Gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh
In ancient times, gold, frankincense and myrrh were standard gifts fit for a king: gold as the most precious of all metals, frankincense as the most pleasing aromatic incense and myrrh as the most holy anointing oil. Interestingly, frankincense and myrrh are Chinese herbs that have been used for thousands of years as analgesics that treat pain, bleeding, and physical trauma.
These herbs are considered "foreign" herbs in the Chinese Materia Medica, as they were introduced to China by military doctors that used them in conjunction with bone setting techniques. In combination, frankincense and myrrh have a synergistic effect to quickly and effectively reduce pain and act as an analgesic prior to and after surgery. Frankincense has more of an affinity for vascular pain, while myrrh has more of an affinity for muscular pain.
The spiritual significance of these herbs is to connect transcend the human body in both directions- frankincense evokes a priestly nature that connects with Heaven, while myrrh evokes the earthly nature that connects with death, embalming, and, by extension, rebirth. To evoke this energy supports peace, tranquility, clarity, and spiritual awareness at this time of year.
In Chinese medicine, frankincense and myrrh are in the same functional category as turmeric and safflower, which are found in Abbé Tea Company's Relieve Tea. All of these herbs Regulate the Blood and Invigorate the Blood, which means that they stop pain by promoting the movement of Qi and resolving constraint. The theory in Chinese medicine is that where there is blockage there is pain. By facilitating the free flow of Qi, these herbs clear the blockage, resolve pain, and restore normal function.
Relieve Tea is a comforting organic herbal tea designed to boost circulation and ease the mind, body, and spirit to soothe pain at all levels. The turmeric in Relieve Tea is powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic that eases pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other inflammatory diseases. The safflower in Relieve Tea promotes the free flow of blood, prevents blood clotting, reduces menstrual cramps. Add in cinnamon and chocolate and red rose petals, and this blend is bound to uplift your mood!
Make an easy, aromatic, seasonal pot-pourri to fill your home with peace and tranquility this holiday season. Simply fill your nearly empty Relieve Tea jar with pine cones, dried leaves, and dried citrus fruit such as orange or lemon. Add frankincense and myrrh essential oils, plus orris root powder fixative. Shake well and seal for a few weeks, shaking every few days. Display on your hearth or altar with an offering of golden-colored turmeric, and enjoy your own gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh!