The gifts of the Magi were carried a long distance from the east (Eastern medicine) to be presented to the newborn Christ. The gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were highly valuable (and still are) revered herbs that were potent medicines. The resins of Frankincense and Myrrh have been used for over 5000 years to treat everything from serious infections to spiritual practices.
Myrrh seems to be brought as a gift for use in an antiseptic purposes for both Jesus and Mary, healing wounds, umbilical cord cleansing etc. We can only imagine the sanitary surroundings of a manger in a stable. It has many benefits including:
*Skin diseases (ringworm, eczema).
*Gum and mouth ulcers.
*Stimulates uterine health, relieves contractions and cramping.
*Strengthens the immune system.
*Prevents/helps microbial infections.
*Works as a fungicide.
*Stimulates blood circulation, digestion and nerves.
Frankincense is similar to Myrrh having some of the healing properties. Its sweet woody scent has a soothing and calm effect on our mind and body. Some of its health benefits include:
*Heals and protects skin from boils, acne and wounds.
* Eliminates germs (antiseptic).
*Promotes urination to purify the body of toxins.
*Relives body pain, headaches, toothaches and reduces fevers.
* Strengthens absorption of nutrients.
*Regulates estrogen helping PMS.
As for the "gold" gift, scholars note that the word gold was often used interchangeably for the golden spice turmeric. The gold the Magi gifted to Jesus may well have been turmeric. All three were highly prized for their powerful medicinal properties. Here's two great articles on turmeric benefits and Golden Milk.
These gifts can be used by us today also.
As the year comes to an end, lets all make a choice to live a healthy and "wellthy" life.
This week's post is a guest post from our daughter Bree. With the holiday season upon us here are a few suggestions for gift ideas. You can check out her own blog at Young Sophisticate. We are so proud of her accomplishments and of the many more to come.
Since zoodles are huge right now, a great, affordable kitchen gift is a spiralizer from a brand such as OXO. The recipient can use this to make noodles from their favorite vegetables for a healthier take on pasta.
Pumpkin seeds are nutritional power houses packed in a small package! Just one cup of seeds gives you almost 12 grams of protein and 500 mg of potassium, which makes it a great post heavy workout treat. The additional potassium from the seeds will re-balance your body's electrolytes faster. This allows muscles to repair faster and function better, Plus one cup also provides the complete RDA of magnesium, which helps control blood pressure and prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke. They are a go-everywhere snack that doesn't need refrigeration.
They are an amazing source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and have been very effective in supporting men's prostate health, because of their high zinc content. Most of us know that turkey has the amino acid trytophan, which has a bad rap of making you sleepy on Thanksgiving. (Most experts agree that it is the carb-heavy overeating that does that, not the trytophan.) But pepitas have it also, and you NEED trytophan which your body converts it to serotonin. One of the major ingredients to a better sleep and a good mood booster.
Other benefits include;
Reduces LDL(bad) cholesterol.
Rich in Natural Phytoestrogens helping in PMS.
For the optimal benefits they should be raw, soaked and sprouted then used on salads , soups, smoothies, oatmeal and consumed alone as snacks. You can slowly roast the seeds on low heat to preserve the healthy fats. Lightly oil with coconut oil, sprinkle with Himalayan Sea Salt and roast at 150' for about 15-30 minutes. Stir once or twice.
Not very well known, Moringa has been used in Ayurveda Medicine for thousands of years. Native to India, Pakistan and Nepal it is said in India's ancient tradition, that Moringa can prevent over 300 diseases. Modern research has confirmed that the whole plant is in fact a nutritional powerhouse. It has been used in Eastern medicine to treat and prevent diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, respiratory, skin and digestive disorders.
In fact, in 2008 the National Institute of Health called moringa (moringa oleifera) the “plant of the year,” acknowledging that “perhaps like no other single species, this plant has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.
NIH March 21, 2008
Sometimes called the "miracle tree" its small round leaves are packed full of calcium, protein, beta carotene, vitamin c, and potassium. This fast growing tree can be planted in the worst of soil and growing conditions and still be harvested many times per year. In Third world countries these "miracle trees" can be a valuable source of nutrition. In these dry, semi-arid areas these "weed-like" growing plants can be life savers. They can be grown in tropical and subtropical areas around the world.
Reasons why Moringa is being hailed as a superfood:
*9 times the protein of yogurt.
*10 times the vitamin A of carrots.
*15 times the potassium of bananas.
*17 times the calcium of milk.
*12 times the vitamin C of oranges.
*25 times the iron of spinach!
Moringa powder can be found online or many health food stores and can be used in smoothies, teas and green juices. The leaves can be eaten in salads or steamed like spinach. The seed pods are being used as water purification filters with amazing results in impoverished areas to treat unclean water sources. Even better results then normal filters. It seems that entire plant is a "miracle tree".