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Every Winter Solstice I make myself an anointing balm that I use in my seasonal rituals, as well as for regular care of my body. A favorite essential oil blend and the one I made this year contains Frankincense, Myrrh and Cassia essential oils. When I shared a tutorial on how to make my Kick Ass Winter Solstice Inunctus in The A-Mused Tribe, a friend asked if I chose the oils for the healing properties, scent or both.
I admit that the deep spiritual connections to Frankincense and Myrrh historically throughout many different faith practices, as well as my own experience with their anti-inflammatory properties in the body create a draw to them for the Winter Solstice, a time when I tend to draw into myself and do some deep healing and soul searching. It is a time of deep connection for me and I have always found that cassia helps me focus and is a scent that I find pleasing and comforting.
I let my intuition guide me when creating essential oil blends, but I also do the research. Essential oils have been a part of my life off and on since my 20’s and steadily for the past five years or so which means I have a lot to draw on. Here are a few factoids that you might find interesting about frankincense, myrrh and cassia.
Frankincense essential oil is known to support healthy cellular function and promote feelings of wellness, peace and relaxation. It is often called “the king of oils” and is revered as one of the most precious essential oils with practical and spiritual uses. Frankincense is most well-known as a gift of the Magi at the birth of Jesus Christ.
Religious ceremonies including those of the Egyptians, Assyrians and Babylonians often burned frankincense resin. Buddhist temples often burn frankincense resin to clear sacred space and promote a meditative state. For example, researchers at John Hopkins have been studying the ways in which burning Frankincense resin from the Boswellia plant activates ion channels in the brain to alleviate anxiety and depression.
Frankincense has been studied for its beneficial immune modulating effects on arthritis and inflammatory conditions. My own rheumatologist recommended a boswelia supplement to curb my pain from lupus arthritis. In ancient Egypt frankincense was often blended into skin soothing salves and perfume and these uses continue into the modern day.
Myrrh is also known as a gift of the Magi and has been considered so precious that various times in human history it has been valued at its weight in gold. Known for powerful cleansing properties, myrrh is often used internally and externally to heal the mucous membranes and skin. Myrrh is a powerful ingredient in many mouth washes, toothpastes and oral health care formulas. I often use myrrh along with cloves in my personal oil pulling practice. Myrrh is heavily utilized in Ayurvedic medicine for digestive balance from entry to exit.
This essential oil is also revered for its ability to promote a youthful appearance and balance emotions. Myrrh is believed to enhance psychic connection and empower meditative states. It is considered a Jewish holy oil. Myrrh is also a traditional ingredient used in death and embalming ceremonies, and when combined with frankincense creates a strong synergistic antimicrobial action.
Cassia has a spicy aroma that is closely related to cinnamon and is a traditional essential oil used to promote physical health and well-being. Cassia is often called Chinese Cinnamon and has been studied for its effects as an anti-inflammatory, particularly in diabetes.
Cassia is one of the essential oils mentioned in the Old Testament and is revered for its distinct fragrance, calming properties and soothing warmth. The spicy scent and warming nature of cassia make it a nice addition to winter essential oil blends.
Learn More About Essential Oils
If you are interested in learning more about essential oils, or want to create your own balms, Inunctus and blends feel free to contact me or check out my doTerra affiliate site. Please note that I am not a doctor, and can only offer up my personal experience with oils, not medical advice. There are a lot of nice learning tools on the DoTerra website– be sure to check out Essential Oils 101.
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