The original christmas gifts
According to the biblical book of Matthew, the Three Wise Men "opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh," (2:11). As it goes, they followed the star they saw in the East to reach the baby Jesus and worship him. After worshipping and presenting their three gifts that night, they gave the baby a far more precious gift. Instead of returning to King Herod with the baby's location as the king had ordered, they saved Jesus' life by keeping his location a secret. Wise men indeed.
As we continue the tradition of giving gifts during this time of year, let's remember the example of The Wise Men. The material gifts that they shared with Jesus certainly had symbolic meanings to be discussed, but the true value of the story is their willingness to be obedient to God. From following the bright star in the night's sky to accepting the dream that occurred to them about King Herod, those three men remained in tune with God. If King Herod was willing to kill innocent babies in hopes of possibly killing the one that was Jesus, what do you think he would have done to the Three Wise Men who disobeyed his order? Still, they cared less about their own safety than they did the safety of baby Jesus. They put themselves in harm's way for someone else. What a truly selfless gift.
This gift to Jesus was considered a very precious metal, even during those days. It has been a form of currency for centuries. Hopefully Mary and Joseph were able to use the gold to finance their lives while they were on the run with their new baby. The Bible does not give us many details regarding this topic, but we do know that a currency like gold would have come in handy for them in Egypt.
Myrrh is a sap-like substance that comes from the bark of trees. According to Jennie Cohen of The History Channel, it is "extremely fragrant, particularly when burned." It is mentioned in the Bible's Old Testament long before the story of Jesus' birth. Typically myrrh is described biblically as an valuable spice, cosmetic ingredient for women, or precious balm.
Frankincense is similar to myrrh, in that it also is a sap-like substance that comes from trees primarily grown in Africa. It has been traded throughout the Middle East and North Africa for thousands of years. According to Live Science, Frankincense "made southern Arabia the richest place on Earth" for a period around 400 B. C. In aromatherapy, frankincense is used for these benefits just to name a few:
***to treat anxiety and boost confidence
***to minimize colds and coughs
***to diminish signs of aging
***to eliminate airborne bacteria
***to improve concentration and memory
The first time I smelled pure frankincense, I wondered how I had missed out on this beautiful oil for so many years! It smells so very clean, sweet, slightly fruity, with the appeal of a summer morning. For me, it is right up there with my favorite oils like jasmine, geranium, and lavender.
The leading oil in the following beautiful candle is frankincense. You should add it to your candle mix this holiday season and let me know what you think!
Boss Chic Candle
$9.00 - $16.00
Be unapologetically YOU with our Boss Chic Aromatherapy Candle! This is a handmade creation fragranced with bergamot, cedarwood, and frankincense essential oils. In aromatherapy, these oils have been known to reduce feelings of stress, clear the mind, and tap into confidence.
The soothing oil blend is known for its soft, verdure smell with a trace of an earthy aroma. Instead of overpowering you with a fragrance that "knocks you down" as you enter the room, this sweet candle burns slowly. It uplifts you. Get a much needed pat-on-the-back from this joyous blend produced with pure beeswax and ORGANIC coconut oil.
Burn Time: This candle burns 3 TO 5 TIMES LONGER than traditional candles!
(sold in a silver tin like the photograph)
I am Tara Armstead, high school English teacher and owner of Bodycare By Tara, LLC.