Epiphany and Myrrh

Magician kings and Myrrh

Dear colleagues,

During this week there are several countries in the world that celebrate the Epiphany Day on January 6th as one of the Christmas holidays.

Tradition has it that three magician kings came from the East, guided by a star that led them to Bethlehem. They looked for the Child Jesus and worshipped him, offering him gold, frankincense and myrrh.

But why myrrh?

During the Roman Empire, myrrh was considered a precious extract obtained in regions far from present-day Somalia as resin from the Commiphora myrrha tree.

Myrrh was used as an ingredient in perfumes, to embalm corpses, pain treatments, sedative and as a treatment for various diseases.

Today science has confirmed the true properties of myrrh, and the result is that the ancient traditions were right because we have confirmed that myrrh is a good antimicrobial, antiparasitic and anti-inflammatory phytogenic.

Attached below is one of the many articles confirming its potent antimicrobial properties.

More research is needed to develop proper uses of this promising extract, but I am sure it will be an interesting line of research.

Enjoy the article.

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