The ancient Egyptians mixed herbs, resins, minerals, and botanicals with oils and butters to provide luxurious unguents for skin and hair ravaged by the dry weather of Egypt. The blend of the ingredients of Mendesian oils and butters provides moisturizing, age-defying, and skin-repairing properties.
Myrrh is a natural resin extracted from the tree Commiphora myrrha across the Middle East and parts of Africa. Like frankincense, it is an antimicrobial. It is also widely used as a palliative for bruises, arthritis, sprains, and toothaches. The ancient Egyptians used Myrrh as incense for their midday temple ritual, as well as medicinally.
Cinnamon is one of nature’s strongest antimicrobials, used extensively in dressings, and also a treatment for gum ulcers. In daily life, tishepes was burned and its oil was utilized to permeate clothing and bedding with the scent of an aphrodisiac. It is utilized in many incense and oil perfumes and infused into soothing massage emollients for the body and feet.
Mendesian originated in Mendes; the Greek name of the Ancient Egyptian city of Djadwt, also known in Ancient Egypt as Par Ba’nabdjadwt (The Domain of the Ram Lord of Djadwt) and Inapat, is known today as Tell El-Ruba. This Nile delta city became the capitol of Ancient Egypt’s Late Period. The mendesian perfume was so popular for thousands of years, that it became known simply as ‘The Egyptian’ by Roman times.
Ba’anabdjadwt was the god of Mendes, who was consulted by the Divine Tribunal in the Judgment of Horus and Seth. Ptah, the creator god of Memphis, took the form of Ba’nabdjadwt in his form of virility in the conception of Rameses II. It can be worn for creativity, virility, and a favorable court verdict.
Directions: Use as a balm for dry skin and an exfoliating beauty mask for fine lines and wrinkles.
Ingredients: myrrh resin, cinnamon, castor oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, palm butter, shea butter, beeswax
Amanda Stout (verified owner) –
This is warming, and nice for aches and pains. I did have to heat it up and stir it. But it’s moisturizing, warming, but doesn’t knock you upside the head with cinnamon. The myrrh and cinnamon are nicely balanced.