The beauty industry is a lucrative one. In fact, it’s worth a whopping $532 billion and is continuing to grow in an upward trajectory. However, there’s a dark side to it and the evidence can be found in your makeup bag.
Miles away in the district of Jharkhand, India lies a land filled with rich minerals buried underground. Also known as one of beauty industry’s most popular ingredients, mica is responsible for the shimmer in your eyeshadow and highlighter.
However, it’s costing an arm and leg to retrieve it, literally. At the crack of dawn, children as young as 5 years old walk over 10 miles and descend deep into the ground to scour for mica.
We meet Sandeep who, like many others is struggling to walk. At just 32, he has the knees of an 80-year-old. That’s because he’s been working as a mica miner since the tender age of 5.
As a matter of fact, this is the fate of all the children living in the village of Jharkhand. Kids abandon education for shovels as they dive deep underground to scavenge for mica.
The repercussions are serious as most of them lose their ability to walk due to damaged knees by the average age of 14. This is the result of child labour – the norm of India. Not only is it the cheapest option but their tiny physiques also make them better miners.
Only they can squeeze through small and narrow pits.With no other means of income, they are forced to continue slaving in dangerous mines for pennies of what the industry makes for shimmery makeup.
Child labour in India has been making waves online ever since NBC uncovered the dark truth behind the glitz and glam of the makeup industry. In light of that, a team of medical volunteers decided to lend a helping hand.
As many as 1,000 people were in desperate need of medical treatment but being an NGO, they lacked the funding to help them all. However, as luck may have it, among the volunteers was Dr. Fawcett, a specialist in the treatment of joints.
Having spent the past 3 years doing research on ancient Egyptians’ remedies, he was confident that ancient medicine far surpasses modern technology. After all, for millenniums, hard labour has been used throughout the world.
In fact, the creation of some of the wonders of the world were built on hard labour. The Great Wall of China and the Great Pyramid of Giza just to name a few. Surely, these labourers experience physical hardships that come with manual work which raised the age-old question: How did ancient people treat pain without access to technology?
This sparked a sudden realization in the team of doctors. There’s a similarity between the Indians working in the mines today and the ancient Egyptians in building the Pyramids back then.
So, they decided to delve into the oldest and most extensive records of Egyptian medical history (also known as Ebers Papyrus) and finally discovered something truly incredible.
Since the beginning of time, ancient Egyptians have always been big on natural ways to heal the body. The manuscript even revealed some 700 magical formulas and folk remedies to heal all kinds of pains and illnesses naturally.
As it turns out, frankincense, willow bark and ginger topped the list for healing all pains. Though they all have pain relieving properties, individually, they are special in their own way.
According to the manuscript, frankincense was said to reduce swelling whereas willow bark was used as an anti-inflammatory treatment. On the other hand, ginger was known to improve joint mobility and increase strength.
This gave them the idea to fuse all 3 of these ingredients into a knee patch and that’s how the Ebers Plaster™ was born.
The mining conditions in Jharkhand is an occupational hazard. As miners descend deep into the ground to scour for mica, they’re forced to curl themselves up just to fit in tiny holes.As a result, they hurt their knees through prolonged kneeling and squatting coupled with lifting heavy tons of mica which puts additional pressure on their knees. Eventually, their knees give in and they end up losing their ability to walk.That’s where the Ebers Plaster™ comes into play. Specially designed in a shape of a butterfly, the patch stretches to allow for maximum coverage over your entire knee.Once applied, the goodness of the Egyptian herbs penetrates deep into your knee joint where you can experience a warming sensation lasting up to 12 hours. The continuous heat works by soothing and healing the damaged tissues in your knee as well as increasing blood flow and stimulating heat receptors to relieve pain. Over time, your knees will be fully restored allowing you to walk painlessly again.Confident that this newfound treatment is the way to go, the team of medical volunteers treated all the injured miners with the Ebers Plaster™. Much to their surprise, the patch turned out to be everything they could’ve imagined and MORE!Not long after, Sandeep’s knees regained their strength and before they knew it, Sandeep was on his feet again. The pain in his knees subsided which made walking and working long hours possible again thanks to Ebers Plaster™.Ever since word got out that ancient Egyptian medicine was used in curing Indian miners, it has garnered worldwide attention especially amongst doctors and medical scientists. So much so that extensive research has been conducted to develop more ground-breaking cures. One that hopefully leads to the cure for cancer. The medical world now concedes that prehistoric medicine is no longer a myth.Ancient medicine has been long overlooked by Western science but truth is, ancient wisdom transcends modern technology. Dr. Fawcett believes that ancient treatments will revolutionize the world of medicine as we know it. After all, it has already begun in the case of miners in India. So, just imagine what it could do for the rest of the world.