What would a prepper do with the gifts from the Magi?

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We probably all know that the three wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, and most probably know that frankincense was traditionally used for incense or perfume and myrrh was used as an anointing oil for embalming purposes. But what would you do with them today?

Gold is obvious as it has the same use today as it did then and I’m sure every prepper has their own dreams of what they would use it for; it’s the other two which are shrouded in mystery and/or confusion. Both are tree resins and are still used today in many traditional remedies which I won’t go into as I don’t have any personal experience of them.

However, we can use them as essential oils.

Frankincense has an uplifting effect and can aid concentration. Emotionally, it is very good for muddled heads. It is often used as an expectorant to ease the symptoms of coughs and colds, bronchitis and laryngitis. Use it in inhalations, in the bath, in massage or in an oil burner. It is also reputed to preserve youthful skin and I recently found a recipe online for a night cream which uses the oil alongside rose hip and carrot oils. I’ve yet to try it but anecdotal evidence says it works well. It’s also reputed to help with insomnia.

Myrrh is likewise an expectorant and is also anti-inflammatory. It’s good for digestive problems, mouth and throat infections and also for skin conditions such as eczema. Use it in the same way as for frankincense.

I once made toothpaste on a herbal course: the recipe is

1 tablespoon of sage

1 teaspoon of salt

5 drops of myrrh

Use a pestle and mortar to grind the sage and salt together, add the myrrh and mix well. Use a toothbrush to apply, but do not swallow. Maybe not one for the kids.

For massages or baths, the two oils blend well together, or frankincense goes well with basil or sandalwood. Myrrh has a cooling effect and blends well with lavender or camphor.

I’ve seen frankincense with benzoin, (in a bath or as a massage), recommended as beneficial for asthma – but I am not a professional, so use this, and any recommendations above, with caution. This is what I do, but you should use your own judgement. However, you may wish to experiment with these oils now to discover how useful you think they may be to you in an uncertain future.


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