Gift of the Magi is the Christmas blend I am using this year in the Reed Diffusers I made for Stocking Stuffers this year. I based my blend on the gifts of the Magi.
We know the story of how The Three Wise Men brought special gifts to honor baby Jesus.
“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.” King James Bible – Matthew 2:11
We also know that they didn’t bring him any essential oils! But there is nothing to stop us from translating the energetics of their gifts into essential oils and creating a blend special to us.
Translating Frankincense and Myrrh into essential oils is easy enough. The beautiful oils of Frankincense (Boswellia scara) and Myrrh (Commiphora myrrha) are staples in many aromatherapist’s toolkit. Gold is a different matter, which essential oil would you consider to be an energetic representation of Gold?
In my Gift of the Magi blend I substituted Bitter Orange for the gold, but are there are other oils that would work as well?
Orange – Bitter Orange (Cistrus x aurantium) is the one I used in my blend. Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis).
The case for Orange:
- We have associated Oranges with gratitude and generosity since the earliest times. While this applies to all aspects of life, could it also mean we associated it with wealth and prosperity?
- In China, oranges are a traditional symbol of good luck and prosperity. So, another connection to prosperity.
- In Dr. Berkowsky’s SpiritualPhytoEssencing, Bitter Orange is the essential oil used, and it is a Gold Remedy (here is a direct connection to gold). Often used as a synergy with myrrh for older individuals.
- Used extensively over the Holiday Season. Cooking, festive drinks and decorations like Orange Pomanders spiked with cloves.
Mandarin (Citrus reticulata)
The case for Mandarin:
- Mandarin is another oil used during the festive season.
- Its name is said to originate from the fact that it was a traditional gift of the Mandarins of China. A connection to Wealth and Position.
- During Chinese New Year, Mandarin Oranges are considered traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune.
- Gifting Mandarin Oranges at Christmas is a tradition that dates back to the 1880s.
Goldenrod (Solidago virgaurea)
The case for Goldenrod:
- Gold is in its name.
- These golden plants were once thought to be a marker for hidden golden treasure.
- In Spiritual PhytoEssencing Goldenrod has a strong theme of Gold running through it.
Helichrysum (Helichrysum italicum)
The Case for Helichrysum:
- The name Helichrysum is a composite of the Greek words for sun (helios) and gold (chrysos). So once again gold is in its name.
- In Spiritual PhytoEssencing Helichrysum is another oil that has a strong theme of Gold running through it.
- The Roman historian Pliny reported that during the time of Ptolemy’s rule, the Egyptians wove helichrysum flowers into floral crowns for various deities. Not a connection to wealth or money, but its connection to deities, suggests its use for the Divinity of baby Jesus.
So, what do you think? Would you consider using Mandarin, Goldenrod or Helichrysum in a blend instead of the Orange? Perhaps creating a synergy of all four oils to represent Gold in the blend would be the best way to go. One thing to consider would be what sort of accord one could come up with. I have considered the energetics here but what about the aroma. After all that is a very important part of the whole experience as well!
Writing this blog has given me something to think about. I might just consider experimenting with the oils and see whether I want to adjust my recipe for next year.
If you are still looking for a quick gift for someone, take a look at my Neroli Whipped Shea Butter recipe. If you want to introduce a new tradition over the holidays consider my suggestion for a Holiday Aromatic Ceremony