The natural resins of Frankincense and Myrrh have been used in medicinal plant practice for thousands of years, so what is research unveiling in the modern world about these oils? And how might these distilled resin, essential oils work powerfully together?
Frankincense and Myrrh resins are ancient aromatic resources that are harvested from the Boswellia tree and Commiphora trees and have been for centuries. The use of Frankincense and Myrrh appears in the folk medicine cultures of Africa and India and are commonly remembered each year as gifts brought to Jesus at his birth. However, Biblical accounts previous to this moment in history mention Frankincense and Myrrh being used in rituals and offerings to God long before the time of Jesus. The resins were utilized in many ancient practices in Egypt, Babylon, and Assyria as well.1 It has been suggested that Frankincense and Myrrh rivaled the value of gold in the ancient world and were commonly given as gifts.2 As the Incense Trade Routes opened up, bridging the Mediterranean with eastern and southern sources, these aromatic compounds made their way across the world.
In a report published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information in August 20193 a suggestion and some pointed evidence proposed that it is the combination of the resins of Frankincense and Myrrh that holds an unseen change in pharmacological activities that could contain huge benefits to the body. It states this:
“Modern study shows that both the frankincense and myrrh have good therapeutic effects on inflammation, and the combination of the two drugs has even better synergistic anti-inflammatory activity.”
The article goes on to suggest that the combined structure of these two resins forms a blend that sees a series of changes in their chemical composition that are “magically powerful.” The report suggests that the changes create a synergistic compound that can affect inflammation, pain, bacteria, blood activation, and is also full of anticancer components.
At XTEND5 we believe that the combined use of Frankincense and Myrrh for inflammation and aches and pains in joints could be a powerful natural interaction with great benefits for the body and mind. It is for this reason that you will find both these oils, once more valuable in weight than gold, in our Mending Milk topical cream. This topical dream cream combined with CBD, Arnica, and Eucalyptus promotes our passion that each ingredient is intentionally chosen to work in synergy. From supporting the reduction of anxiety, pain, bruising and inflammation, to the antibacterial and antiviral qualities of these ingredients, Mending Milk is a testimony to how the combination of Frankincense and Myrrh work together and could use their synergy for more significant relief.
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