Frankincense and Myrrh, Ancient Remedies for Modern Times

 by Dana Taylor



Every child who ever attended Sunday school knows that the three wise men (aka The Magi named Balthasar, Gaspar, and Melchoir) brought presents of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the baby Jesus. If you knew you would be seeing the son of God, the savior of the world, what would you bring as an appropriate gift? Certainly it would be something highly valuable. Today, gold would still be in the running, not to mention diamonds, and the latest electronic gadget. Why did the wise men two thousand years ago chose frankincense and myrrh? What are they exactly and what made them so valuable?

Frankincense and myrrh are essential oils.  Frankincense is distilled from the Boswellia tree that grows in Somalia, Oman, and Yemen. Myrrh, comes from the commiphora myrrha tree also found in the rocky soils of the mid east and Africa. Both are gum resins derived from the sticky sap of the trees.

For some 5,000 years pack animals and ships ventured across Asia, Africa, and Europe on thriving trade routes to disperse frankincense and myrrh throughout the ancient world. References to both religious and medicinal uses are recorded in historical accounts. The Greek historian, Herodotus, cites their usage in Egyptian animal sacrifices and human mummy preservation. African societies have burned frankincense for centuries to ward off illness. Science is now supporting the idea that it works as an insect repellant against the mosquitos that carry tropical diseases.

The most valuable knowledge to modern man may be in the medicinal uses of them as time-honored remedies. Frankincense is high in several therapeutic chemical constituents, including sesquiterpenes, known to stimulate the limbic system of the brain. It appears to have a balancing affect on the hormone-producing glands of the brain–the hypothalamus, pineal, and pituitary. Thus, frankincense is known for its mood uplifting benefits.

 Frankincense is a master essential oil and used to treat a wide range of ailments including immune disorders, chronic diseases, and tumors. Maladies associated with frankincense include infections, ulcerative colitis, osteoarthritis, and even cancer. It is on the GRAS list (Generally Regarded as Safe) and can be ingested in very limited amounts. Check with the manufacturer to make sure it stands behind any internal use their product.

Myrrh is thicker and stickier than frankincense and became widely used for skin care in ancient times. Egyptian traders survived the harsh Arabian deserts by placing cones of fat laced with essential oils on their heads that melted during the day and gave their skin a protective coating. Myrrh served as a sunscreen and is being rediscovered today for its beautifying properties. Today it can be found in toothpastes, skin creams, and ointments for natural skin care. Chinese medicine cites benefits to the circulatory system and female disorders.

Essential oils can be utilized in a variety of ways:

  • Neat application–a few drops applied straight from the bottle to the skin. Place either on an area of concern, or infuse into the system by rubbing onto the bottom of the feet, most effectively after a bath or shower.
  • Diluted–Mixed with a carrier oil such as avocado, sesame, or olive, essential oils are massaged on the back or affected area.
  • Diffused–Released into the air by using a mechanical diffuser, the essential oils are gently inhaled and absorbed through the lungs.

So the next time you hear about the three wise men following that bright star across the Holy Lands to Bethlehem, take a moment to realize how gratified Mary and Joseph must have been to receive such precious gifts. In choosing gold, frankincense, and myrrh as presents for the baby Jesus, the Magi revealed great wisdom indeed for offering gifts of great value to honor the newborn King.


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What’s So Special About Essential Oils?

mintFirst, what exactly are essential oils? Think of them as the life blood of plants. Modern science is backing up the ancient wisdom of distilling the oils from plants for a wide variety of health benefits.  The Three Wise Men of the Bible presented essential oil gifts of frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus because their value was highly esteemed in the days of the Roman Empire.

Today we’re breaking essential oils down to their molecular compounds and discovering a wealth of healing power. Take peppermint, for example. Sure, it tastes good in gum and candy, but it is a remarkable multiuse essential oil. Peppermint contains the following chemical constituents: Menthol, Menthone, Terpene oxides, cineole and, coumarins. If you follow the links, you’ll see an amazing array of healing benefits such as anti-septic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and invigorating.

peppermintEssential oils are packed with energy. Not only do they infuse healing compounds, they also deliver an infusion of pure energy. Look at this Hertz energy table comparison:


Processed Foods 0 Hz


Fresh Produce up to 15 Hz


Dry Herbs 20-22 Hz


Fresh herbs 20-27 Hz


Essential Oils 52-320 Hz

Peppermint oil has an energy frequency of 78, which is also the optimum frequency rate for a healthy human being. When a person drops in rate below 60, the body develops diseases. Here are the rates for illness:


Cold symptoms 58 Hz


Flu symptoms 57 Hz


Cancer 42 Hz

Essential oils are special because they not only deliver powerful healing compounds, they also raise the energetic frequency of the individual. Whether inhaled, applied topically, or in some cases, ingested, essential oils lift the body to healthier energy levels.

Peppermint oil is a favorite for its many benefits.

  • Aids digestion and relieves nausea: Soothe indigestion with a drop in a glass of water. Feeling nauseous? Rub a couple of drops in your palms and inhale the fumes. Excellent for immediate post-op recovery from anesthesia.
  • Muscle relief: Feeling tense? Rub on shoulders or back for a “massage in a bottle.” Can be diluted in a carrier oil.
  • Headache: Put a couple of drops on your forehead and temples. (Don’t get too close to the eyes. The fumes can make them water.)
  • Swelling (knees, ankles, etc.): Rub on area to release blockages.

Learn more about the benefit of mint at this article from Balance Me Beautiful.

Here’s a helpful chart highlighting topical use of essential oils.


Explore the benefits of essential oils to promote vibrate health. Read more about all the products available at Young Living Essential Oils


Read about essential oils, energy healing and more in Ever-Flowing Streams


Battle germs with essential oils

REVISED: January 2020
Something is definitely in the air, and I’m not talking about L-O-V-E. The coronavirus is front pages news right now. Seems a good time to revisit some commonsense ways a family can protect themselves from viruses circling the globe. The human immune system has a marvelous capacity to attack and overcome viral and bacterial invasions everyday. No need to panic. Just be smart. Use good basic hygiene. Always wash hands after public exposure and wear a face mask if the flu is reported in your area. If someone is ill in your home, keep a bowl of water and bleach standing. Always dip your hands in the solution after being in the sick room. Here are my go-to essential oils. My family has used Young Living Essential Oils since the early 1990’s. There are probably other good brands on the market, but Young Living has served us well.
Protect your family with some basic products.

Young Living Essential Oils  

Essential oils can be your secret weapon against all the nasties in the air. Why? They kill viruses and bacteria; boost the immune system; energize the body. Young Living is the trusted brand I’ve been using for twenty years. Here are two basic products that should be in every medicine cabinet.
Purification is a citronella and melaleuca based blend that enhances the body’s natural immune system. It has a pleasant smell and can be applied before heading out into crowds. Rub it on the neck and hands. A couple drops in bath water adds a therapeutic boost to the cleansing process. Use daily and especially at the first sign of illness. See Product Details. I keep Purification in my purse at all times. When I fly, I always rub some drops on my neck and hands to ward off contagion from fellow travelers. It is also healing to insect bites and scrapes,
 Thieves is a “hotter” blend that contains clove and cinnamon oil. The blend is named for robbers of dead bodies during the Black Plague in Europe. According to legend, the thieves could strip corpses of valuables and not fall ill themselves. After they were arrested, they revealed themselves as perfumers who knew the protective power of essential oils. The Young Living product is based on that centuries-old formula. Pleasantly pungent, Thieves delivers the one-two punch to germs. Rubbing on the bottom of feet infuses the whole system with healing properties.  Product details.
Peppermint Oil is an excellent oil to keep on hand. Rubbed onto sore muscles, it tingles and relaxes the area. A drop in the palm of the hands and then cupped under the nose, opens stuffy air passages. A drop in the navel combats nausea, as does inhalation of fumes. It freshens and cleans the air of a musty room. Product details
Essential oils can be used on small children. If there is a sensation of burning, apply some hand lotion to dilute. Rubbing oils onto the bottom of feet after a shower will deliver the benefits to the whole body. Oils can also be used in diffusers or simply inhaled by placing some drops in the palm of the hand and inhaling the fumes.
If you don’t know a Young Living distributor in your area, you can order products using my Dana Taylor membership number 57763 at Young Living
Do yourself and your family a favor and learn about the benefits of essential oils.