Editorial – Winter 2019
In the biblical story, the three kings brought offering to the new born Jesus; gold, myrrh and frankincense. Interwoven with their religious traditions these three substances were always also considered as medicines. They were precious then, and are increasingly becoming medicinally precious now.
*Holy Incense or Frankincense is a resin that is collected from the Boswellia tree. The fumigation of Frankincense has since ancient times served the purpose of clearing and detoxifying the air. It is traditionally used in the treatment of affections of the skin, for inflammatory rheumatism, for respiratory- and gastrointestinal complaints.
The homeopathic remedy of Holy Incense, ‘Olibanum sacrum’ is also indicated for certain types of joint and skin complaints. It is a remedy of mediation, of responsibility, of grief, loss and farewell, of peace and harmony, and also of blame and pleasing.
*Myrrh is the resin from the bark of trees of the Commiphora genus. It’s medicinal properties include anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is a wound healer, can protect from infection and can sooth inflammation. It has been found useful in treating cough, congestion, gingivitis haemorrhoids, asthma, indigestion and rheumatoid arthritis.
‘Myrrha’ the homeopathic remedy has themes of withdrawal, betrayal, violence. There is sadness, repressed anger, and an almost biblical guilt. These individuals have high ideals and hence can have an extreme form of perfectionism living up to these ideals.
* Going beyond its use as decorative jewelry, Gold is particularly used in medicinal practice today in nano-particulate form. In the late 18th century, Gold was used in the form of ‘Chrysotherapy’ that had been found effective for the reduction of bacterial growth in various diseases, for example tuberculosis. As nano-particles, Gold today, aids in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and in the detection of HIV.
‘Aurum metallicum’, the homeopathic remedy of Gold, has the themes of loathing life, being suicidal, self-destructive and is therefore indicated as treatment for extreme forms of sadness, despair and depression. Egoism & pride, duty & responsibility are key characteristics.
This Christmas, should you pass along a Christmas market or visit a church, and should the scent of Myrrh or Frankincense fill the air, take a moment and remember that this pleasant scent comes from a valuable remedies of old.
Frankincense and Myrrh connect Christmas back to its origins, all the way back to biblical times. These resins smell the same now as they did then.
For this festive season, from my home to yours, I wish you a peaceful, joyful time. Best of wishes for the festivities and the year ahead. May 2020 be a blessed, successful and happy year for you and yours.