Why do we only think of frankincense at Christmas?
Mention Frankincense and most of us will think of the Three wise men and the Christmas story.
But the wise amongst us will know that Frankincense shouldn’t be confined to Christmas – it is a wonderful ingredient that can bring anti-ageing skin care benefits the year round.
Also known as Olibanum, Frankincense comes from resin of the Boswellia sacra tree.
Frankincense has been valued and traded for more than 5000 years and is shown on the walls of the temple of the Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut near the Valley of the Kings.
In ancient times, Frankincense was harvested from trees in southern Arabia. The gum was extracted from the tree but this was a dangerous process due to venomous snakes that lived in the trees. Some of gum of the tree was burnt to drive the snakes away before safe harvesting could take place.
Boswellia Sacra trees start producing resin when around 8 years old. Harvesting can take place 2 or 3 times a year but needs to be managed because over-harvesting is known to affect the tree populations by reducing germination rates. These tree populations are also being affected by conversion to agriculture.
You will find Frankincense in several products in the Nourish ‘Treatment’ range because it brings anti-ageing benefits. It will help to tone and firm the skin whilst promoting the regeneration of healthy cells; it helps to balance the water and oil levels in the skin and can reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes.
Our Golden Glow Toning Body Shimmer: infused with golden resins of organic frankincense and myrrh plus super-hydrating hyaluronic acid and light reflecting particles, this unique iridescent shimmer locks in moisture, tones and firms the skin and imparts a natural, sun-kissed radiance.