Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

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Gift shopping in the year 1 AD
For those who just landed on the planet, Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh is not the name of a law firm. The Bible tells us that the 3 wise men (not to be confused with ‘wise guys’ which is something else entirely) arrived at the scene of Jesus’s birth bearing gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Obviously, gold is a timeless gift–these days typically in the form of rings, necklaces, etc. (Am I am the only one who is tired of that jewelry store chain jingle “Every kiss begins with Kay”? It seems illogical and silly to me but I guess it is working because here I am talking about it.) It might be fun to ask a Sunday school class what they think Frankincense and Myrrh are. It turns out the wise men came bearing health supplements!

If we called Frankincense by its other name, Boswellia, many of you would remember that herb (from tree sap) because it is well known for helping arthritis in the form of both pills and creams. Certainly that wise man did not think the infant already had creaky joints. Although Boswellia is also used for asthma and other health issues, more likely his intended purpose was as incense used in ceremonies.

Myrrh is also basically the resin or sap from a tree. In ancient times its value was even greater than gold. Like Frankincense, it is used as incense but also as perfume, liniment, and a dressing for wounds. In Chinese medicine it is believed helpful for heart, liver, and spleen. Indian Ayurveda tradition values Myrrh as a tonic and rejuvenator. In modern times, Myrrh has been found to lower cholesterol and is often found in oral care products, in part because it is antiseptic and healing. Good Gums is a tooth powder based on baking soda with myrrh and other ingredients added to prevent gum disease. It appears to work very well. I use it, but it isn’t for everyone because the herbs make it look like dirt and it tastes like dirt (ahem, what I think dirt would taste like). I prefer my laser toothbrush because it also helps with tooth sensitivity.

Although the wise man likely brought gold for its rareness, beauty and value in trade, gold actually also has applications in health care. Gold is anti-inflammatory, is used for arthritis and is approved as a food ingredient (think cake decoration like my box of chocolates cake). In his book, The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy, homeopathy expert Dana Ullman explains that Moses was using homeopathic principles when he turned the golden idol into a powder, added it to water and had his naughty followers drink it.

With no department stores handy it seems the wise men did a pretty good job. What gift would you take to a baby shower for the Lord?
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LINK to Archive. Dr. Kyl Smith, author and one of our favorite guests, talks about the connection between stress and testosterone. (That hormone is important to women as well as men) He explains how supplementing Phosphatidyl Serine can help right imbalances. His terrific book on brain health is Brighter Mind.

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