I didn’t really know what frankincense was until a few years ago, but today I regularly use frankincense for natural skin rejuvenation on my face.
If you’re like me you’re probably most familiar with frankincense as one of the gifts of the three Wiseman: gold, frankincense and myrrh. Today it’s not just for Wisemen anymore, it’s for Wise Women too!
So just what is frankincense and how does it aid in natural skin rejuvenation? Frankincense is the dried resin from Boswellia trees grown in parts of Africa and the Middle East.
Ancient Egyptians used frankincense for a variety of medicinal, health, and beauty benefits, including burning it to make kohl eyeliner. Hieroglyphics found inside of Queen Hatshepsut’s tomb indicate that she was the first person to bring frankincense from the Arabian Peninsula to Egypt about 3,500 years ago.
Traditional Uses of Frankincense
Frankincense was traditionally used in Africa and Asia to aid in digestion and for skin care. Ayurvedic medicine in India used frankincense for treatment of arthritis, healing wounds, strengthening female hormones, and air purification. It was also used in the embalming process of Egyptian mummies, and has been burned as incense in churches of all faiths for thousands of years.
In fact the sweet aromatic smoke from burning resin was treasured by Pharos, Kings, and Priests alike and this high demand for frankincense created early trade routes between the Arabian Peninsula and Western Europe.
Modern Uses of Frankincense
Today, Boswellia trees are farmed in Kenya and Somalia. These prized trees are family owned, carefully tended, and passed down through generations. The bark is scored to allow the resin to drip down the trunk. The dried resin is then collected and either ground into powder for incense and perfume or distilled into essential oil. It is estimated that about 15% of all perfumes in the world contain frankincense.
Long revered for its natural skin toning, firming, and rejuvenating capabilities, today through modern research, frankincense is also known for its strong anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties as well.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Frankincense Intense Cream
In fact, Neal’s Yard Remedies Organic Frankincense Intense Cream has been clinically proven to firm, tone, and boost skin’s suppleness and reduces the appearance of sagging, fine lines and wrinkles in just 60-days1.
The phytochemicals from the frankincense help to firm and tone the skin, strengthen skin cells, and slow collagen breakdown while increasing the skin’s suppleness. This natural anti-aging combination supports the skin from below the dermis, as well as moisturizing and protecting from the top down.
I have just started using Frankincense Intense Cream along with Rejuvenating Frankincense Facial Oil and after only one week I am already seeing noticeable improvements. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these products and know you will too.
1 The trial study was conducted by a world-class Italian laboratory in compliance with the World medical Association declaration of Helsinki and with the Colipa Guidelines.