Frankincense

Origin

Frankincense is derived from the sap from the Boswell tree. When dried, frankincense is used as incense. When steam distilled it is an essential oil. The country of Oman is thought to be the oldest producer of frankincense. However it is produced in the Middle East, Africa and India.
Frankincense has a long history in the Middle East, mostly in religious ceremonies such as funerals. In Egypt it was ground to make kohl and used as an eyeliner and was thought to improve vision. Apparently Emperor Nero used a balm made with frankincense to decrease the effects around his eyes from a night of debauchery. When distilled as oil it was used as a perfume. And of course the most popular story is that it was given to Jesus as a gift by the three wise men to ward off evil spirits.

Properties

According to numerous studies, frankincense has been shown to inhibit inflammation. Thus helping a variety of ailments from arthritis to acne. One study mentioned its assistance in digestion, those with inflammatory bowel diseases. Others suggest that frankincense can help with respiratory disorders to dental care.
As an essential oil it has a calming affect due to its sweet woodsy yet subtly citrus perfume. A few drops added to your bath water are a luxurious way to relax and relief muscle pain. And you can find it in our  coupled with cardamom for a lovely body polish. Frankincense for the season.

History of Cardamom

 

Cardamom is a spice that comes from the seed pods of various ginger plants. Native to India and popular throughout Asia, Cardamom is the world’s third most expensive spice, famous for its aromatic and healing properties. It commonly used in food, medicine, and skincare.

Cooking with Cardamom

There are two main types of cardamom: green and black. Green, also called true cardamom, comes from an aromatic perennial herb plant. It is widely used in Indian cuisine, and is a popular spice used in baking sweets as well as flavoring coffee and tea. Black Cardamom has more of a smoky flavor, commonly used in meat dishes and soups. Both are found in popular sweet and savory dishes such as curry pastes and masalas.

Healing Powers

Cardamom also boasts natural healing abilities, prominently utilized in Indian and Chinese medicine. Its natural oil is packed with antioxidants and can be used as an antiseptic, an anti-inflammatory, and a digestion aid. Cardamom seeds are often chewed on for oral health, providing relief from mouth ulcers and combating bad breath.

Skin Solutions

Cardamom essential oil comes from steam distillation of the spice. It creates a rich, yellow oil with an invigorating, bittersweet smell. The sweet, spicy aroma invigorates the senses and calms anxiety. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used this fragrant oil in perfumes, incense, and mouth washes. It is also used as a massage oil due to its warming sensation and skin-soothing properties.

This luxurious essential oil can be found in HollyBeth Organics’ Body Polish, adding that hint of spice while promoting circulation and calming the muscles. It is the ultimate body scrub for relaxation and rejuvenation. The Ancient Egyptians would be jealous.

No wonder cardamom is so highly valued – this sumptuous spice can do it all!

Body Scrub vs Body Polish

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It’s been a long week, and you haven’t had any time to relax. Now that the weekend is upon us, it’s time to indulge in some much needed “me” time. Catch up on your favorite television shows, dive into that book you’ve been reading, reconnect with friends and family – but while you’re busy with mind and soul, don’t forget to take care of your body!

Pamper Yourself This Weekend

Pamper yourself with a skin-sloughing body scrub or body polish to rid yourself of dry, flaking skin. Both products tend to be a grainy mixture of ingredients used to exfoliate and moisturize; however, there is a difference.

You’re probably most familiar with a body scrub, which is normally used to exfoliate and cleanse. The product is rubbed on the body then washed away leaving fresh, clean skin. But what about delicate facial skin? Try HollyBeth Organics’ Grits & Honey Scrub. Made from cornmeal and a mixture of honey, Vitamin E, and sweet almond oil, this scrub is specially formulated to gently exfoliate the face, neck, and hands (an excellent way to keep blackheads away!).

Looking For an Exfoliating, Moisturizing Treatment?

Try HollyBeth Organics’ Body Polish. A  powerful blend of Dead Sea salt and sugar buff away dead skin, while a luxurious combination of Cardamom, Frankincense, and orange essential oils pack in moisture and antioxidants. Wipe out dead skin cells while packing in the moisture.

So which one is right for you? Both! HollyBeth Organics’ scrub and polish will take away the dull and bring in the radiant!