Frankincense: A Wise Gift Keeps Giving
“Tis the season for gift giving, and perhaps no gifts in history are more famous than those that three wise men brought on the very first Christmas…”
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A gift brought by one of the Kings for baby Jesus was frankincense. Today, it is known as boswellia serrata (boswellia for short), which is a gummy resin scraped from the boswellia tree. found in India. It is actively being researched today as an anti-inflammatory agent and is considered to be a natural remedy for a number of ailments. It may even inhibit the growth of certain types of cancer.
So, the wise men were indeed wise – and we may yet benefit from what they considered a gift valuable enough for the infant Jesus.
Dr. Rodney Chowning, General and Cerec Dentist, Denton, TX