FRANKINCENSE AND MYRRH
Both of these gums have a long established history of use as incense in Christian and Pre-Christian spiritual traditions. In ancient Egypt they were burnt to honour the Sun-God Ra. According to the Bible, the three Sages brought offerings of Frankincense and Myrrh to honour the birth of Jesus. Both Frankincense and Myrrh are still widely used in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as in many other spiritual traditions. The scent of these divine gums is both spiritually uplifting and purifying.
Since people first came together to honour the Gods and spirits of nature they used gums, resins and fragrant herbs to bring them closer to the divine beings and to give fragrant wings to their prayers. Every culture has their own sacred herbs that are particular to its region, yet, precious incense herbs and gums have also always been traded far beyond their country of origin.