Quite a while back now, as is always the case with me, the wonderfully generous Bodhi & Birch sent me out a few products to review; their Neroli Lucé Revitalising Face Oil, Siam Ginger Bath & Shower Therapy, Ginger Brew Deep Tissue Massage & Body Oil, and of course the Mint Thé Temple Balm. (To check out my review of the Neroli Lucé Revitalising Face Oil click here.)
The Mint Thé Temple Balm is described on the Bodhi & Birch website as being:
Based on traditional herbal remedies, this aromatic balm provides relief for tension headaches, soothes travel sickness and eases muscular aches and pains. Its potent antiseptic and remedial properties work to alleviate minor skin irritations, including insect bites.
Before I get on with my review though here are a few facts about Bodhi & Birch below.
Bodhi & Birch Facts
- Bodhi & Birch sell luxury aromatherapeutic and botanical skincare products.
- Bodhi is Sanskrit for ‘enlightenment’ – translating more accurately to ‘to awaken’ and ‘to understand’.
- Bodhi & Birch was founded by Elijah Choo. Elijah grew up in a Chinese household, although lived in Singapore and frequented Malaysia, where he learned the importance of balancing your chi (energy).
- Choo’s interest in inner chi expanded into an interest for traditional rememdies and how they could benefit the skin.
- Elijah is a big believer that prevention is better than the cure which makes so much sense when you look at the Bodhi product range.
- After working for 15 years in the advertising and marketing industry Choo looked for a new path in life.
Bodhi & Birch: Mint Thé Temple Balm
The Low-Down: The Bodhi & Birch Mint Thé Temple Balm uses a unique blend of the healing oils; babassu nut oil, white camphor oil, cajeput, eucalyptus, and frankincense to help to soothe and revive your body and mind. Let’s take a quick but in depth look at these ingredients:
- Babassu nut oil is derived from the kernels of the babassu palm tree and is a soft butter that melts into the skin instantly, leaving a cooling sensation on the skin.
- White camphor oil is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory oil – you might think you haven’t heard of it but it’s found in Tiger Balm and is great for muscle aches.
- Cajeput is great for muscle and joint pain due to its analgesic (pain relieving) properties and is also great for headaches and stomach pain. You will also find cajeput in Tiger Balm.
- Eucalyptus is just such an amazing essential oil – it is antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, an analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and even a decongestant. It is great for rejuvenating and uplifting your mood and can alleviate mental exhaustion so is a great one for relief of stress and tension headaches.
- Frankincense, although mainly known for its amazing skin rejuvenating properties, is actually great for muscle aches. It contains a group of chemical constituents known as ‘terpenes’ – more specifically sesquiterpenes. Sesquiterpenes are known to be able to pass the blood-brain barrier and enter brain tissue, oxegynating the area aroung the pineal and pituatary glands. In other words it is great as a mild anti-depressant.
Pros: Works unbelievably well on tension headaches, muscle aches, insect bites, and stress. As soon as you open the little jar the scent will remind you of a less spiced version of Tiger Balm and I loved it. Just a small amount of this balm melts between your fingers into a smooth oil and can cover quite a large surface area too so you get more bang for your buck!
Whenever I felt stressed a just popped a little of the balm on my temples and pulse points, I also tried rubbing it into my wrists and inhaling it when I felt I was in a bit of a stressful situation – which happens quite often for me – but it really did work. The size of the jar is fairly large and will last you forever although it has a use by of 6 months after opening.
Cons: Nothing major just be sure to store below 25˚C to prevent the balm from melting – this was pretty hard to do on really hot days and sadly mine melted – so store in the fridge during the summer months! This could be an issue when travelling which is when I can imagine you would want to use it the most. The only other con I can think of is that when you use it in the colder months, like now, the cooling effect is so severe that you actually feel a little too cold (although I am a wuss when it comes to the cold).
How to Use: To alleviate stress, or headaches, massage into your temples and all of your pulse points or apply liberally onto your wrists and inhale for an aromatherapeutic experience. Alternatively you can use this as a muscle rub for tired and sore muscles. Great when massaged into the nape of the neck and shoulders for tension headaches.
Where to Buy: Direct from the Bodhi & Birch website.
Despite the little cons I mentioned this product is so effective that I just had to give it a 5/5. I lift weights quite often and I get sore muscles often – nothing ever seems to work but this really does, imagine using a less toxic version of ‘Deep Freeze’ (the cooling version of ‘Deep Heat’) with a gorgeously natural menthol scent that is almost sweet. The texture of the balm is gorgeous and it just melts amazingly well, absorbing into the skin without leaving a greasy film like other temple balms often do.
The cooling sensation lasts for a good 15-20 minutes which I found to be very effective on my tension headaches. The scent lasts for around 1 hour. As a treatment for stress this was both a greatly effective and discreet way to deal with it. I have 4g travel size and I am half way through the jar after 6 weeks of use so this hopefully gives you an idea of how long a full sized 15g jar would last.
For the full list of ingredients as listed on the Bodhi & Birch website please see below:
Ingredients:Butyrospermum Parkii (Organic Shea Nut) Butter**, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Nut Oil, Menthol, Melaleuca Leucadendron Cajaputi (Cajeput) Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Camphora (White Camphor) Bark Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Peppermint) Leaf Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Origanum Majorana (Marjoram) Leaf Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Litsea Cubeba (May Chang) Fruit Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Bud Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (White Thyme) Oil, Citral*, Eugenol*, Citronellol*, Limonene*, Linalool*
*Natural constituents of essential oils.
** Organic ingredient free from: Petrochemicals, Sulphates, Parabens, Phthalates, Glycols, PEGs, DEAs, Synthetic Polymers, Synthetic Fragrance or Colours, Palm Oil or Animal Ingredients.
As you can see it’s all natural, vegan, and just truly amazing. I would highly recommend this to anyone that suffers from chronic stress, depression, or is an athlete!
Bodhi & Birch have set up the discount code ‘GREENS‘ for 15% off your order.
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