How to make anointing oil from frankincense & myrrh

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The practice of anointing with oils is as old as the Bible and was one of the ways in which ancient Jews and Christians purified and consecrated their bodies. Both frankincense and myrrh are aromatic resins from trees native to the Middle East and are available in essential oil form. They also are anti-bacterial, according to the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA, and might have potent medicinal properties.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Myrrh essential oil
  • Olive oil
  • 118ml glass bottle, preferably dark in colour

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  1. 1

    Purchase 14.8ml bottles of both frankincense and myrrh essential oils at a health food store or online. Make sure they are 100 per cent pure--many oils are adulterated or diluted.

  2. 2

    Purchase a bottle of high-quality extra virgin olive oil.

  3. 3

    Add 30 to 40 drops of frankincense and myrrh per ounce of olive oil to the 118ml glass bottle. Shake well and store in a cool, dry and dark place.

  4. 4

    Shake contents vigorously before each use.

  5. 5

    Dab anointing oil on wrists, temples or forehead. Avoid contact with eyes, lips and any mucous membranes.

Tips and warnings

  • Other essential oils, such as cinnamon and cedar--which also might have been used in the original anointing oils--can be added to the anointing oil to give it a more well-rounded scent and therapeutic properties.
  • Anointing oils are high strength and might cause skin irritation if used excessively. If you want an oil that can be more liberally applied to your body, use a lower concentration of essential oils, such as 10 drops per ounce.

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