Gifts of Healing and Health

Matt. 2:1-12

There are many theories of the meaning and symbolism for why the wise men brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh as gifts to the baby Jesus. All three gifts were typical offerings and gifts given to a king. Gold as a valuable, frankincense as a perfume, and myrrh commonly used as an anointing oil. Others suggest the three gifts had a spiritual meaning: gold as a symbol of kingship on earth, frankincense as an incense offering to a gold-frankincense-myrrhGod, and myrrh as an embalming oil, a symbolic gift of mortality and death.

There’s another line of thought that has been suggested by scholars that the “gifts” were for health and healing reasons rather than as expensive offerings as a sign of respect or allegiance. That’s what I want to consider in this blog post.

There are fourteen principal essential oils in the Bible. These oils are the vital fluids of plants, considered their life blood. They are called “essential” because they are necessary for the life of the plant and contain the “essence” of the plant. Essential oils contain life force, intelligence, and vibrational energy that gives them healing power in people.

What we know scientifically is that essential oils contain three unique ingredients which have the intelligence and capability of cleansing receptor sites in our cells, erasing incorrect information in the DNA or cellular memory, and reprogramming the correct information into the cellular intelligence. In this way, essential oils can actually correct the cause of a disease at the cellular level and facilitate a permanent, and sometimes, instantaneous healing.

That’s what caught my attention: instantaneous healing. I’ve always wondered how Jesus could have been considered fully human if he had the magic power to heal people instantaneously. The use of essential oils as healing agents was so common in biblical days that a writer wouldn’t feel the need to explain the details of their use. (Common in the sense of doctors today who have specialized knowledge of what medicines to prescribe.) Maybe Jesus used effective natural agents in his healing ministry.

Because essential oil molecules are so small, they are also aromatic, releasing molecules into the air that can be breathed in. That’s why they were and are used in perfumes and embalming fluids. What’s important about the aromatic factor is that the nose is wired differently than the other four senses. It carries molecules directly into the emotional center of the brain where traumatic memories are stored and that essential oils are a vehicle by which repressed emotions can be released.

Smell is a powerful instigator of memory and aromas can bring a calming effect to people in emotionally stressful situations. The ancient people of the Holy Land used aromatic oils for every purpose from maintaining wellness, to physical healing, to enhancement of spiritual states in worship, to emotional cleansing, to purification and prevention of disease.

Frankincense comes from a gum-resin from the trunks and limbs of a desert tree. Egyptian tradition considered frankincense to be a universal cure-all. In the Old Testament, Aaron stopped a plague using an incense containing frankincense.[1] Fumigation was one of the ways that Biblical people made use of essential oils as antibacterials, not implying that they understood the scientific reason it worked.

The Israelites used it as a holy anointing oil, to enhance meditation and elevate spiritual consciousness, to assist people in the transition of death, for embalming, and as perfume. Frankincense was also used to anoint or rub on the newborn sons of kings and priests. Mary and Joseph would have understood that this oil was good for almost anything from cuts and bruises to the common cold. They would have understood it as a gift for them to use throughout the infancy of Jesus to help protect him and keep him strong and healthy.

Frankincense continues to be used today as a healing agent. One of its chemical components (monoterpenes) reprograms cellular memory to promote permanent healing. It helps maintain normal cellular regeneration; it’s used to treat cancer, depression, allergies, headaches, bronchitis, herpes, tonsillitis, typhoid, warts, brain damage, massive head injuries, stimulates body’s production of white corpuscles (builds immunity), expectorant. It’s used in commercial fragrances like Old Spice™ (Shulton), Cinnabar™ and youth Dew™ (Estee Lauder).

Myrrh is the most frequently mentioned oil of the Bible, 156 times. Myrrh is also a gum resin from a desert tree of the same family as frankincense and the Balm of Gilead. Mary would have appreciated the gift of myrrh from the wise men knowing that it was also meant for her and not just the baby.

Myrrh had several uses for pregnant mothers in ancient times, but Mary would have known that she could rub it on her abdomen and remove the stretch marks from her pregnancy. She and Joseph would also have known that myrrh was to be rubbed on the umbilical cord of the newborn child to promote healing and prevent infection.

Myrrh was also used in ancient times for skin conditions, oral hygiene, embalming, and as an insect repellent. Today myrrh is used as an antiseptic, balancing to thyroid and endocrine system, supports immune system, to fight bronchitis, and various diseases. Specific chemicals in myrrh deprogram miswritten information on the DNA at a cellular level, thus promoting permanent healings. Myrrh is still used as a fixative agent to extend the fragrances of other perfumes. [2]

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     Wise men brought gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh—gifts that would feed, clothe, shelter, and provide protection for health and healing to the newborn king.

Hmmmm. I wonder what a wise person might offer in the service of his or her king today – especially knowing that the Anointed One lives in every person?

UPDATE: Click on this link to read a brief follow-up post with a new theory about the gold of the Magi.


[1] Numbers 16:46-50.

[2] From Healing Oils of the Bible by David Stewart, Care Publications, 2003-2007

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2 Responses to Gifts of Healing and Health

  1. Marilyn Saum says:

    I print your online articles and read them later. That way I can take my time and enjoy them more.
    This one had a lot of meaning because I received a box containing frankincense and myrrh for Christmas.
    I now feel the giver gave me a box of healing and health.
    Thank you for the insight into the gift I was given.
    Joy! Marilyn 🙂

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