Rare Gifts- Frankincense and Myrrh
Frankincense and myrrh are two aromatic resins (a sticky sap like substance) with a rich history of use for both medicinal and spiritual purposes. As someone who values living a healthy lifestyle, I have turned to using essential oils to address potential health concerns and have learned a lot about the plants and their various uses, benefits, and precautions. These two oils are among my favorites, and I will do my best to share a brief overview of them and their history.
Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is a resin extracted from the Boswellia tree native to the Arabian Peninsula and the Horn of Africa. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine and religious ceremonies and is known for its calming and uplifting effects. When I use it topically, those around me often comment on how wonderful I smell.
Myrrh, on the other hand, is a resin obtained from the Commiphora tree native to the Middle East and parts of Africa. It has a slightly bitter taste and a strong, pungent smell, and has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. I apply this topically on my skin for wrinkle prevention or for skin irritations.
Frankincense and myrrh have long been prized for their pleasing scent and healing properties, and were often gifted to those of royal status. Today, they are commonly used in aromatherapy to promote relaxation and stress relief. I personally use them in a diffuser to fill my home with their beautiful scents and also apply them topically for their anti-inflammatory and wound-healing properties.
While frankincense and myrrh have been studied for their potential health benefits, it is important to note that not all essential oils, from varying brands, are created equal. As I use my oils for therapeutic purposes, I prioritize the purity of the oil above all else. If you're interested in learning more about where I get my DoTerra oils, you can visit my website at the link below.