Many first heard of these resins through the story of the Three Wise Men (Magi) and their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh in the Nativity story in the Bible. Gold is a symbol of divinity. It is a precious gift and a valuable currency. Frankincense and myrrh’s value are spiritually priceless compared to that of gold and extend far beyond biblical lore. They are rare and expensive gifts symbolizing divine kingship—frankincense to declare Jesus’ role as a rabbi, and myrrh to represent his suffering and death.
The Magi knew these resins were more than just aromatic compounds. Frankincense and myrrh are known for their spiritual benefits; protection, purification, and raising spiritual vibration. The burning of dry resins have a woodsy, spicy fragrance. It is synonymous with religious ceremony around the world and is commonly used in meditation practices today. It is often thought that the smoke from the burning resin symbolized prayers rising upwards, towards the heavens. The healing aroma brings light to uncertainty while connecting us with our sense of spirituality, stillness and oneness.
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