Uses and Benefits of Frankincense Are you using essential oils? There is a catch 22 when it comes to essential oils. This has kept me out of it for a very long time. You see, if you depend on them they are very hard to emulate. I was also unaware of how many of the …
Most of us are familiar with the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh that the wise men brought to young Jesus. However, have you ever thought about why the wise men might have brought those particular gifts in honor of Christ?
While the gift of gold was likely given to honor the divinity of Christ as Emmanuel (meaning “God with us”), there were likely physical, emotional and spiritual reasons why the wise men also brought frankincense and myrrh.
Today, we also can benefit from these oils.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)*
Frankincense essential oil is steam distilled from the gum resin of a tree. Traditionally, this resin was burned in religious ceremonies and was an ingredient in the holy incense burned as an offering to God. Frankincense is referenced more than 50 times in the Bible, and it was considered to be a holy oil in the Middle East.
Role of Frankincense in the Biblical Christmas Story
Because frankincense symbolized holiness and righteousness, during Biblical times, the gift of frankincense to Jesus symbolized His willingness to become a holy sacrifice for the sins of the world.
Frankincense essential oil exhibits many potential health benefits for a variety of conditions, including allergies, asthma, coughs, diarrhea, headaches, scarring, ulcers, warts and wrinkles.
Frankincense may help to improve emotional balance, increase resistance to stress and tension, and may also help to improve one’s attitude. Frankincense also may help those with mild depression.
How to Use
Frankincense oil can be applied to the bottoms of the feet, directly applied to the area of concern, diffused in a diffuser, or taken internally as a dietary supplement (for those over the age of six years).
Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra), found only in modern-day Oman, is considered by many to be the most highly valued variety of frankincense on Earth. Experts believe that this is likely the variety of frankincense that was given as a gift at Christ’s birth.
Biblical References to Frankincense
Exodus 30:34; Leviticus 2:1, 2, 15, 16; 5:11; 6:15; 24:7, Numbers 5:15; Matthew 2:11; and Revelation 18:13.
Myrrh Essential Oil (Commiphora myrrha)*
In the ancient world, myrrh was highly prized as one of the most costly items in the world. Myrrh is extracted from a tree in the same fashion as frankincense. It was traditionally used as a spice, in religious rituals, for embalming applications, and for a number of health conditions such as leprosy.
The Role of Myrrh in the Christmas Story
In Biblical times, myrrh symbolized bitterness, suffering and affliction. As a gift for Jesus, it symbolized the fact that He would suffer greatly and would ultimately sacrifice His life to bring eternal life to a lost world.
Myrrh essential oil also exhibits many potential health benefits, including for allergies (skin), athlete’s foot, chapped/cracked skin, coughs, diarrhea, eczema, stretch marks and ulcers.
Myrrh essential oil also may help to promote improvement in mood and emotions.
How to Use
Myrrh essential oil can be applied to the bottoms of the feet or applied directly to the area of concern. It may be taken orally as a supplement by those over the age of six years, and must be used with caution if taken during pregnancy.
Biblical References to Myrrh
Genesis 37:25, 43:11; Exodus 30:23; Esther 2:12; Psalms 45:8; Proverbs 7:17; Song of Solomon 1:13, 3:6, 4:6, 4:14, 5:1, 5:15, 5:13; Matthew 2:11; Mark 15:23; John 19:39
*Some words of caution: This information is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or treat any particular health condition. Always seek the guidance of a qualified health practitioner to determine if these or other essential oils are right for your individual health condition(s), and those of your children and loved ones.
How do you use frankincense and myrrh? Share your tips in the section below
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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