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Magical and Medicinal: Frankincense and Myrrh

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Magical and Medicinal: Frankincense and Myrrh

No matter your faith or form of seasonal celebration, you’ve most likely noticed frankincense and myrrh resins, incense and essential oils start to pop up this time of year.

Many first heard of these resins through the story of the Three Wise Men (Magi) and their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh at Jesus’s birth; thus the connection to Christmas time.

While it may be easy to understand gold being a precious gift, in truth, frankincense and myrrh’s value far outweighs that of gold and extends far beyond biblical lore. These plants are healing on an emotional, physical and spiritual level and more than simply symbols of the season.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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11:07AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Noted, thank you!

6:31PM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

I think the Wise men gave these gifts so Mary & Joseph would have things with which they could barter in order to be able to go into Egypt and into hiding when needed, not for Mary to use personally. I love these spicy scents -- very sensual and relaxing.

2:48AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Sandalwood does much the same - breath in - ahh - breath out - smile

6:54AM PDT on May 27, 2013

That's amazing frankincense ;D I just found a new great info about at

3:41PM PDT on May 10, 2012

I use frankincense and myrrh in the form of oil-dipped incense sticks. Yes, their aroma is calming. Thank you.

4:36AM PDT on Mar 31, 2012

Thanks for the info.

6:23AM PST on Dec 16, 2011


7:32PM PST on Dec 14, 2011

Thanks for the information.

4:18AM PST on Dec 14, 2011


11:47PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

IF both Frankinscense and Myrrh were both used for medicinal Purposes for 5000 years and today's warming or Word of Caution reads "do not use during Pregnancy"; then the Wise men were not very Wise. Why would they have given two things considered dangerous to Mary, Jesus' mother? Something does not sound right here. Hmmmm maybe they were to help Joseph relieve himself from gas. LOL Anybody have any "intelligent" answers?

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