The origins of myrrh and frankincense are traced to the Arabian Peninsula.
According to Herodotus (5th century BC): “Arabia is the only country which produces frankincense, myrrh, cassia and cinnamon…the trees bearing the frankincense are guarded by winged serpents of small size and various colors.”
Myrrh is a resin, or sap-like substance, that comes from a tree called Commiphora myrrha, common in Africa or the Middle East. Myrrh is botanically related to Frankincense, and is one of the most widely used essential oils in the world. The myrrh tree is distinctive due to its white flowers and knotted trunk.
Sandalwood oil is extracted from the woods for use. Sandalwood is the second most expensive wood in the world, right after African Blackwood. Both the wood and the oil produce a distinctive fragrance that has been highly valued for centuries.
Onycha, spoken of in Exodus 30:34, was one of the ingredients of the sacred perfume. It consists of the shells of several kinds of mussels, which when burned emit a strong odor.
Jasmine belongs to the Genus ‘Jasminum’ and includes over 200 species of plants, most of which originated in tropical and sub-tropical areas.
Its name comes from the Persian word ‘yasmin’ meaning gift from God.
Flowering in Jasmines takes place in summer or spring which is usually six months after planting. The Jasmine flower releases its fragrance at night after the sun has set and especially when the moon is waxing towards fullness. Jasmine flower buds are more fragrant than the flowers.
Jasmine originated in the tropical regions of Asia but is now grown worldwide. While tropical Jasmine will not survive in temperate regions, some modern varieties do.
Cultivated versions are also sold as houseplants. Many gardeners add jasmine to flower gardens or grow them in pots on the deck or patio to scent the night air.
Jasmine is used as a fragrance in perfumes, soaps, and lotions and is even used to add its rich scent to jasmine tea. Jasmine tea isn’t really made from jasmine. The tea is brewed from green tea, and then infused with the fragrance of jasmine.
Jasmine is believed to be both an antidepressant and an aphrodisiac making it a popular scent in the bedroom. Jasmine is also thought to be a sedative and sleep aid.
A New Jersey resident, Dr. Rosanne Bostonian divides her time between teaching Reiki and promoting Young Living Essential Oils as an independent wholesaler. Through the latter, Ms. Rosanne Bostonian helps people integrate therapeutic oils into their lives.
Young Living Essential Oils offers a line of aromatherapy and essential oils that encourage healthy and natural living. The products leverage the healing qualities of plants to help bring relief to people experiencing stress, pain, lack of energy, and emotional strain, among others.
The non-toxic oils, which come in a variety of fragrances, can be used aromatically. By breathing in the aromas, a person fills the body with the oil’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. The oils are then delivered to different areas through blood and tissues, and users can experience uplifted spirits.
Some Young Living Essential Oils, like Longevity and Mineral Essence, can be consumed orally. Depending on the product, the oils are consumable in capsule form or through beverages by adding drops of the oils into drinks. Intended benefits include preventing the damaging effects of aging and achieving weight management goals.