Ever wonder why frankincense and myrrh are associated with Christmas? Just what, exactly is it, and why was it so valuable?
|Frankincense, resin from the Bowsellia tree.|
Frankincense, as well as myrrh, are the aromatic resins, or solidified sap from trees. It was burned as offerings in the early Hebrew temples and because of the distance it had to travel on the trade routes, was considered almost worth its weight in gold.
But burning frankincense and myrrh as incense (slightly akin to burning stacks of $100 bills today) wasn't the primary use. Both frankincense and myrrh have proven antiseptic and inflammatory properties. They were once considered remedies for everything from leprosy to toothaches, and very helpful in caring for newborn infants because of the antiseptic properties. The ancient Egyptians used great amounts of both resins for use in insect repellents, facial treatments, salves for wounds and sores. They also used myrrh in their embalming practices.
|Myrrh "tears', hardened gum resin from the Commiphora tree.|
|Frankincense and Myrrh Incense Kit|
We also offer a wonderful Frankincense and Myrrh Kit which includes a packet of each gum resin, special easy-light charcoal tablets, a ceramic tile and complete instructions, all boxed in a keepsake wooden treasure chest. Click here to see and order. We ship the day following receipt of your order.
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