And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11).
The three Magis’ gifts to the infant Jesus: gold, frankincense, and myrrh, were not only valuable gifts, but also symbolic ones. Gold of course was a very kingly gift, frankincense was incense commonly offered to gods, and myrrh was an embalming herb. The three gifts represent Jesus’ role as a divine, yet mortal king while He was on earth.
Interestingly enough, these gifts are still significant today. Frankincense and myrhh are precious and powerful oils that are great to have in your essential oils collection. (Gold is pretty nice too, but that’s outside our area of expertise 😉 .)
Frankincense’s (Boswellia carteri) scent is earthy and spicy, and it has wonderful healing properties!
According to Pompeii Organics, Frankincense fights pain and inflammation. It helps regenerate skin cells, making it great for scars. With its mucous-ridding and bacteria-killing properties, it’s helpful for treating colds and clearing respiratory passages. It also strengthens the immune system.
Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha), according to the Aromatic Wisdom Institute, is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antifungal. It helps relieve pain and regenerate the skin. It decongests and warms the body, making it perfect for respiratory issues.
Myrrh is usually non-toxic and non-irritating, but I do caution pregnant and breastfeeding mothers to avoid it, as its chemical components can be toxic to infants.
Have you ever tried either of these fantastic oils? Let us know in the comments! If you are interested in trying one, send us an email or give us a call. We want to hear from you!
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