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Did the Wise Men Bring the Christ Child Turmeric, Frankincense and Myrrh?

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I first heard of this theory while watching the documentary series The Truth About Cancer and found it to be interesting.


If you are not familiar with the account, it is mentioned in the New Testament in the Bible, where it is mentioned that after the birth of Jesus, wise men from the east followed a star to Bethlehem to find the Christ child and present him with gifts.

Contrary to popular belief, the Christ child was no longer a newborn baby by the time the wise men finally met him. They had traveled perhaps as far as Parthia, or the region known as Babylon, so Jesus was likely closer to two years old at the time.

The number of wise men who came to visit him, while also uncertain, is also normally thought of to be three, although the scriptures never say, and many historians also have the number at a higher amount. The names, Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, attributed to the kings are purely fabricated.

The wise men first came to Jerusalem and asked the reigning King Herod where they could find boy Jesus and referred to him as the 'king'. Herod did not know at the time where Jesus was, and asked the Magi to inform him, once they knew of his whereabouts.

The wise men did find Jesus and gave him three gifts, as is told in Matthew 2, verse 11.

" And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh."

As the story continues, after the wise men had visited the Christ child, they had been told in a dream, not to speak to Herod and left without saying a word to him. Herod, feeling threatened with the news of a new king, then ordered that all baby boys under the age of 2 be murdered.

But back to the gifts, could the 'gold' have been turmeric?

Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh

Although we may never know for sure, some historians believe the reference to gold may have actually been turmeric, and not gold, as in the metal. Tumeric has had many various other names, and is often called the 'golden spice' among many other names associated with it's golden color. Having been used for at least 4,000 years for its health and medicinal uses, tumeric actually cost more than gold during the time of Jesus' birth.

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Obviously, the wise men who brought the gifts, recognized the healing qualities of frankincense and myrrh, so perhaps the gold was actually tumeric.

The power of turmeric

Turmeric is as good as some prescriptions in preventing and aiding in the following health conditions : heart and liver health, pain management, prevention of colon cancer, breast cancer, alzheimers, and obesity, and aids in dental health, acne and depression.

The power of frankincense

Frankincense has been used as a natural reliever, in anti aging products, for hygiene, indigestion, scar and wound treatment, acne, stretch marks, relief for colds, inflammation, pain and more. It has also shown to be useful in the treatment of breast, prostate, ovarian and colon cancer.

The power of myrrh

Myrrh is a antioxidant, with anti cancer, antibacterial and anti-fungal, anti-parisitic benefits, good for skin health, relaxation.

Whether the gold really was the metal, or the spice, these three gifts were highly valued commodities at the time and are beginning to once again gain more widespread recognition for their healing benefits.

However, if using any of these in the form of an essential oil, use extreme caution as these are potent and incorrect usage may cause health problems. Use care and keep out of the reach of children.

Do you use turmeric, frankincense or myrrh?

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