Kokichi Mikimoto, the person responsible for the popularity of the cultured pearl, is reputed to have swallowed two pearls every day from the age of twenty until his death to maintain and improve his health. Mikimoto not only knew women would love to wear pearls, but that we would smear them on our faces and ingest them!
The Chinese have used pearls medicinally for thousands of years. According to Chinese history, artists in the Tang Dynasty began using powdered pearl on their faces before they put on their stage makeup. This practice began to spread like wildfire and soon it reached high society. The Empress Dowager of the Ching Dynasty began taking pearl powder internally, along with applying it to the skin on her face. The alleged result: improved complexion, softer skin, and a more youthful appearance!
After a little research on which pearl powders are available to us today I came across a product called Levigated Pearl Powder.
“Levigated” refers to the technique used to produce the powder. First they take a whole pearl and grind it in water using a circular motion. The very fine powder will eventually become suspended in the water. The suspended powder is then separated from the water and the remaining solids are left to be ground even further until they reach the desired consistency. This process also separates the center impurity (the irritant that started the pearl) from the actual pearl powder. The solution with extracted pearl in suspension is left to settle so the pearl will deposit at the bottom. The deposited pearl is then dried. This “levigated pearl powder” is almost nano-sized and is very easy for the human body to absorb.
Levigated pearl powder is considered a very powerful Shen stabilizer. It is said to relieve uneasiness, nervousness, anxiety and tension. It also claims to promote sound sleep, prevent nerve-disorders and nerve weakness, and is commonly used to prevent or overcome fatigue. Sounds like something we could all use a little more of!