterpene (steroid-like) structure of frankincense oil contributes to its soothing effect on irritated skin.
Frankincense’s sweet, musky and earthy aromatherapy profile is widely used to help calm, improve emotional balance and increase resistance to stress and tension. If you suffer with mild depression, the anxiolytic properties of Frankincense may also help to reduce anxiety.
Here at Pure Body Luxe, we love how Frankincense helps to centre the mind in the present moment, encouraging peace and happiness.
If meditation practice is a part of your lifestyle, we recommend taking a moment to be still and reflect with a few drops of Nourish Moisture Surge oil, allowing the scent to permeate your environment and enhance your practice for a healthy body, mind and spirit.
Everybody is unique. Your skin care and health needs will depend on a range of personal factors. It’s advisable to check in with a health professional every 3 months.