- They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary,
and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure
chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. During
those times frankincense and myrrh was worth their weight in gold.
Many of this season's songs and stories feature two famous resins,
frankincense and myrrh, that have been used in spiritual ceremonies
and for their medicinal properties since ancient times. Frankincense
and myrrh are most commonly known in the Christian tradition for
their appearance in the New Testament of the Bible as gifts brought
by the Wise Men, or Magi, to Bethlehem. Frankincense has also been
discovered among ancient Egyptian remains. Both frankincense and
myrrh are gum resins that are extracted from shrub-like trees in
the Burseraceae family, which grow in dry climates across parts
of Asia and Africa, including India, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia
and Somalia. Since they are closely related, their healing characteristics
are fairly similar, with a few notable differences
The wise men from Arabia were actually being practical by giving
the baby Jesus precious, costly essential oils that could double
up as a potential medical remedy. Myrrh and frankincense essential
oils were valued above gold because of their ability to treat every
Frankincense is a white-colored resin from the Boswellia
tree species, which is often made into an essential oil. This oil
is often used as an overall health tonic, as it offers benefits
to all of the body's systems. One of its star functions is helping
the body to optimally absorb nutrients. Frankincense essential oil
has antiseptic and disinfectant properties, and may help boost your
immune system to more effectively ward off illness. It can be topically
applied to minor cuts and scrapes to protect against infections,
and it also functions as a coagulant to help wounds stop bleeding.
One ancient way of using frankincense to disinfect is to burn it
as an incense and rely on the cleansing properties of the smoke.
This essential oil promotes relaxation by helping to open airways
and reduce blood pressure, and is connected to feelings of mental
tranquility, making it an excellent oil to use for meditation or
a de-stress massage.
use of frankincense combined with regular meditation could be very
helpful in decreasing anxiety. To get the sweet, earthy aromatherapy
circulating throughout your meditation space, put a few drops of
the oil in a diffuser, or burn in an incense holder.Other benefits
associated with frankincense include relieving indigestion, helping
to fade wrinkles and scars and reducing acne. It has also been used
traditionally to regulate menstrual cycles and aid with a variety
of menstruation-related issues.
Myrrh is a red-hued resin that hails from various species of the
Commiphora tree, and also often takes the form of an essential oil.
Its similarities to frankincense are many, including its sedative
properties and its benefits for use during meditation. Like frankincense,
myrrh also aids in digestion, can help fade scars, may strengthen
the immune system, has been traditionally used to regulate menses
and can be applied topically to disinfect wounds. It also helps
to ease respiratory trouble and may act as a decongestant.
has a characteristic that contracts the skin, and has therefore
been used to strengthen the gums and help prevent hair loss. It
also has fungicidal properties, and may be beneficial to skin ailments
such as athlete's foot, eczema and ringworm. Myrrh can also help
relieve chapped skin, stimulates blood circulation throughout the
body, and can be used during the course of a detox, as it increases
sweat to rid the body of toxins. When purchasing essential oils,
it is very important that you choose a quality, therapeutic-grade
variety. If the oil that you choose is less-than-quality, the benefits
may be severely compromised - or non-existent - and you may be introducing
unwanted chemicals into your body. If you are going to be using
essential oils internally, be sure that the oil is also food-grade,
and that you talk to a naturopathic practitioner before beginning,
as essential oils are very potent.
and myrrh should not be used during pregnancy, and myrrh can be
toxic in excess, so be sure that you speak with a naturopath about
how much you need for specific functions, even topical applications.
When used safely and correctly, both frankincense and myrrh essential
oils can do your body and mind a world of good, and are very fitting
for the holiday season.
I get my Frankincense
Myrrh neuropathy essential oil for pain relief from amazon, it works
for me. I
am told that the results may vary from person to person. I cannot
recommend anything to anyone as I am not a doctor. Anyone using
prescription drugs should consult their doctor before using natural
herbs and oils. Bless you! Dr. Donald Gibson
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