Sunday, February 21, 2010
THE THREE GIFTS
Have you ever wondered why the three wise men brought Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold to the holy child?
Consider this Ancient Wisdom…
Imagine ancient Biblical times, when essential oils were the primary source of medicine used to prevent infection, disease and plague, aiding headache, grief, and depression; supporting healthy pregnancy, childbirth and lifelong wellness as well as easing death.
Imagine King Tut’s tomb with all its riches, containing ornate alabaster vessels of essential oils sealed with fat, still viable and potent after thousands of years… how’s that for shelf life?
Even more interesting, researchers now believe that “Gold” was Oil of Balsam, often called “gold” in biblical times for its beautiful color.
In our lifetime, infection fighting essential oils have often been eclipsed by modern medicine, so much so that most people know little of them. Yet lavender was used to prevent gangrene in wounded solders during the last world war. And oils were used during the great plagues of Europe to loot and steal from the dead and dying… though the robbers didn’t contract the plague… they did die of other causes once apprehended. ;) With resistant staff infection a growing concern today, thankfully, science is again taking a fresh look at essential oils.
Here are a few highlights of these precious healing oils and the rich chemistry that they offer: (© Essential Oil Desk Reference, Essential Science Publishing)
FRANKINCENSE (Boswellia carteri)
Historical Data: Also known as "olibanum," or "Oil from Lebanon" the name frankincense is derived from the Medieval French word for "real incense." Frankincense is considered the "holy anointing oil" in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It was well known during the time of Christ for its anointing and healing powers and was one of the gifts given to Christ at His birth. "Used to treat every conceivable ill known to man," frankincense was valued more than gold during ancient times, and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it.” It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, Ebers Papyrus (dating from sixteenth century BC) an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes. (“Universal Healer Oil”)
Medical Properties: Antitumoral, immuno-stimulant, antidepressant, muscle relaxing.
USES: Depression, cancer, respiratory infections, inflammation, immune-stimulating.
Fragrant Influence: Increases spiritual awareness, promotes meditation, improves attitude and uplifts spirits. Frankincense contains sesquiterpenes which stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of memory and emotions) and the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. The hypothalamus is the master gland of the human body, producing many vital hormones including thyroid and growth hormone.
Bible References: There are over 52 references to frankincense (considering that "incense" is translated from the Hebrew/Greek "frankincense" and is referring to the same oil).
Exodus 30:34—"And the Lord said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight:
"Leviticus 2:1—"And when any will offer a meat offering unto the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon:
"Leviticus 2:2—"And he shall bring it to Aaron's sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord:"
MYRRH (Commiphora myrrha)
Historical Data: It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, Ebers Papyrus (dating from sixteenth century BC) an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes. The Arabian people used myrrh for many skin conditions, such as chapped and cracked skin and wrinkles. It was listed in Hildegard's Medicine, a compilation of early German medicines by highly-regarded Benedictine herbalist Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179). (Revered during childbirth to prevent infection for mother and child.)
Medical Properties: Powerful antioxidant, antitumoral, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antiparasitic, analgesic/ anesthetic
USES: Diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, fungal infections (Candida, ringworm, eczema), tooth/gum infections, skin conditions (chapped, cracked, wrinkles, stretch marks)
Fragrant Influence: Promotes spiritual awareness and is uplifting. It contains sesquiterpenes which stimulate the limbic system of the brain (the center of memory and emotions) and the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands. The hypothalamus is the master gland of the human body, producing many vital hormones including thyroid and growth hormone.
Genesis 37:25—"And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and behold, a company of Ishmelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt."
Genesis 43:11—"And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds."
Exodus 30:23—"Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon half so much, even two hundred and fifty shekels, and of sweet calamus two hundred and fifty shekels."
“GOLD” Balsam Fir (Abies balsamea)
Historical Data: The fir tree—a tree commonly used as a Christmas tree today—has been prized through the ages for its medicinal effects and ability to heal respiratory conditions and muscular and rheumatic pain.
Medical Properties: Anticoagulant, anti-inflammatory
USES: Throat/lung/sinus infections, fatigue. arthritis, rheumatism, urinary tract infections, scoliosis/lumbago/sciatica, reduces cortisol (death hormone) production.
Fragrant Influence: Grounding, stimulating to the mind, and relaxing to the body.
Samuel 6:5—"And David and all the house of Israel played before the Lord on all manner of [instruments made of] fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals."1
Kings 5:8—"And Hiram sent to Solomon, saying, I have considered the things which thou sentest to me for: [and] I will do all thy desire concerning timber of cedar, and concerning timber of fir."1
Kings 5:10—"So Hiram gave Solomon cedar trees and fir trees [according to] all his desire."
These oils may be purchased separately or within the 12 Oils of Ancient Scriptures Kit from Young Living. If you do not have an account, talk with the person who introduced you to these oils, or go to http://watertiger.younglivingworld.com/ to order. Please be assured that essential oils commercially available at natural food and bath shops had little if any therapeutic value to them.
Healing Oils of the Bible, by David Steward, PhD.
Essential Oil Desk Reference, 4th Edition, Essential Science Publishing. www.essentialscience.net
* Therapeutic grade essential oils from Young Living are suitable and appropriate for the above applications. They are approved by the FDA as “GRAS” and for use as a dietary supplement.
EO’s from bath shops and natural foods stores are often perfume grade, thus may not yield therapeutic