The Significance of Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh

The Significance of  Gold, Frankincense  &  Myrrh

  • Gold was a gift which represented a King.
  • Frankincense was given in recognition of a priest and was used as spiritual oil for prayer
  • Myrrh represented an oil for death and embalming

The origins of the myrrh and frankincense trees are traced to the Arabian Peninsula. According to Herodotus (5th century BC): “Arabia is the only country which produces frankincense, myrrh, cassia and cinnamon…the trees bearing the frankincense are guarded by winged serpents of small size and various colours.”

Recently researchers discovered that Frankincense was used to treat arthritis as it inhibits the inflammation that breaks down cartilage in North Africa and Arabia.

Myrrh was widely used in the Ancient World. The Chinese valued it as a medicine, whilst the Egyptians used it for embalming their pharaohs as well as for their sun-worshipping rituals. In fact, myrrh was mentioned in the Ebers Papyrus, one of the oldest Egyptian medical texts, dating back to 1550 BC.5. Even the Greek soldiers made use of this resin, bringing it with them to battle to stop their wounds from bleeding.

Using the two oils together the properties are summed up as:

“One rectifies the blood and the other works with the qi  or (energy flow)”

“They work synergistically with each other effectively moving the qi and quickening the blood, dispelling stasis, encouraging free the flow of the viscera, bowels, and channels, stimulating the network vessels, reducing swelling, halting pain, and  constraining weeping sores and healing flesh.”

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