Frankincense and Myrrh Resin go wayyyyyy back as an ancient medicinal and ritualistic resin spanning many different cultures over time.
The aromatic trees are still thriving in many countries to this day.
Frankincense comes from the Genus Boswellia. Myrrh comes from the genus Commiphora.
Ritualistically Egyptians, Greeks, Jews, and Romans thought that the rising smoke and aroma was pleasing to the Gods. Jewish beings regularly would offer these resins in the Temple in Jerusalem.
Popularly gifted around Christmas as it was a gift from the 3 Magi!
Liquid Myrrh (which you can make with these resins) was used as an anointing oil.
It is said that Ancient people’s actually used these resins as a flavoring agent for their food!
Copal Resin: this resin has a fascinating history as well. Traditionally used by the Myans, Aztecs, and Mexicans (during a day of the Dead), and all over Mesoamerica.
Copal is a resin derived from many types of trees interestingly enough and resembles fossilized Amber. Mmmmm Amber.
Has been used as an incense, varnishing agent, internal medicine, gluing agent, rituals, ceremonies, etc. Mayans believed Copal was helpful in treating “spiritual diseases” (fright, sadness, envy, grief)
So maybe you can see that these resins have been around and used all over the world all through time!
The part I found fascinating was the science. Burning all of these resins removes 68% of airborne bacteria! Also burning any of these Resins opens up ions in the brain to help relieve anxiety, stress, and depression.
Especially said to be helpful before bed to help relieve insomnia.
Good to know as I would burn these resins around bedtime for the children as a night night ritual.
To burn these resins you might want charcoal discs and a tiny torch. Place the charcoal disc onto something like a mini cauldron, a stone wear plate, basically anything that won’t break, melt, or burn. Those charcoals get very very hot! After the charcoal is lit place a pinch of resin on top (this is when I add my prayers or intention for burning it) and allow the smoke to lift. Maybe crack a window if you don’t like a lot of smoke!
I won’t cover any of the ingestion directions for these resins as that gets complicated. But feel free to look into it or consult an herbalist! The information of its internal and wound healing properties are pretty informative and might be helpful if used appropriately.
These Resins would be a lovely gift (especially Frankincense and Myrrh during Xmas) a house warming present, birth of a new child, someone who might be ill, etc.