As we come out of the Christmas season, we’ve been reminded of the Biblical stories of essential oils given to the Christ child. But have you ever wondered, why these gifts? Here are some ideas on why these oil gifts were chosen and their importance for today.
We recall the story of the three wise men bringing gifts to the Christ child which included Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. Frankincense and Myrrh were considered oils of royalty. In ancient times, Frankincense was highly regarded for its healing and spiritually uplifting qualities. Today, Frankincense has been studied for its value to support the immune system. Many people find that this oil enhances their meditation practice.
Myrrh essential oil was valued for its purification as described in the Book of Esther. Known as reddish tears, it was used by midwives of the day to aid in the delivery of the baby. In modern day, myrrh oil is a wonderful oil to bring balance to our body. Myrrh is often added in lotions to support healthy skin care.
Another resin/essential oil used in Biblical times was Balsam. In some areas of the world, Balsam is referred to as liquid gold. So, some theorize that the gold given to the Christ child may have been balsam oil or resin. This also was known as a royal essential oil. Today, we know that Balsam has benefits to the immune system and supports the respiratory system.
When they opened up King Tut’s tomb in 1922, the jewels and other belongings were intact but the essential oils were stolen. However, the vessels that held these oils still had the resins remaining. When these resins were tested, guess what they found? Frankincense, Myrrh and Balsam!
As in ancient times, these 3 essential oils are highly respected today for their healing qualities. Consider diffusing one or more of these oils for relaxation in your office or home area. Frankincense if very uplifting and Balsam has a Christmas tree aroma.
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