This time of year… the music, the lights, the scents, all the tradition… provides us the perfect time to highlight two special ingredients in one of our favorite soaps and face scrub — Frankincense and Myrrh. You likely recognize them from the Christmas Story and perhaps you can even recite the words to the famous holiday carol and how these two celebrated symbols and gifts are given to the child born in a manger. But, have you ever wondered where Frankincense and Myrrh come from and why they were considered so special?
After a little research we thought we’d share with you some interesting facts we found. Frankincense and Myrrh are both aromatic gum resins obtained from rare trees found in Africa. The gift of these two essences, along with gold, from the three kings, as the story goes, reveals their value and the fact that they were most likely reserved for use by royalty.
Some 5,000 years ago, Frankincense and Myrrh were burned as incense in religious ceremonies, used as insect repellent, perfume, salves for wounds and were key ingredients in the embalming process. Today, you’ll find myrrh in some popular natural toothpastes, due to its proven benefits to dental and gum health. Frankincense has been studied and applied in research for some cancers, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, anxiety and asthma, among other diseases. The jury is still out on these findings, but clearly, the potential that these two ancient remedies may offer relief from some modern day ailments is alive and well and under investigation!
While we can’t make any claims to their documented health benefits, we can share our love of the aromatic scent of these two natural ingredients in our Frank and Myrrh Soap Bar. It seems to us to be both calming and invigorating at the same time! In addition, we offer a Charcoal & Frankincense Face Scrub, providing a perfect way to both detox and exfoliate your skin.
Our limited edition all-natural Frank and Myrrh Soap Bar and our Charcoal & Frankincense Face Scrub are available now throughout the month of December — while supplies last. Mention this post and receive 20% off either or both of these two scents of the month*! For more information and to try these out for yourself, stop by our shop in downtown Portsmouth, NH or email us directly at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you! *Not applicable to other product discounts or combined with other offers.