The Kings’ oils past and present
As I was sitting in a church for my daughter holiday Ceremony of Carols, I felt my heart fluttering and my eyes filled with tears of joy. I was in awe with all these beautiful voices sharing the holiday spirit. It reminded me of the previous day, when I heard about the kings’ oils history. Some of you may know that I started working as an independent consultant using doTERRA essential oils not so long ago. I did learned and experienced a good deal since using these oils for almost a year now, but it never occurred to me to read about the oils’ history. So as the holiday approached, I thought it would be fun to investigate frankincense and myrrh and share my new knowledge with you today.
Everyone who is a little bit familiar with Christianity knows that the wise men gave frankincense and myrrh to the Christ alongside with gold. Both frankincense and myrrh are derived from the gummy sap that oozes out of the Boswellia and Commiphora trees, respectively, when their bark is cut. These resins are used in traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and, of course, in aromatherapy.
Myrrh’ scientific name is commiphora myrraha. Historically, myrrh was used as incense in religious rituals and as a cure for cancer. It has anti infectious, antiseptic, analgesic and anti –inflammatory properties. It is recognized to help with certain skin conditions, oral health and is said to be uplifting. Myrrh and frankincense were prized commodities in ancient time.
Arabia was the center of the lucrative spice trade route between 1000 and 400 BC. During that time frankincense was the biggest commodity, bringing great wealth to this county. In Europe, during the great Plague, houses and workplaces in London were fumigated daily and frankincense was among the aromatics used to fight the disease.
Frankincense essential oil is described from some as “God in a bottle”. When in doubt, use frankincense some say, as it is very versatile. It is an oil that blends with all oils, which is rare to find. I personally use it in conjunction with other oils as to enhance their benefits. It is said to have anticancer and antidepressant properties and is an immune stimulant. This is why I add it to the bottom of my feet when dealing with a cold.
Both oils can also affect our emotions, something we don’t necessarily think about when using oil aromatically to heal ourselves. Emotionally, Myrrh Oil is grounding and helps to mellow out the emotions whereas frankincense helps to create emotional balance, concentration and both are said to enhance spiritual awareness and meditation. Both aromatics blend well together. I invite you to try them before meditating, aromatically or topically on the bottom of your feet. With all these properties, no wonder why this was such a prized gift for this newborn called Jesus. Hope you will too, appreciate these two oils. Let me know how you use them!