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Frankincense and myrrh are both types of resin that were prized in ancient times for their fragrance. They are both extracted from trees as sap and left to dry for several weeks before being collected.


To buy frankincense and myrrh, patronize a vendor such as Bulk Apothecary, Scents of Earth or Incense Warehouse. Frankincense and myrrh come in several forms, including essential oil and resin incense.


Frankincense and myrrh are significant at Christmas because, according to the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible, they were among the gifts the Magi gave to Jesus. The story is told in the famous Christmas carol, “We Three Kings.”


Jesus was given gold, frankincense and myrrh because they were gifts typically given to kings and deities at the time. These gifts were presented to Jesus by the three wise men.


Myrrh is a type of resin that's bled from a number of thorny trees. The resin forms a natural gum, and it can be turned into an essential oil that's used in perfume, medicine and oral hygiene.


Myrrh is commonly interpreted as symbolizing kingship, due to its use as an anointing oil, or death, due to its use as an embalming oil. In the Bible, Christ was offered wine mixed with myrrh as an analgesic during his crucifixion, and his body was anointed with myrrh a...


Consumers can purchase frankincense oil at various online retailers, including The Vitamin Shoppe, Puritan's Pride, and Young Living. Frankincense oil is a substance made from the resin of trees in the Boswellia family.