Tradition teaches us that the wise men from the east (the magi) presented three gifts to honour the royalty of infant Jesus – a bar of gold, frankincense perfume and myrrh oil.
Are these gifts still precious today? Let’s take a look.
Gold is associated with Kings. Today, gold sells at $41, 910 per kilogram.
Myrrh is a sap-like substance, that comes from a tree called Commiphora myrrha, common in Africa or the Middle East. Myrrh is botanically related to Frankincense. Myrrh is a perfume that is put on dead bodies to make them smell nice and showed that Jesus would suffer and die. In Medicine, Myrrh is applied directly to the mouth for soreness and swelling, inflamed gums (gingivitis), loose teeth, canker sores, bad breath, and chapped lips. It is also used topically for haemorrhoids, bedsores, wounds, abrasions, and boils. In foods and beverages, myrrh is used as a flavoring component.
Maintaining healthy skin is one of myrrh oil’s renowned uses, as it slows down the signs of aging and soothes cracked or chapped skin. This is why it’s commonly added to many skin care products today.
Frankincense, sometimes referred to as olibanum, is a common type of essential oil used in aromatherapy that can offer a variety of health benefits, including helping relieve chronic stress and anxiety, antiseptic and cleaning uses, great skin care, hormone balancing, reducing pain and inflammation, boosting immunity and even potentially helping to fight cancer.
Read why Dr Axe wrote about Frankincense here.