|A crate of clementines from the local greengrocer|
As a child, the idea of giving gold, frankincense and myrrh seemed terribly exotic & exciting. I've not really grown up much...
Last year I bought myself some tiny amounts of frankincense and myrrh so that I could actually see, touch and smell them. Both are resin/sap products and the smell is wonderful...
|Sometimes I carefully burn small amounts because the fragrance is so wonderful...|
My favourite use of frankincense & myrrh is an adapted recipe from James Wong...
I made it last Christmas as a gift for my Mum & she loved it (& I had to test some myself...) It's easy to make & smells wonderful. Here's how I made it...
In a blender whizz up:
400ml sunflower oil (or any other non-fragrant oil)
4 tbsp whole cloves
the rind (not pith) of 5 oranges (I used a mix of clementines, satsumas, oranges)
Then I added a teaspoon each of frankincense and myrrh (& a twist or 2 of black pepper from the grinder for added warmth).
Put the, now very, fragrant mush in a glass/pyrex bowl over a pan of hot water (low heat) & simmer gently for about 1 hour. Your house will instantly smell of Christmas, (even Mr TH emerged from his office to find out what the lovely smell was...!)
Remove from the heat & leave to cool down
Strain and bottle up.
The resulting oil will be a wonderful golden orange colour (gold, frankincense and myrrh...)
It should keep for about 3 months. I use it in the bath and as a body oil. (Do be careful if applying it just before wearing white clothing as it can leave an orange imprint- but this does come out in the wash!)