Growing up, I remembered hearing the Christmas story and the gifts the wise men brought. I wondered what the significance of frankincense and myrrh were. Gold seemed obvious, but I was curious about the purpose of the other two gifts.
After I started studying herbal remedies and discovered how frankincense and myrrh were traditionally used, I realized these gifts were actually even more practical than the gold.
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh
Myrrh was used during ancient times (and still is) in anointing oils. This exotic resin is naturally anti-septic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, antimicrobial, and antiviral. It was used on wounds to ward off infection and was often used on the umbilical cord to keep it clean while healing. Myrrh was also said to help soothe the emotions and could have been used on babies to calm them.
Frankincense was used in perfumes and was also helpful for improving hormone balance (like after pregnancy). It was historically used to soothe skin wounds and stretch marks. Some say it was used in traditional cultures to calm mom and baby after birth. As the baby grew, it was used to help them stay calm and relaxed. A 2019 animal study backs this up with its findings that Frankincense essential oil helps reduce stress levels.
Frankincense was also said to help digestive problems. According to a 2020 review, researchers found frankincense helped with inflammation and eczema. There are certainly deeper spiritual meanings to take from the gifts, but they also served a practical purpose.
In modern times, frankincense and myrrh are often used in natural remedies. Many include them in DIY moisturizing skin creams. I use frankincense in this face cream. You could also incorporate these oils into other skin care concoctions, like body butter or lip balm.
A Gift From Afar…
I was using diluted frankincense on my thyroid externally and wanted an easier way to apply it. I immediately thought of a lotion bar. With Christmas approaching, this is a fun way to combine the three gifts of the Magi into one lotion bar. The result smells woodsy and amazing and leaves a faint gold shimmer on the skin.
It is perfect for winter, easy for beginners, and so much fun to make. If you need some DIY gift ideas, try some of these frankincense, gold, and myrrh lotion bars (they make good stocking stuffers too!).
Lotion Bar Supplies
This homemade lotion bar recipe is simple to make with all-natural ingredients. We don’t even need preservatives since there’s no water in it. However, you could add some vitamin E oil to prevent the oils from oxidizing and extend the shelf life.
- Shea Butter – Rich in vitamins A and E, shea butter reduces inflammation and joint pain. It reportedly smooths skin and helps with fine lines and wrinkles.
- Coconut Oil – This oil easily melts into the skin but is solid at room temperature. It helps give the lotion bars their shape while hydrating the skin.
- Beeswax – Helps to add a protective layer to the skin and keeps the lotion bars firm.
- Gold Mica Powder (for color and shimmer)
- Frankincense Essential Oil
- Myrrh Essential Oil
Optional: Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils. Lavender is calming and relaxing. Its floral scent mixes nicely with the woodsy scent of frankincense and myrrh. Peppermint is refreshing and invigorating for a nice pick-me-up.
You can use deodorant containers, muffins tins, silicone molds, or round twist-up tubes as well. Here are the silicone molds I used for the lotion bars in the picture.
Tip for Using Lotion Bars
If you haven’t used a lotion bar before, it’s basically hard lotion. If your home is really cold, the bars may seem really hard at first. You may find the lotion bars difficult to apply, but here’s a tip. Gently press the lotion bar onto your skin and let your body temperature warm it up first. Once it starts to melt it will glide on more easily.
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh Lotion Bars Recipe
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup shea butter
- ⅓ cup beeswax pellets
- 1 tsp gold mica powder
- 15 drops frankincense essential oil
- 15 drops myrrh essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil optional
- 10 drops lavender essential oil optional
- Melt the shea butter, beeswax, and coconut oil in a double boiler.
- Remove the oils from the heat and then add the mica powder and essential oils.
- Pour the mixture into empty deodorant containers, lotion bar tubes, or silicone molds. Put them in the fridge and let cool until completely hardened.
- If using a mold, put the lotion bars in the freezer for about 10 minutes. This makes them much easier to pop out. Don't leave them in the freezer too long though or it will negatively affect the texture.
This article was medically reviewed by Jessica Meyers, MPAP, PA-C, RH(AHG), who specializes in herbal protocols and functional medicine. You can also find Jessica on Instagram. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.
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Discussion (78 Comments)
This is such a great idea! It fits the Christmas theme perfectly.
I recently heard that the “Gold” may not have been gold as we think of it. It may have been TURMERIC! The other two gifts were not precious metals, they were precious oils so it’s reasonable to think that the gold was not a metal, but a spice!
Could turmeric be used in the recipe! ? Don’t want to use the mica powder.
All those benefits may be true but remember the wise men weren’t on the scene until Jesus was about 2 years old!
What a wonderful recipe and perfect gift idea! I love it.
I appreciate you so much. I need to sit down and write an email telling you all the ways my family has been helped through you!
How many of those black containers does this recipe yield?
Katie - Wellness Mama
Where to get the mica, and also the little bar containers, Katie. Thank you.
Katie - Wellness Mama
They are linked in the post 🙂 If you click on the word, it should take you to where I got to them
Oh, you beyotch! You stole my idea! 🙂 I was all set to use your lotion bar recipe to make frankincense & myrrh bars and add the mica powder after you talked about using it for lip balm, but Amazon had been out of the gold for weeks so I let it slide.
I also had my eye on some nativity-themed molds on Etsy. That would be the perfect Christmas gift.
These look fabulous! With the above measuremts, how many lotion bars does this make? Thank you!
Katie – how many empty deodorant containers does this recipe fill?
Katie - Wellness Mama
Mine made 4…
I just made this and it made 2.5 of the black containers for me. A previous batch made about 10 cute flower-shaped bars in a 1-3/4 by 1-3/4 by 0-1/2-inch silicone mold. At first I thought it was way too much gold and it does make the bars rather orange but on the skin it blends right in and just leaves a hint of a shimmer. Very fun gift idea this year.
I read someplace, once, that ground up gold can be used to treat depression, also. I think the treatment was to drink it. I recommend doing research before using it–I just have vague memories.
My Mother was given gold shots for RA for quite a few years. I don’t know if it is still a treatment for RA but it never seemed to help her.
I’m sorry your mom wasn’t helped by the gold treatments!
When my mom received the gold treatment she was at the point of needing to be in a wheelchair, couldn’t open a cupboard, write, fastener her bra strap, tie shoes, etc. One treatment alone helped her so much she went hiking the next day to pick blueberries!! It was soooo amazing! She was almost completely crippled in every way and then whammo….she was better!!
Hi! Is there any possible way to purchase these already made? 8)
Homeopathic gold (Aurum metalicum) is a remedy for depression, particularly for depression due to losing your fortune (gold!) or your loved one (your true treasure).