Hello All! September's here . . . can't believe it! Where is the summer going? The older I get, the faster time speeds along . . . that's for sure! If you're over 45, I know you'll agree with me! Soon it will be time to harvest pumpkins and winter squash from my garden up here in Maine, but for now I'm still getting plenty of cukes and sweet orange "sugar baby" cherry tomatoes - nature's veggie candy!
Well, now that summer is on the wane and the kids are back in school, it's time to really take a good long look at your skin . . . deal with possible environmental damage from overexposure to the summer sun, wind, chlorine, and sea salt and begin a good revitalizing and conditioning program for the upcoming fall and winter months - the seasons that can suck your skin dry.
What if I told you that there was an age-old, wild-crafted, precious herbal resin that had the following rejuvenative and medicinal properties - and that regularly applying it topically via purely organic serums, oils, and creams would lead to rapid improvement of your skin's texture and condition like you'd never seen before?? Would you want to use it? I bet you would!! Here's what this resin can do for you:
1. Soothe inflamed skin conditions - even stubborn eczema
2. Speed skin cell regeneration and preserve the degradation of collagen
3. Aid in healing wounds (cuts, scrapes, bug bites, burns, and boils; even hard to heal sores)
4. Provide antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and astringent actions upon the skin
5. Help fade scar tissue
6. Excellent for ALL skin types . . . oily, normal, dry, sensitive, mature, wrinkled, couperose, sun-damaged, acneic (including pustular and cystic)
7. Tighten skin tissue like no other herb!
8. Used by the ancient Egyptians in the preservation of the bodies of the pharaohs. Liquid Frankincense was their embalming fluid - and can help protect yours!
9. Still used today in the best natural cosmetic lines for skin rejuvenation
10. Serve as a potent antioxidant - preserver of youth
11. Totally natural - non-chemical
12. Plus, on the spiritual side . . . it is excellent for the base or root or 6th chakra - promoting mental stability and grounding.
Whew . . . that's a lot of beneficial properties for one herbal resin, isn't it? If you haven't guessed by now, this miraculous resin is called Frankincense - one of the first spices brought back from the East - thousands of years ago. It's hand-gathered from the stems and trunks of small trees - usually by women's cooperatives - which grow in India, northern Africa, and the Arabian peninsula. It was one of the original gifts to the Christ Child - Jesus.
In my best-selling book, Organic Body Care Recipes (Storey Publishing, c2007), I have an "elixir" recipe (a naturally formulated skin serum) that highlights Frankincense essential oil. It's called, "Evening Luxe Elixir", and is quite popular with my readership. Give it a try, I think you'll like it . . . BUT, if you don't want to make it, then skip the recipe and read the paragraphs that follow it below.
Evening Luxe Elixir
This elixir is designed for all skin types in need of light pampering and balancing. Hazelnut and jojoba base oils are chemically compatible with human skin and will leave no oily residue. It softens, moisturizes, heals, rejuvenates, and tones the skin and speeds cell regeneration. Each of the essential oils has a gently calming effect on the psyche and body. Applying this just before bedtime can help lull you into restorative sleep. Good skin care combined with ample rest - the dynamic duo of beauty enhancement!
- 8 drops neroli essential oil
- 4 drops frankincense essential oil (CO2 extract)
- 4 drops rose otto essential oil
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tablespoon hazelnut base oil
- 1 tablespoon jojoba base oil
Use: 1x per day, right before bedtime
Prep Time: Approximately 15 minutes, plus 24 hours to synergize
Blending Tools: Shake storage bottle before each use
Store In: 1-ounce, dark glass bottle with glass dropper top
Shelf-Life: No refrigeration is required, but for maximum freshness & potency, use within 6 months
Yield: 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce
Directions: Add the essential oils, drop by drop, directly into your 1-ounce storage bottle. Next, add the base oils. Screw on the dropper bottle top, wrap your hand around the bottle, and shake the formula vigorously for 2 minutes to completely blend all ingredients and gently warm them to body temperature.
Set bottle in a dark location that's between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours so that the oils can synergize. Label and date bottle.
Application Tips: Immediately before bedtime and after cleansing your face, apply the appropriate toner, astringent, or hydrosol for your skin type. While skin is still damp, lightly massage 4 to 6 drops of elixir into skin, beginning with the decollete, throat, then face, using upward, outward, and circular strokes. Wait 5 minutes before applying additional moisturizer, if desired. That's it!
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Disclaimer: This blog was written by Stephanie Tourles, Lic. Esthetician, Herbalist, Certified Aromatherapist, and author. Portions of this blog were excerpted with permission from her best-selling book, Organic Body Care Recipes, (Storey Publishing, c2007). The information is true and complete to the best of Ms. Tourles' knowledge. All recommendations are made without guarantee on the part of Ms. Tourles. She disclaims any liability in connection with the use of this information. It is for educational purposes only.