Frankincense and Myrrh
Frankincense and Myrrh have been highly esteemed since ancient times.
Traveling by camel, caravan and sea, these royal treasures burned in the
temples of ancient Babylon, Egypt, Rome, India and China. Frankincense and
myrrh have long been considered more valuable than even gold because of their
scent and medicinal qualities. The Queen of Sheba offered them to King Solomon
in the tenth century B.C. The Three Wise Men (of the Magi tribe) presented
gold, frankincense and myrrh to the Christ Child. Melchoir (Mel-char) selected
gold for riches – stating it was “for the King of Kings”, Caspar (Cas-par)
chose frankincense for peace – stating it was “for the Priest of Priests” and
Belthazar (Bel-tha-zar) offered myrrh for healing and comfort – stating it was
“in memory of the sacrifice He would make”.
Frankincense (yellow) and myrrh (brown) are fragrant gum resin obtained
from oriental trees found only in Oman, Yemen and East Africa. The resin
exude as juices that harden to form teardrops when incisions are made in the
trunk of the trees and the resins are exposed to air.
From Judd/Karen Keener - 2007