The wise men seem to have lived up to their name, for frankincense – one of the three gifts they brought to the infant Jesus, along with gold and myrrh – is proving to be even more useful and valuable than ever. An aromatic resin from the deciduous Boswellia sacra tree of the desert woodlands of Ethiopia, northern Somalia, southern Yemen, and the foggy mountainous regions of southern Oman, it has been harvested for thousands of years. It has long been known to rejuvenate skin, aid digestion and relieve muscle pain and arthritis, and scientists have recently discovered that it contains an agent that causes cancer cells to shut down. But the Boswellia sacra is declining due to overgrazing and changes in land use, and now features on the IUCN Red List as a near-threatened species.
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Healthy people in a healthy environment
Good health and well-being require a clean and harmonious environment where physical, psycho - logical, social and aesthetic factors are all given their due importance. These factors are affected by actions and choices which can secure considerable health benefits. The environment is thus not only important for its own sake, but as a resource for better living conditions and well-being.
- What we’ve agreed: the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Millennium Development Goals
- Green savings
- What young people want
- Water – the key to life
- The air we breathe
- Safer, quieter towns and cities of the future – reclaiming the streets
- Active, healthy lifestyles
- Making energy sustainable
- On the safe side
- Listen to our voices – the Bandung Declaration
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