Elsie & Fleur

Frankincense and myrrh were used for embalming and incense in ancient times. In traditional Chinese medicine myrrh was applied to treat wounds too.

  • Frankincense was used as an anti-inflammatory in Ayurvedic medicine, which is a form of alternative medicine native to the Indian subcontinent.
  • Today both are used in aromatherapy. Frankincense is soothing as it helps slow down breathing.
  • The spices have spiritual links too. Frankincense is burned in churches during prayer and myrrh for meditation.
  • Lighting a little of each in an oil burner may help conjure up the smell, if not the spirit, of a very traditional Christmas.

Written by Capella Rew — December 18, 2013

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