Essential oils have been used for thousands of years by different cultures for a wide range of religious ceremonies. Although many oils have been used in these rituals, there are two that are particularly prolific: Frankincense and Myrrh.
For many people, Frankincense and Myrrh are recognizable from their appearance in the Christian Bible. They were two of the three gifts that the Magi brought the infant Jesus (the third was gold). But why did they bring their Messiah these two oils over the many others that exist? And why did they think they were equivalent to gold? Although we may not know exactly why these oils were chosen, let’s discover why these oils were and continue to be, two of the best oils to have in any essential oil collection.
Frankincense is used as a disinfectant to ward off germs and disease (this was a widely used method in ancient times). It’s also used during meditation to help reduce anxiety. Myrrh retains many of the same benefits as Frankincense, and is phenomenal for treating skin conditions such as eczema and athlete’s foot. It’s also particularly beneficial this time of year, in that it helps the body release excess sweat, which is helpful for detox. Both of these oils are helpful in aiding digestion and may potentially boost the immune system.
Since both of these oils are so nourishing to the mind and body, I thought it would be nice to combine them into a body butter that helps replenish skin during these cold and dry winter months. I recommend using this before bed to help evoke positive energy, and relax the body and spirit. Or you can bottle it in a lovely jar with a nice little ribbon as an excellent gift for someone you cherish.
Frankly Myrraculous Body Butter
- 15 g. Shea Butter
- 15 g. Cocoa Butter
- 10-15 g. Coconut Carrier Oil
- 1 tsp. Almond Carrier Oil
- 5-7 drops Frankincense Essential Oil
- 5-7 drops Myrrh Essential Oil
Bring some water to a boil in a saucepan over low to medium heat. Add Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Coconut Oil to a glass jar and place in saucepan to melt. Stir occasionally. This should take approx. 5-10 minutes. Once the mixture is completely melted, add Almond Oil and stir. Remove jar from saucepan and add essential oils one drop at a time. Stir to distribute evenly. Make sure lid is tightly secured. Dry jar and place in the refrigerator to set. Store in the refrigerator or a cool place to maintain thick and creamy consistency.
*For informational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.