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In honour of the vibrant evergreens that scent our homes this time of year, we are having a sale on sacred aromatic trees and resins. These special beings star in the decor of the season, and Spagyrics of them are a lovely way to connect to the spirit of the Solstice holiday. Click here to go right to our sale page, or read more about these Spagyrics in the article below, and the companion article here.
As the holiday season marches on, the stores and squares become more festive, and private homes, too, share in the cheery decorations traditional to the season. Twinkling lights everywhere seem to shine in defiance of the winter darkness, currently still increasing, yet about to start its yearly retreat on the Solstice. Red and green (a colour combination I am quite fond of all year!), bells and candles, holly, pine, and evergreens deck the halls and lift the spirits.
Many ancient cultures honoured and worshiped trees of all kinds, and in the winter season, evergreens were especially loved as symbols of eternal life. As far back as ancient Rome, the winter holiday of Saturnalia was celebrated with wreaths and swags of evergreen, and Germanic people honoured Odin with decorations of evergreen branches, holly, and mistletoe wreaths lit with candles.
Besides the colour they bring, evergreens warm the house with their bright, fresh scent, and this is my favourite reason to bring them inside! This scent comes from aroma chemicals called terpenes, which are common throughout the natural world. Terpenes are protective chemicals, released by the tree in a cloud of cooling sunscreen in hot climates, acting as an antifreeze in cold areas, and warding off bugs and protecting trees from damage in all ecosystems.
Many plants which are high in terpenes are used medicinally. Rosemary sharpens and uplifts the mind and acts as an antioxidant to brain tissues due to its high content of pinene and limonene. Sage and Cypress are high in terpinolene, which has a calming and anti-inflammatory effect, and spicy beta-caryophyllene gives painkilling effects to Black Pepper, Tulsi, and Lavender. Cannabis plants express multiple terpenes, which act synergistically with cannabinoids to create the strain-specific healing effects that research is just starting to understand.
Ritually, terpenes are important constituents of many incenses and sacred plants. Frankincense is very high in terpenes, as is Myrrh, and both trees exude terpene-rich resins in response to heat and physical and insect damage. Terpenes can be seen as signaling molecules, mediating the relationship between plant and environment, each affecting the other reciprocally.
Perhaps this is why incense also has an ancient use for mediating our interactions with the divine, its smoke carrying our meditations and prayers up to the archetypal realm of the infinite. Taken internally, many of these plants can be used to elevate the inner spirit to higher realms of insight and consciousness, and it seems natural to work with this practice during the dark, inward time around the Solstice.
Our Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh Somalixir is a natural partner for the season, based on the three treasures that the wise astrologers brought as gifts for the newborn Yeshua.
Gold is an obvious treasure, used to buy one’s way through the material world. Myrrh, exuded to protect the tree from damage, represents the gift of learning from one’s trials and pain, integrating the bitter difficulties of life into deep lessons that bring lasting insights. Frankincense represents connection with the sacred source of life, and with one’s own divine nature within. Together, these three substances carry all the intelligence and support that the three wisest men in the world knew would be needed for the important life of the baby they brought them to.
Myrrh by itself is an important healing resin in its own right, and appears at two later points in the Bible- in the vinegar offered to Yeshua at the crucifixion, and in Mary Magdalene’s healing kit when she visits the tomb and finds it empty. Mary Magdalene was a healer, an herbalist working with the aromatic and physical properties of plants, and Myrrh’s multi-layered support of body and soul would have made it a valuable ally in her repertoire.
Physically, Myrrh is drying and astringent, and like most resins, an excellent anti-microbial. Our Myrrh Spiritualized Essence is detoxifying to the body and to the mind, removing stagnant infection as well as stuck thought and energy patterns, which is also its gift to the formula Abra-Melin, a classic incense combination and one of our most popular Somalixirs.
The formula for Abra-Melin is based on incense from a 14th century magickal text, used as part of a complex ritual for contacting the Holy Guardian Angel. The ingredients in this incense mirror those in Biblical formulas, including the holy anointing oil of Exodus.
Our Abra-Melin Somalixir has proven to be a powerful support for receiving insights, guidance, and wisdom from a more elevated perspective, whether its gifts are invoked in a ritual or meditation, or just carried through the day for moment-to-moment connection.
As ancient as the Abra-Melin and anointing oil formulas are, there is some debate as to their exact ingredients. Some of the plants used, like Cinnamon and Myrrh, are agreed upon, but others are debated because of plant name translation differences. One resin that some sources, but not others, consider important to the formula is Oud, also known as Agarwood. This may or may not be a canonical part of the original, but when we added it to our Abra-Melin Somalixir many years ago, we were very pleased with the effect it brought the whole.
We also work with several types of Agarwood as individual Spagyrics- to read more about them, as well as the other resin Spagyrics in this sale, see part two of this article, here.