Frankincense is an essential oil that may bring to mind ancient religious practices, and it is referred to many times in the Bible as well as other texts from around the world. It is even mentioned in one of the oldest medical records, the Ebers Papyrus from the 16th century BCE. However, frankincense is not a relic from the past, it is a powerful healing tool for modern times as well! Frankincense refers to the resin of various species of the Boswellia tree which grow in India, East Africa, China, and the Middle East. The most common and studied is Boswellia Carterii which is grown in Somalia and Yemen and has been cultivated there for thousands of years. Frankincense is powerful resin that is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and studies such as those mentioned below show that the benefits of the essential oil are not just anecdotal, but can be scientifically proven. There are a variety of uses for frankincense, and one fantastic way to take advantage of it’s healing properties is to apply it to your skin. To see the many skin friendly benefits yourself you can choose skin care products that feature this potent yet gentle therapeutic oil to see revived elasticity and reduced inflammation. It is also believed to help heal scars. When you use frankincense on your skin, you are inhaling the earthy aroma, and like everything you apply to your skin, it is absorbing into your bloodstream, so you will be receiving all of its mental and emotional benefits as well! My whole family uses frankincense as a grounding, emotionally supportive tool and I love that every time I apply my favorite skin serum I am caring for all aspects of myself, not just the physical. After all, true beauty radiates from within!


Frankincense therapeutic properties


Biological activities of frankincense essential oil


Transdermal microemulsions of Boswellia Carterii


Essential Oils Desk Reference, seventh edition


Caitlin Eisner Fisch is a homeschool mom, writer, personal chef, and essential oils enthusiast who lives in the Bay Area by way of Miami, Jerusalem, and the Bronx. Discover more creative essential oil ideas on Instagram @thejoyofcaitlin.oils and follow her family’s adventures on Instagram or Twitter @thejoyofcaitlin.

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Sea buckthorn oil, or otherwise known by its botanical name, Hippophae rhamnoides, literally means “tree that makes the horse shine”. For years it has been known for its ability to improve horses’ health and make their hair shiny and soft. But the benefits of buckthorn don’t stop with noble steeds! This nutrient-rich yellow-orange berry derivative is ideal for post-sun and anti-aging skin treatments too!
Here’s how it works:
The benefits of sea buckthorn oil have been known for centuries! It’s suspected to have originated in the Himalayas, but was also used by several different cultures, including ancient Greeks, Egyptians, the Chinese, and Mongols throughout time. It was certainly a hot commodity along the Silk Road. For years, a variety of health benefits have been documented in ancient literature, including everything from alleviating pain to aiding digestion.
Today, sea buckthorn oil is most well known for its healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin! Topical application can help with exfoliation, cleansing, healing sunburn, and slowing down the signs of aging. It does all this by starting from the source and nourishing the tissues in your skin and body.
There are two types of sea buckthorn oil: seed oil and fruit oil. While they are very similar in nutrient composition, fruit oil tends to be much darker and thicker, while seed oil takes on a paler color and more fluid viscosity.
The sea buckthorn berry itself contains over 190 nutrients and phytonutrients, including vitamin C; 12 times higher than that of an orange! The oils are also full of antioxidants like phenols, terpenes, and glucosides and additional vitamins A and E. In other words, this stuff is excellent for your skin and it has the nutrition profile to prove it.
Sea buckthorn oil is particularly pro at combatting acne and promoting skin vitality and regeneration. As the summer is here and our skin is more susceptible to those harmful UV rays, maintaining a skin regimen is key. There is nothing that speeds the skin aging process along faster than too much sun exposure. It’s absolutely crucial to protect your outermost layer with a good SPF and absolutely recommended to follow up time in the sun with rejuvenating oil.
Sea buckthorn oil is one of the main ingredients in our Magic Face Potion. The wise woman knows that true magic always starts with clear intention and the right tools. We have formulated this anti-aging Magic Face Potion to be a powerful self care tool for women over 40 who intend to move forward with vitality and clarity. In here are botanicals that are anti-oxidant for quenching free radicals and anti-aging. Properties also include helping promote cell turnover, collagen production preventing blemishes, supporting scar healing, soothing adult acne and rosacea, replenishing after sun and wind exposure, and also simply for deep moisturizing. Stop by our virtual herb garden here and start protecting your skin today!

7 Fun Ways to be a Feminist

1 Make dirty jokes in public. At my gym, all the guys make dirty jokes, but the women
almost never do. No one is really gross or offensive and it is all in good fun. Today I
made a little sideways comment and made one of the trainers blush. First of all, it was
fun to watch him squirm a little. Secondly, it is a fun and subtle way to remind people,
that women, you know, are people.

2 Do at least one push up every day. If you can’t do a complete push up, cheat. Do it
however you can, but do it every day. Become strong, physically. It feels good to be
strong. It feels empowering, because, you know, women can either be strong or not
strong. Somehow it is not surprising when women are not strong, but when we are, it
carries an uplifted message both to ourselves and to those around us.

3 Connect with the other women in the room first. When entering a new social
situation, I like to try to introduce myself to the sisters first. Even if a woman is not super
friendly, connecting with her first, feels like a stand up thing to do. We are in it together.
We can lead the conversation and command respect in this non-aggressive and warm
way. Usually, no one even notices, but I find it sets a certain tone of respect for the
women and for the men as well.

4 Go support women and girls who are doing cool things. There are now so many
movies, woman comedians, plays, speakers, trainers, woman owned business, all of it.
This is normal to my daughters but remember, this is actually kind of new in our culture.
Let’s support them! It’s true that they aren’t all good, choose what you like! Let’s face it,
a funny woman is, you know, really funny.

5 Carry a pocket knife. I like my pocket knife because I am a mom and I like to be able
to cut up apples or cheese or open a box. I also like it because sometimes I notice
people double taking when I use it. It’s surprising for a woman to have a pocket knife.
Not sure why, but I think it may be a little bit feminist.

6 Choose your look. Decide what to wear and how to look based on your preference
and not based on the expectations of others. I’m not sure why this is a feminist thing,
but I think it really is. Shave, don’t shave. Make-up, no make-up. Jeans, fishnets. All
these choices are yours and no one else’s.

7 Be a woman, it’s fun!

Ok, that’s my list of 7 fun ways to be a feminist. It would be fun to add to it! Any more
fun ways to be a feminist? E-mail them to

Thanks and be well,

Makeup Remover Oil

The Dirty Little Secret Behind Oil Makeup Removers

Believe it or not, some of the best makeup removers on the market are oils!

After a long day (especially during those summer months), removing your makeup before cleansing your face is crucial.

In fact, we’ll go as far as to say that skincare is the most important part of your makeup routine. Any professional will tell you that keeping your skin clean, soft, and nourished is the first step in maintaining a healthy glow. And oils are the ideal makeup-removing product in more ways than one:

Oils have the power to remove long lasting, waterproof mascara, eye shadows, liners, and foundation because they can break down virtually any ingredient found in makeup. Here’s how: The oils in the makeup remover bind with your skin’s natural oils and any dirt on the surface, which makes it a breeze to wash everything away.

Here are a few tips:

It’s very important to take off your eye makeup with something targeted for that area, as to not clog the rest of your pores. First, you don’t want to risk an eye infection or discoloration by dragging a dirty wipe or cotton ball over your eyes. And second, you don’t want to risk clogged pores by dragging a dirty wipe or cotton ball over your face. It’s typically best to place a cotton ball with an oil-based remover over your eyes first, let the oil dissolve the makeup for a minute or so, and then wipe clean.

The same type of oil can then be used to take off your face makeup! The key is applying it correctly.

First, start with a dry face and dry hands. Water and oils are not known for mixing well based on the principle of polarity. In order for the makeup remover oil to fully break down the makeup, your skin should be dry.

Second, it’s important that you use the correct amount. If you don’t use enough, it will feel like you’re pulling on your skin. Rubbing it in your hands first, thins it out so that it can be spread evenly over your face and then massaging (in small, circular motions) into your pores helps it bind with your natural oils and accumulated dirt.

Third, follow it up with your daily cleanser and a moisturizer. This will prevent your skin from feeling tight and ensure clean pores. You deserve to have the best of both worlds: flawless makeup and beautiful skin. No one says you should have to choose!

If you’re looking to change up your skincare routine in favor of those nourishing oils, we want to provide you with the perfect solution! Our Daily Nourish Face Oil, available here is perfect for maintaining a youthful glow. It can be worn under makeup, instead of makeup, or to remove makeup. Smell the touch of fruity olive oil, our herbal infused Base Oil, rosehip seed, apricot kernel and meadowfoam oils, without any chemical additives. Many of our friends who wear makeup, also use our Touchy Skin Salve for makeup removal. They say it can even remove more stubborn eye makeup and leave their skin feeling soft and nourished.  Ora’s Amazing Herbal provides you with products that are 100% natural and nourishing because herbs are amazing!

Bear a Better Beard and Keep it Kissable. Hint: Natural Beard Oil Helps

Beards have fallen in and out of popularity throughout the 2000s. Some years they’re “in” and some years they’re “out”; it’s honestly hard to keep track! Regardless, we’ve broken the stereotype that beards are unprofessional. A well-kept, soft beard certainly has its place in the workplace, but keeping it that way is easier said than done. We’ve all seen beards across the tameness spectrum, ranging from ridiculously unkempt to meticulously neat and for the later we may have even asked ourselves, what is their secret?


Beard care and maintenance certainly differs from man to man, but we have a few suggestions on keeping your scruff soft:


  1. Be Patient: Growing a beard is hard work and you’re not going to wake up one day with perfect facial hair. But we all know that we have to work hard for what we want. Growing a nice beard takes stamina; you have to resist the urge to trim and shave (especially during the beginning stages), despite the itchiness. However, it’s never too early to start moisturizing. Our line of Beard Oils isn’t tough on skin and actually works to maintain and strengthen its natural moisture barrier. Moisturizing during the growth process makes everything a little bit less scruffy and a lot easier to manage.


  1. Evaluate your face shape and beard limitations: First, just like with haircuts, different shaped beards look best with different shaped faces. While every man has the right to bear whatever shaped beard, here are a few general suggestions:


Square Face:         Keep hair fuller on the chin, shorter on the sides

Round Face:         Grow hair longer on the bottom, shorter on the sides

Rectangular Face:     Keep the sides fuller, and the bottom shorter

Oval Face:         Most styles work well


Second, it’s important to accept your beard’s strengths and weaknesses and then embrace them. If the patchiness is real, work around it. Choose the areas you want to keep and improve and touch up the rest with a razor. Just because you have a patchy section doesn’t mean you’re doomed (especially if you keep it soft).


  1. Maximize the transition phase: If there’s a time to take the most care of your beard, it’s during this phase. Just as your beard starts to take shape, you should be focused on keeping it clean and moisturized. It’s almost like laying down a strong foundation before you begin construction on a home. If those pioneer hairs aren’t happy, the next generation won’t be either. Definitely invest in a beard wash and beard oil.


  1. Get to shaping: Once you have something substantial to work with, you can begin crafting. Since by now you’ve already familiarized yourself with the best shape beard for your face, the transition to style should be smooth. At this point, feel free to hand over the reins to a professional barber. It will just be up to you to maintain, trim, and soften. A poorly trimmed beard is a one-way ticket to unprofessional city, so remember the value of neatness.


At Ora’s Amazing Herbal, we know that growing a beard is hard work and we’re here to support you along the way! Our Beard Oil Set makes a great gift for that hard to buy for, rustic kind of bearded guy. Beautifully and simply packaged in our 100% recycled kraft gift box. Try a little variety with this 3 pack including Revive, Refresh and Unscented. Each is one ounce for convenient travel and ideal for conditioning, and softening. By adding a few drops to your beard and face, the properties of Argan, Rosehips and Jojoba oils will help you keep it kissable.


Dr Michele Sayball N.D. Talks About Tamanu

Plant Name: Tamanu Tree

Latin: Calophyllum inophyllum

Parts used: nut of the tree’s fruit are cold pressed into oil

Actions: Topical analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant

Uses: Acne, psoriasis, especially large scale psoriasis, with friction massage of sciatica and rheumatic joints, sunburn or wounds, stretch marks, postpartum perineum, diaper rash, healing damaged skin and rejuvinating dry hair.

Constituents: slightly acidic pH rich in Oleic and LInoleic fatty acids; volcanic terrain provides rich minerals for this plant

Identification: It grows up to three meters tall, with its cracked, black bark symbolic of its use for healing cracked or dis-eased skin. and elliptical, shiny leaves. Twice annually in its tropical climate, the Tamanu tree produces fragrant, white, fragrant blooms. From these flowers come clusters of green skinned spherical fruit that turns yellow and then brown as it dries, then naturally falls off the branch. The dried fruit is collected and its inner nut is left out to dry for two months out in the sun. It is cold pressed to extract only a few drops of oil per nut. This process of cold pressing gives the oil it’s best value, as it retains all the good nutrients. An entire tree to produces only 5 liters of Tamanu oil two times annually.

Uses in Ethnobotanical history:

Healers of Southeast Asia; Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Malaysia, South India, Sri Lanka, and the Melanesian and Polynesian islands have used this amazing herbal medicine for treating aging skin, for oily skin, acute acne and acne scarring, scars and stretch marks, eczema, psoriasis, age spots, wounds and topical ulcers, burns and sunburn, as an anti-inflammatory friction massage for sciatica, muscular pain, rheumatism, and neuralgia.


Dr Michele Sayball became an herbalist, mother, midwife and naturopathic physician, in that order.  She specializes in chronic diseases and works at the Sophia Health Institute in WA.
Michele Sayball, ND, CPM, LM, LMP