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Neal’s Yard Gets Frank

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FRANKINCENSE INTENSEFRANKINCENSE/ (frang-kin-sens)/ n. / 1: A fragrant resin, also known as olibanum, extracted from the tree species Boswellia, common in Somalia and Kenya; 2: Traded in the Middle East and North Africa for over five thousand years, it was used often for incense, perfumes, and even in the embalming process; 3: In traditional Asian medicine, frankincense is prescribed to aid digestion problems; 4: A scent commonly burned during meditation and religious rites, it, along with gold and myrrh, was one of the gifts the Magi presented to Jesus; 5: Prized for its anti-inflammatory properties, it also treats anxiety, stress, and arthritis; 6: A powerful skin-care ingredient, frankincense tightens and tones and is intensely hydrating; e.g., “Use it as an aroma for yourself and your home, burn it while you meditate, and slather it on your skin to address fine lines and dry patches.”

Try it: Neal’s Yard Remedies Frankincense Intense, $90, us.nyrorganic.com.

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