Frank and Myrrh resins are obtained from the sap of the Boswellia and Commiphora trees, respectively. Many ancient cultures used Frankincense and Myrrh during their religious ceremonies. Both fragrances are highly aromatic with frankincense producing a sweet citrus scent and myrrh producing a bitter herbal scent.
To release the scent, both resins need to burned as incense or smoldered over a charcoal tablet.
History and Origin of Frankincense:
Frankincense was considered sacred and was traded in Middle East, Europe and Africa for over 6,000 years due to its medicinal and spiritual properties. It was worth it more than gold. It is also known in Arabic as Olibanum. Most frankincense comes from North Africa and India, Oman, Yemen, and West Africa. The use of frankincense in religious ceremonies was used in Greece, Rome and Egypt as an offering to the deities but with the rise of Christianity the used diminished and became forbidden for being associated with paganism until it became included as part of the religious ceremonies of the Catholic Church. Frankincense was also used as an offering in memory of the deceased and to mask the odor the dead bodies. The Egyptian started using Frankincense during the embalming process of the dead bodies. The smoke produced by the resins was also used to repel insects an mosquitos. This golden resin was mentioned in the Bible during the birth of Christ. At the time that Jesus was born, it was said that the three wise men brought frankincense, myrrh and gold as a gift.
History and Origin of Myrrh:
Myrrh comes from Somalia, Oman, Yemen, Eritrea, Ethiopia and parts of Saudi Arabia. The origin of the root of the word myrrh comes from the Arabic language meaning “bitter” . Myrrh has been highly used in Ayurveda for its healing qualities.
Similar to Frankincense, Ancient Egyptian used Myrrh for the embalming of mummies and it was also mentioned in the Bible as a perfume, incense, as ingredient of the Sacred anointing oil and used in the temple service.
The metaphysical qualities of Frank and Myrrh:
Frankincense is used for consecration during Spiritual ceremonies. It is widely used in Paganism to cleanse and consecrate tools, crystals, celebrate the new and full moon and aid with visualization. It’s sweet qualities are helpful during meditation, divination, inner healing and spiritual ceremonies. The scent promotes peace and it is also believe to promote positive vibes.
Myrrh has traditionally been used to purify. It is believed that it promotes peace and facilitates the communication with Spiritual guides, supports healing work and is added to other incense blend to intensify the properties of the other resins.
Typically, it is burned with frankincense or other resins and not by itself.
Uses of Frank and Myrrh:
Use the smoke to meditate, visualize or during divination. Add to your favorite carrier oil to create an anointing oil for candles or rituals. Burn to repel insects. To cleanse crystals and charms with the smoke produced by the incense. Grind to anoint candles. Fill a mojo bag with herbs, charms, stones and frank and myrrh. Mix with Rose hips and sprinkle around the home to promote peace and harmony and guard against evil. Add white sage leaves to the incense mixture and use it for a deep cleansing or to Spiritual Cleanse yourself. Mixed with herbs, flower and barks to create your own incense. Add to organza bag with herbal mixture to promote healing, protection or cleansing.
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