From the ancient times, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh have shown a great value through their own nature. Unfortunately, most people know only little about these elements and so let’s have a deep look on them. Here are the 5 things which I think everyone should know!
1. Religious Origins
Matthew’s Gospel second chapter brings out us that the Magi presented three gifts to newly born child Jesus. As three gifts are mentioned in the story, traditionally we believe that there were three Magi as Balthasar, Gaspar and Melchior and the gifts were gold, myrrh and frankincense. These three gifts had a symbolic meaning and as well as they likely had a realistic purpose particularly in the flight into Egypt and return to Nazareth.
The Gold means a gift for a King which symbolizes Jesus’ kingship and Frankincense was used by priests as incense, so it symbolizes Jesus’ priesthood. In embalming the dead, Myrrh was used and so it symbolically indicates that Jesus was also born to die. So we can see that simply these three elements, Gold, frankincense and myrrh represent Royalty, Divinity, and Mortality. Also the gold is well known as an unchangeable metal, it is compared to the genuine faith.
2. Gold: Worthy, Beauty and Strong
Gold is a chemical element with an atomic number of 79. It is a soft, dense, shiny, ductile and malleable metal. Pure gold without oxidized in air or water, it has a very bright yellow color with an attractive gleam. Chemically, gold is considered as a transition metal and it is one of the minimum reactive solid elements. Gold is one of the few metals that will not lose any of its features such as its color, nature, weight or any other properties when heated to a high temperature with fire.
Gold was considered as a beneficial for health in the medieval times as the belief of it was very rare. Also some modern forms of alternative medicine and modern esotericists consign the metallic gold an excellent healing power.
Gold is very valuable in the today’s market and it has a highly demand in the commercial world. So the value of the Gold is always increasing since last few years and it has become an investment method of the modern economy.
3. Myrrh as an Ancient Cure
Myrrh is a fragrant oleoresin of genre Commiphora which is a number of tiny, prickly tree species grow in stony, dry soil. An oleoresin is a natural combine of an important resin and an essential oil. Myrrh oleoresin is considered as a natural gum as well.
Myrrh is used commonly in Unani and Ayurveda medicine, which assign rejuvenative and tonic properties to this resin by using many “rasayana” formulas in Ayurveda. Also “non rasayana” myrrh is contraindicated when stomach pain or kidney dysfunction is perceptible and for pregnant women and women who have extreme uterine bleeding. Also it is considered as one of the greatest essences for the treatments of nervous system disorders, rheumatic complaints and circulatory problems.
In conventional Chinese medicine, myrrh is considered as a neutral temperature element which is spicy and bitter. It is well known as an extraordinary efficacy on the liver, spleen meridians, heart and as well as “blood conveying” powers to cleanse inert blood from the uterus. Therefore it is recommended for circulatory, rheumatic and arthritic problems and for uterine tumors such as amenorrhea, menopause and dysmenorrhea.
4. Frankincense as an Ancient Cure
Frankincense is also called as Olibanum and it is an aromatic resin gained from Boswellia genus trees, mainly by Boswellia sacra. Boswellia has four main species which produce frankincense and all the types of resin are available in a variety of grades which depend on many conditions.
Frankincense resin is safe to eat and frequently used in a variety of traditional medicines in Asian region for diseased skin and digestion. Frankincense must be cleaned before the consumption, meaning it must be transparent and should not have any brown or black impurities. It is normally light yellow colored with a slight tint of green. It is also can be chewed like gum, but little bit stickier as it is a resin.
In Ayurvedic medicine, Frankincense named as “Boswellia serrata” and it is usually referred to as “dhoopan” in Ayurveda. It has been used for thousands of years for treating the arthritis, strengthening the female hormone system, cleansing the atmosphere from undesirable bacterial and healing wounds. In the Asian culture, it is believed that burning some frankincense every day in the house conveys good health to the inhabitants. Though they have done it with a superstitious belief, the scientific evidences proves that burning frankincense keeps away the mosquitoes and also helps protect us from mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Malaria.
5. Use of Myrrh and Frankincense in the Modern World
Myrrh is used as an antibacterial in gargles, toothpastes and mouthwashes for treatment and prevention of the gum diseases in the modern dentistry. Myrrh is presently used in many ointments which can be applied to scratches and slight skin diseases. It also has been recommended as a painkiller for toothaches and to use as a cream for sprains, bruises and aches.
The frankincense’s essential oil is produced by steam distillation of the natural resin and its chemical elements are sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes, monoterpenoles, ketones and sesquiterpenols. It has a sweet fragrance and good balsamic with a smell which is very fresh. So Frankincense is used in perfumes and incense.
Olibanum or Frankincense is categorized by a slightly lemon, fragrance of incense and balsamic spicy with an undertone which slightly looks like conifer. It is used in the pharmaceuticals, perfumes and cosmetics industries.
Latest experimentation results are proving that frankincense is very effective in the treatments for chronic diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Osteoarthritis and Crohn’s disease.