I thought this would be a perfect time to put together a post on frankincense and myrrh, although I have to admit that, other than a reference to them in the story of The Three Wise Men, I knew little about them. I knew I loved the smell of a frankincense and myrrh Zum bar of soap someone gave me years ago, but it wasn’t until recently that I was even aware that boswellia and frankincense were the same thing.
Anyway, there’s a lot more to this dynamic duo than just a great scent. Yes, those two wise men were definitely on to something good, as Nick Polizzi of The Sacred Science reveals in this article …..
(photo credit: curejoy.com)
Frankincense and Myrrh Still a Wise Gift of Health
……Boswellia herb is always in my home. I will often buy the ingestible powder at my local apothecary Rebecca’s in Boulder Colorado. I grind it in my coffee grinder for 5 seconds, and then encapsulate the finely ground powder. You can certainly buy commercially-prepared brands of this, you don’t have to hand-create it like me!
Boswellia has been studied and found to prevent the growth of certain types of cancers in ‘test tube’ studies. In 2009, researchers examined AKBA or “acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid” and found positive benefits. This is not the first study to suggest anti-cancer properties. The results of another study proved that frankincense oil could help with bladder cancer. The researchers concluded, “Frankincense oil might represent an alternative intra-vesical agent for bladder cancer treatment.”
Now, it’s time for myrrh which is another resin extracted from the Commiphora myrrha tree. Research confirms the presence of guggulsterones in myrrh which may help with cholesterol ratios, specifically by lowering LDL. Guggulsterones are blood thinners so be careful and don’t combine with aspirin, NSAIDs, warfarin or other blood thinners. One more thing, pregnant women should avoid myrrh, since it’s a uterine stimulant.
Most of the time that people talk about myrrh, they are referring to a topical form used to soothe your skin and help with gingivitis. So profound is myrrh’s ability to heal damaged tissues, Greek soldiers carried it into battle with them to use for skin infections and gangrene. Myrrh is a strong anti-bacterial, anti parasitic and anti-fungal. If you want to take it internally, you can look for herbal extracts, like the one made by Herb Pharm. Just like it’s relative frankincense, myrrh also possesses strong anti-cancer properties. A Chinese test tube study published in 2013, found that “cycloartane-type triterpernoids” could destroy prostate cancer cells. Pretty impressive! In fact, just inhaling the scent of pure frankincense or myrrh can cause your brain and heart to respond favorably. Centuries may go by, but it’s clear that frankincense and myrrh are still a wise gift of health. For a nice sampler package of frankincense and myrrh oils, soap, bath salts and more, take a look at my favorite *Zum brand. My friend gave me this as a gift and I just love it.
Now, if you want to see how I use these 2 impressive herbs in my own life, watch this short video:
*Interesting that she mentions the same brand that got me hooked on the frankincense/myrrh smell combination years ago. I have continued to buy the soap, but didn’t realize there was a sampler package, so I immediately went on-line to check it out and found the best price at iHerb.com, one of my favorite places to shop (use code CJG192, if you’re a new customer, and you’ll get money off your first order). Can’t wait to try all the different products, plus it’s a nice little holiday gift to myself. 🙂
Want to know more about how frankincense can help with oral health, cancer and the effects of chemotherapy, colds and flu, stress reduction, pain and inflammation, digestive problems, hormone balancing, deeper sleep, and skin health, including acne, sagging and scars? Check out this article by Dr. Josh Axe:
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