Apparently, some scientists with too much time on their hands have discovered that mice love frankincense. In their study, mice showed significant decreased anxiety and a general tendency toward uplifted spirits. I am certainly not an expert on the emotional range or psychological states of mice, but I can tell you that none of this is news to anyone except scientists.
Frankincense has always been a precious gift to humanity from God. It’s anti-septic qualities as well as it’s effect on human emotions and human pain, has been well documented throughout history. It has often been speculated that the Magi brought frankincense and myrrh to the Christ child in order to purify the area. He was, after all, born in a stable, and one can only imagine the germ population that surrounded both Child and Mother. Naturally, this would not affect Him, and by extension, His mother, but of course the Magi could not have realized that at the time.
In other parts of the world, where people are less addicted to the notions of “sweet”, frankincense and myrrh are used as chewing gum. Not only does it clean teeth and gums, but it helps to prevent gum disease. Myrrh, especially, is used for its anti-bacterial quality on wounds, cuts, and infections in general.
Does this mean that we should stop using anti-biotics or anti-depressants, etc.? Not at all. But I hope that when we burn frankincense and myrrh, we remember the One who gave it to us and rejoice in His kingly gift to us.