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Frankincense, one of the offerings of the Magi along with Gold and Myrrh, has long been used for its sacred and healing attributes. It is produced from the resin of African and Middle Eastern trees and has been burned as incense in rituals from ancient through to modern times because it slows breathing and can elevate the mind.
Gold is considered the ultimate in precious metals, perhaps the most valuable substance of all. Aurum, its Latin name, means Dawn of the Sun. Many ancient cultures have worshiped the sun and gold’s bright color associated it with divinity, royalty and good fortune. So it is not surprising that, along with frankincense and myrrh, it appears in the story of the Wise Men honoring the birth of the King of Kings.
Myrrh, one of the three gifts of the Wise Men, has been used since ancient times. Like frankincense, another offering of the Magi, it comes from the sap of trees found in North Africa and Persia. It has long been valued for its fragrance and its many healing properties.
As Thanksgiving 2021 approaches, it’s a great time to explore the abundance and value provided by herbs. Herbal medicine has been the go to source for healing all ailments until very recently in human history. Aside from therapeutic and aromatic uses, herbs have culinary, decorative, cosmetic and practical household uses as well.