About Boswellic Acids
Lately, we have had many inquiries about Frankincense essential oil, due to new health claims being made.
Boswellic acids are a series of pentacyclic triterpene molecules that are produced by plants in the genus Boswellia. Like many other terpenes, boswellic acids appear in the resin of the plant that exudes them; it is estimated that they make up 30% of the resin of Boswellia serrata. While boswellic acids are a major component of the resin, the steam or hydro distilled Frankincense essential oil does not contain any boswellic acid, as these components are non-volatile and too large to transfer through in the steam distillation process. (The essential oil is composed mainly of the much lighter monoterpene and sesquiterpene molecules, with small amounts of diterpenoid components being the upper limit in terms of molecular weight.)
The presence of boswellic acids, despite their potential therapeutic value, are not appropriate markers of quality for pure steam distillate of Frankincense resin; in fact, quite the contrary. Genuine essential oil does not contain these.
Therefore, if a company claims their Frankincense essential oil contains boswellic acids, it is incorrect, and reveals either ignorance, or a snake oil sales pitch.
Benefits – A Summary
However, Frankincense essential oil certainly does contain many beneficial compounds and therapeutic healing abilities, especially if one purchases a brand that is Chemotype-tested, meaning laboratory tested for 100% authenticity, purity and therefore, genuine therapeutic effectiveness.
These benefits include, as information shows, effects including antibacterial, anticatarrhal, antidepressive, cicatrizant (scars, ulcers, wounds), immunostimulant, analgesic and anti-inflammatory uses. As with our Eucalyptus oils, Frankincense is especially helpful in creating your own joint pain and swelling relief oil blend.
Other suggested oils to include in this blend include Peppermint (because menthol helps penetrate below the skin layers to reach nerves and shuttle the analgesic compounds in), plus Basil (either Holy or Tropical versions), Bay (St. Thomas), Birch (Sweet), Cajeput, Chamomile (German), Juniper Berry, Manuka (20%), and Wintergreen.
Harvesting of frankincense requires a deep longitudinal incision to be made in the trunk of the tree and below that a narrow strip of bark 5 inches in length is peeled off. In response to the incision, the tree releases a milk-like substance; oleo resin, which hardens due to exposure to the air.
The incision is then deepened to encourage further release of the resin. Through further processes, the resin can be steam-distilled into an essential oil.
A very distinctive aromatic, Frankincense was once prized above gold. One of the gifts of the three Magi, it has been traded as a precious commodity for more than 5,000 years. It has been used through the ages in perfuming, aromatic medicine, skincare and cosmetics, embalming, as a mosquito repellent and most extensively for anointing and as an incense offering in religious ceremonies spanning cultures and centuries. The use of Frankincense is so interconnected through the millennia as a religious offering that is has taken on sacred connotations.
The twirling smoke of burning incense was believed to carry prayers or divinations upwards; a magnificent present to the divine Gods. In fact, fragrance was a characteristic sign of the presence of a deity in antiquity. Frankincense was burnt in censers at front doors in times past, believed to purify the air of contaminating miasmic influences of bad luck, evil spirits or illness. The use of Frankincense to enhance spirituality, prayer or meditation, and to awaken higher consciousness, still continues to this day.
Please read material at these links for more information, about Olibanum/Frankincense:
RE: Divine Essence Frankincense oils:
The Indian type of Frankincense oil (Boswellia Serrata), while of good quality, and being mentioned in media because it is more common, is of average resin grade and quite different in smell, and cannot be compared to the HE086S ”True” Frankincense oil from Somalia (Boswellia Carterii, syn. Boswellia sacra). The Indian type will be back in stock at some point, but we recommend clients try the bestseller from Somalia; it is lovely and the most sought-after one. It is well worth the slightly higher price.
We carry only the first grade and price reflects its premium quality, named “Top Grade Resin”. While we understand some consumers were buying the cheaper Indian type, we have a much better stock of the Somalia type available right now, while supplies last. Authentic Myrrh essential oil is also available. All Divine Essence essential oils are lab-tested for absolute 100% genuine identity, purity and therefore, therapeutic effectiveness. Not to mention, they smell exquisite!
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!
Healthy skin is of vital importance to enjoy life to the fullest. Treated with care, it will always look great. Even during stressful, worrisome or emotional times, it is important to try to maintain a healthy mind in a healthy body.
Skin is often a clear indicator of an unbalanced diet. It is said that, after the stomach, the skin is the part of the body we neglect most. Too often, we are oblivious to its warnings.
Here are 12 tips to help you keep your skin healthy
- Protect your skin from the sun. Its rays can produce free radicals, which break down collagen and elastin, causing the skin to age prematurely.
- Don’t smoke. Smoking tightens blood vessels, which deprives cells of oxygen and nutrients, reducing the skin’s elasticity.
- Drink water! Aim to down at least 1.5 litres of water a day. You can add Molkosan to your water to improve digestion and maintain healthy intestinal flora. This leads to young-looking, beautiful and radiant skin.
- Move! Exercise frequently to ensure proper oxygenation.
- Get enough sleep. Skin regenerates at night, and fatigue has an effect on its appearance. Dark circles and redness may appear, and skin becomes dry and loses its brightness.
- Reduce coffee and alcohol consumption. Drinking a lot of coffee and/or alcohol is terrible for your skin. Pores become enlarged, allowing more impurities to get into the skin.
- Avoid stressful situations. They will damage your skin. Skin cells are sensitive to stress, as many of them have receptors that respond to stress hormones. When these hormones are released, blood vessels tighten, and the skin is not nourished as well.
- Be sure to wash your face. Always remove your makeup before going to bed.
- Do not stay in the bath or shower too long. Water depletes the salts in the skin, which makes it difficult for the skin to retain the water molecules. As a result, skin feels dry and rough.
- Eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Raw is best, but you can also reduce cooking time as much as possible. When vegetables are cooked for a long time at high temperatures, they lose a lot of their vitamins.
- Choose whole grain cereals and brown rice.
- Limit your intake of animal fats. Opt for oils rich in polyunsaturated fats like sunflower or soybean oil. An omega-3 supplement is also worth considering.
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Vitamin C is critical for your body and plays an important role in maintaining healthy, resilient skin. While young skin is full of vitamin C, aging skin naturally loses this nutrient over time. Other factors like exposure to UV light, pollutants and cigarette smoke compound the decline of vitamin C, contributing to signs of aging. The good news is that you can fight back by replenishing your skin’s vitamin C levels to help to combat and even reverse time’s effect on your face.
Your Anti-Aging Rx
Taking vitamin C through a supplement or food is beneficial to your health, but to specifically target signs of aging on your face, topical vitamin C is best. In fact, applying vitamin C to the skin can be 20 times more effective than taking it orally. Topical vitamin C is sold in a wide range of products from serum to lotions. Look for products that contain between 3% and 10% of vitamin C and include the active ingredient ascorbic acid or L-ascorbic acid. Pay extra attention to the packaging – all antioxidants, including vitamin C, are vulnerable to deterioration in the presence of air and light. Unless a product is in an airtight and opaque package, don’t buy it!
Viva’s Bio Brightening C Serum has a potent amount of Vitamin C that helps combat hyper pigmentation, sun damage, dark spots caused by acne scarring, boosts collagen production, and helps brighten up your complexion. With rosehip oil, sweet almond oil, evening primrose oil, and vitamin e, this serum helps to combat serious dark areas of the skin to help heal the scarring.
Application of Viva’s Bio Brightening C Serum:
Apply a thin layer onto cleansed or exfoliated damp face. Massage serum into face, allow to dry 2-3 minutes. Follow with Viva anti-oxidant rich Concentrated Anti-Aging Serum or sunscreen for best results. Pairs best with Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Night time only use recommended.
Apply topical vitamin C once a day, ideally after you’ve exfoliated to utilize vitamin C’s full properties. On rare occasions, topical vitamin C can cause some mild dryness or flaking. Counteract this side effect with a moisturizer. We highly recommend combining our Pure Hyaluronic Acid Serum with our Bio Brightening C Serum for moisture and protection. This topical nutrient is safe to combine with all your other skin care products and even works synergistically with other antioxidants. For a super powerful anti-aging punch, combine vitamins C and E together.
What is Viva’s Bio Brightening C Serum used for?
One of the most powerful functions of vitamin C is its role in the production of collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity. As you age, collagen breaks down and wrinkles begin to form. Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract wrinkle formation by increasing collagen production.
When it comes to treating age spots, you don’t need chemical peels and lasers – it turns out that vitamin C can have almost the same results! Age spots are essentially sun damage, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, shown to reduce the number of sunburned cells as well as reverse age-related damage to skin. While it’s not a replacement for sunscreen, vitamin C protects against and may repair UV damage like discoloration and fine lines.
The length of time from when you start using vitamin C until you see results varies with each person. While some people see changes as soon as 2-4 weeks, it may take others 6-8 weeks to see a significant difference.
Did you know that Viva’s Bio Brightening C Serum is 100% free from: GMO, Synthetics, Fillers, Synthetic Fragrances, Perfumes, and Colourants? It is also Cruelty Free – Never tested on our fury friends!