Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

By Valerie Lull, MH

People who are familiar with the Christmas story recognize these items as the gifts of the Magi to the Christ Child. They were rare and valuable commodities in ancient times. They are more readily available today. Did you know that all three of these items have health benefits?

Gold has many uses in modern medicine. It is used in surgery  for damaged nerves, bones and blood vessels. It is used for treating several cancers, it is used to clear coronary arteries and it is used for arthritis treatment. Gold is used for regenerating sluggish organs, improving mental and emotional problems. It is reported to promote increased energy and libido.

Boswellia, which is what the ancients called Frankincense is used extensively in modern herbal medicine. It is a tree or shrub that produces a resin. This can be distilled into an essential oil that is antiseptic, disinfectant, carminative, diuretic, expectorant, tonic and a dozen other things. It is used in folk remedies for immune issues, oral health, astringent properties, female problems, digestion, anti-aging, as a tonic, a diuretic, and more.

Myrrh is also a resin that also comes from trees. Myrrh oil has been used for centuries by ancient cultures as well as modern ones. Myrrh resin and oil have been valued historically for its wound healing qualities. It is also valued for use on the skin, especially chapped skin. Myrrh oil is also used in perfumes and is used by  aromatherapists as a massage oil. It can be used as a mouthwash, and in creams and lotions.

As the holidays continue I want to wish everyone who reads my blog a  happy holiday season, and best wishes for the new year. May it be filled with joy, love, peace and happiness.

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I am a master herbalist and I write a blog about general health and wellness. I discuss herbs, natural remedies and nutrition.

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