When it comes to skin care, essential oils such as lavender and rose, and even neroli, are usually the ones which spring to mind. They are often seen as the ‘superstars’ of skin care, and are widely used to help soothe the skin, and to maintain a youthful appearance.
For people with allergies, or who dislike the scent of lavender, citrus, or rose, there are two often overlooked and undervalued essential oils with a long and successful history in skin care, frankincense Boswellia sacra, and geranium Pelargonium graveolens. These earthy sweet essential oils are also active ingredients in Prani Glow’s Purity Facial Ritual as they are ones of the best oils for detoxify our Lymphatic system.
Frankincense has been used for thousand of years, and is highly valued for its many useful properties. It is the resinous sap of trees found almost exclusively in the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula. The trees are cut with special knives, and the sap oozes out. Once the sap has dried in the sun, it is ready to be used. Harvested frankincense is burned as incense because of its pleasing aromas, but historically it has a number of other uses as well.
In skincare, it has been used for its anti-aging and wrinkle fighting properties. Frankincense essential oil is a powerful astringent, meaning it helps protect skin cells. It can be used to help reduce acne blemishes, the appearance of large pores, prevent wrinkles, and it even helps lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging.
We will talk about Geranium in our next blog post later this week.
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