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Growing up, I remembered listening to the Christmas story and the presents the clever males introduced. I puzzled what the importance of frankincense and myrrh have been. Gold appeared apparent, however I used to be curious in regards to the objective of the opposite two presents.
After I began finding out natural treatments and found how frankincense and myrrh have been historically used, I noticed these presents have been truly much more sensible than the gold.
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
Myrrh was used throughout ancient times (and nonetheless is) in anointing oils. This unique resin is of course anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, antimicrobial, and antiviral. It was used on wounds to push back an infection and was typically used on the umbilical wire to maintain it clear whereas therapeutic. Myrrh was additionally stated to assist soothe the feelings and may have been used on babies to calm them.
Frankincense was utilized in perfumes and was additionally useful for bettering hormone stability (like after being pregnant). It was traditionally used to assuage pores and skin wounds and stretch marks. Some say it was utilized in conventional cultures to calm mother and child after start. As the infant grew, it was used to assist them keep calm and relaxed. A 2019 animal study backs this up with its findings that Frankincense important oil helps cut back stress ranges.
Frankincense was additionally stated to assist digestive problems. According to a 2020 review, researchers discovered frankincense helped with irritation and eczema. There are actually deeper non secular meanings to take from the presents, however in addition they served a sensible objective.
In fashionable instances, frankincense and myrrh are sometimes utilized in pure treatments. Many embrace them in DIY moisturizing pores and skin lotions. I exploit frankincense on this face cream. You may additionally incorporate these oils into different skincare concoctions, like physique butter or lip balm.
A Gift From Afar…
I used to be utilizing diluted frankincense on my thyroid externally and wished a neater solution to apply it. I instantly considered a lotion bar. With Christmas approaching, it is a enjoyable solution to mix the three presents of the Magi into one lotion bar. The end result smells woodsy and wonderful and leaves a faint gold shimmer on the pores and skin.
It is ideal for winter, straightforward for newbies, and a lot enjoyable to make. If you want some DIY gift ideas, attempt a few of these frankincense, gold, and myrrh lotion bars (they make good stocking stuffers too!).
Lotion Bar Supplies
This home made lotion bar recipe is straightforward to make with all-natural substances. We don’t even want preservatives since there’s no water in it. However, you may add some vitamin E oil to forestall the oils from oxidizing and prolong the shelf life.
- Shea Butter – Rich in nutritional vitamins A and E, shea butter reduces irritation and joint ache. It reportedly smooths pores and skin and helps with wonderful strains and wrinkles.
- Coconut Oil – This oil simply melts into the pores and skin however is strong at room temperature. It helps give the lotion bars their form whereas hydrating the pores and skin.
- Beeswax – Helps so as to add a protecting layer to the pores and skin and retains the lotion bars agency.
- Gold Mica Powder (for shade and shimmer)
- Frankincense Essential Oil
- Myrrh Essential Oil
Optional: Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils. Lavender is calming and stress-free. Its floral scent mixes properly with the woodsy scent of frankincense and myrrh. Peppermint is refreshing and invigorating for a pleasant pick-me-up.
Tip for Using Lotion Bars
If you haven’t used a lotion bar earlier than, it’s principally laborious lotion. If your own home is absolutely chilly, the bars could seem actually laborious at first. You could discover the lotion bars troublesome to use, however right here’s a tip. Gently press the lotion bar onto your pores and skin and let your physique temperature heat it up first. Once it begins to soften it is going to glide on extra simply.
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Lotion Bars Recipe
These woodsy smelling lotion bars are nice for moisturizing and soothing pores and skin.
Yield: 3 lotion bars
Melt the shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in a double boiler.
Remove the oils from the warmth and then add the mica powder and important oils.
Pour the combination into empty deodorant containers, lotion bar tubes, or silicone molds. Put them within the fridge and let cool till fully hardened.
If utilizing a mould, put the lotion bars within the freezer for about 10 minutes. This makes them a lot simpler to come out. Don’t go away them within the freezer too lengthy although or it is going to negatively have an effect on the feel.
Shelf life and storage: Store in a cool, darkish place away from direct gentle and warmth. This recipe ought to final for one yr or extra when saved appropriately
Have you ever tried utilizing gold, frankincense, and myrrh in a recipe earlier than? Share beneath!
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- Okano, S., Honda, Y., Kodama, T., & Kimura, M. (2019). The Effects of Frankincense Essential Oil on Stress in Rats. Journal of oleo science, 68(10), 1003–1009.
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