The Origins of Frankincense

By The Spiritual Explorer

Dear Spiritual Explorer: I notice you have Frankincense Deluxe Incense. What makes it deluxe? Roseanne B., Los Angeles, CA


Frankincense Deluxe Incense

Dear Roseanne: Of course you have heard frankincense together with myrrh and gold was one of the gifts given to Jesus upon his birth. These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense and myrrh as anointing oil. Many believe that the number of gifts is what led to the tradition of the Three Wise Men. Nevertheless, this particular derivation of frankincense in Frankincense Deluxe Incense originates from a special tree with just the right climate whose resin becomes this highly prized frankincense. The lighter colored the sap of the frankincense incense, the more valued it is, and only a few places in the world have the requisite climate to produce this highly valued frankincense.

A very special massage therapist tells me that she now utilizes the oil of frankincense when massaging her cancer patients. Frankincense is not only beneficial to the tissues where it is absorbed into the body, but actually has a very calming effect on the nerves. Frankincense is also thought to be highly beneficial when it is rubbed into the feet or other extremities of the body. Researchers at various universities have found that frankincense has an active ingredient that helps relieve arthritis by inhibiting the inflammation that breaks down cartilage tissue and causes arthritis pain.

What is the history of frankincense incense? We find many references to the use of frankincense in particular in the scriptures. It was described in the ceremonial words which Moses imparted to the Israelites in the book of Exodus. “Take unto thee spices of sweet savor and the clearest frankincense and when thee has beaten all into very small powder, thou shall set of it before the Tabernacle.” It is also mentioned in the Psalms by various prophets and of course in the Gospel account of the birth of Christ. What was most interesting in my research was that frankincense was actually used before the mention of it in the New Testament, so Hebrews and Christians apparently used it alike. This is fascinating since so many people have always considered it Christian incense because of the Three Wise Men.

I just love frankincense’s woodsy pine and lemon scent. I don’t know if it’s because of the spiritual origins, but whenever I burn some frankincense I swear my meditations are deeper and more profound. I do know that the scent of frankincense somehow clarifies the air also.

Try your Frankincense Deluxe Incense; you won’t be disappointed.

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