Frankincense and myrrh are best known around the world as two of the gifts of the Magi in the Bible. Even before the Bible was written, these herbs were found in magical guides all over the Middle East, northern Africa, and Europe. They are two of the most versatile, powerful ingredients you can have in your herb cabinet for spells and rituals.
What are Frankincense and Myrrh?
Both frankincense and myrrh are resins of trees native to the Middle East and northern Africa. They are collected from injuries to the bark of their trees. First the bark is damaged, then, after the resin leaks out to seal off the damage, chunks of it are gathered. These resins are very valuable not only because of their fine fragrance and magical properties, but because they are rare -- their trees do not grow well outside of their native habitat.
Both frankincense and myrrh have healing properties that can help people emotionally, vibrationally, and spiritually. Because of this, they are often used in rituals to help the sick.
A simple healing ritual is to make a poppet for the sick or injured person out of blue cloth and fill it with healing herbs (or thistle down, according to European tradition) and a lock of hair from the spell's target.
"You are (the spell's target's name) and with this you are healed,"
and anoint the poppet with frankincense and myrrh oils. Channel your energy into the poppet, and visualize the target completely healthy and happy. Keep the poppet in a safe place, and take care of it appropriately.
Offerings to the Sun and the Underworld
Frankincense is a strongly solar herb. This makes it a suitable offering for sun gods, like Apollo, Bast, or Obatala. In Yule rituals to celebrate the return of the sun, frankincense is an excellent celebratory offering. To use resins as offerings, bless and dedicate them to the deities for which they are intended.
Burn them either directly in a ritual fire, or on charcoal in a fireproof brazier. Unlike burning resins for incense, do not waft the smoke of burned offerings. Myrrh is also a solar herb, but is associated with the Underworld. This makes it suitable for working with Underworld deities.
Powerful Spiritual Cleansers
Both frankincense and myrrh are excellent for spiritual cleansing.
Place either frankincense, myrrh, or a mixture of both resins onto a burning coal in an incense burner, and wave it around your home with a feather or fan. Make sure the smoke touches all of the walls. As you do this, speak your intention out loud.
Say something like,
"This incense smoke cleanses all it touches. Nothing bad may linger here, only good is welcome."
It is also suitable for purifying a ritual space before spell work.
For Good Luck
Frankincense is a powerful herb for attraction. It is cleansing, relaxing, and improves your spiritual connection, which helps prepare you to receive the blessings coming to you. It also attracts everything from abundance to love.
For an easy good luck charm, place seven frankincense tears in a pouch made of yellow or gold fabric. Hold it in your hands, envisioning it filling with warm, sparkling golden light. When you are finished, carry it with you to draw good things to you.
- Mix frankincense and myrrh with any herbs or roots to boost their magical powers.
- Burn frankincense incense before and during meditations to help open your third eye chakra.
- Carry a few pieces of frankincense resin in your pocket or purse during business meetings and transactions for good luck.
- Place a few pieces of myrrh resin under your pillow for a more restful sleep.
- Burn a frankincense and myrrh candle to purify any room.
- Use myrrh is any rituals dealing with hexes or protection against psychic attacks.
- Burn frankincense and myrrh cones for a relaxed and calm environment.
- Myrrh can help open the heart and solar plexus chakras. Anoint your heart and belly to boost confidence and feelings of love and compassion.
Frankincense and myrrh are two ingredients no home should be without. They are powerful spiritual cleansers, welcome offerings to many gods, potent healers, and a wonderful way to attract the things you desire. No matter whether you choose to use them as raw resin, oil, or pre-made incense, these plants hold a lot of magical power.
For more on these powerful resins, read The History of Frankincense and Myrrh.