Just in time, Frankincense and Myrrh...
The last month was difficult, after I stopped taking the NSAID's. I stumbled upon the name 'Boswellia' here on curezone, and decided to investigate...
Date: 8/20/2012 5:55:35 PM ( 11 y ) ... viewed 7074 times
A while has passed now, almost two months since the affliction to my hip. After I had 'wrestled with an angel of God', as my friend put it.
With fluctuating pain levels and emotions roller-coasting, I had hit an particularly low on Friday evening when I lost the plot, almost hobbled to the hospital in the rain, realising that I just might take the whole unused prescription of Tramadol and Arcoxib. I think my husband is still traumatised, and for that I feel deep regret and remorse. I think both of us are feeling slightly emotionally flat.
Another event occurred Friday: I received my tinctures of Frankincense (Boswellia) and Myrrh (Commiphora).
Having used nothing for the pain for about four weeks, I managed to obtain tinctures of Frankincense and Myrrh, to use for the anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects they offer, without the side effects of NSAIDs. Historically frankincense and myrrh were usually used together. Frankincinse to move the qi and myrrh to move the blood. A study was done recently on the effect of frankincense and myrrh in unison, and it was found that there is a greater effect of pathogen protection when these two resins are used together.
I try to keep to a dosage of 10 - 15 drops of tincture each, in a glass of wine or water with some vinegar, three times a day. Apparently the active compounds are better absorbed when taken with an acidic liquid, such as vinegar. I use apple cider. Just a dash. It does not taste particularly pleasant. I prefer taking the tincture in a jerepico. Apart from sharing anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties, each Frankincense and Myrrh has its own beautiful and particular character.
Since I had some frankincense tears I had kept for about 20 years now, I met this one of the duo first. I decided to try one of the little resin lumps, remembering my childhood when we use to eat the gum of a particular acasia tree...it was a delicacy. It felt ok. The taste - slightly bitter, perfumy with a top note of citrus. Now, after rolling the piece of frankincense resin about in the mouth for a while, I chew it carefully, and it changes to a gum - just like super market chewing gum. Is frankincense the mother of all chewing gum?
Fumigating with frankincense is a refreshing joy - I burn 3 - 4 small lumps at a time,no more, otherwise the smoke can be very consuming. In the 'olden days' women post-natally fumigated themselves and the newborn with frankincense smoke for 40 days. Personally it makes perfect sense: guarding against infectious diseases by strengthening the immune system of both mother and child and helping to prevent post-natal depression, due to its emotional uplifting effect.
My husband was NOT IMPRESSED with the cost of the little bottle of frankincense essential oil. It is definitely one of the more expensive oils, but well worth it, evident by its long history of use. I added a few drops frankincense to the oil I use to clean my face, and I can already see a positive effect. And I love the smell - it makes me feel like a feather.
Myrrh seems to be the more serious of the two and is associated with womens ailments, and bitter tears, hence the name. Myrrh is contra-indicated in cases of fever and excessive menses. Its medicinal use has long been documented, used in different disciplines of the healing arts. Today it is mostly used in mouthwash to combat gum problems. The resin of Myrrh is used to expel worms and parasites from the intestines, and I did see something suspect in my stool yesterday. Externally Myrrh was used on all types of skin ailments, from pussy wounds to haemorrhoids. Internally, it was used to treat chest complaints, digestive troubles and arthritic conditions. Myrrh is revered in Ayurveda as a detoxifyer and used to expel suppressed emotions. I can vouch for last mentioned action.
Myrrh also has a great reputation as a cosmetic. During the Egyptian Dynasties, Myrrh was not only used to keep the mummies looking good, the living also incorporated myrrh in their personal care routine. Oil of Myrrh or Myrrh by Deliquium was used topically to treat blemishes and wrinkles. This Oil of Myrrh by Deliquium is made in the most peculiar way. Several old pharmacological books describe this process to involve boiling an egg, cutting it in half, removing the yolk, and filling the cavities with powdered myrrh. The two halves are joined back together with string and set upon little sticks (toothpicks?) in a bowl. This egg filled with myrrh perched on little sticks set in a bowl is then placed in a cold damp place like the cellar. After some time, a liquid will run from the egg, being oil of Myrrh. I have to try this.
There is a documentary on youtube: The Frankincense Trail, I can recommend it. Watching it, one becomes aware of the long relationship, spanning thousands of years, man has with these two aromatic medicinal resins. Revered by the wise as some of the finest substances on earth, fit for a king.
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