• Thoughts on Frankincense & Myrrh

    Tom Banner contributed this interesting information to us this month, knowing that our Candle of the Month is Frankincense & Myrrh. Enjoy!

    Christmas is almost here and the team and I have been busy unraveling some of the medical mysteries associated with this ancient midwinter tradition.

    Tucked quietly into many of the world’s most celebrated holidays are hidden codes, sacred symbolism and my personal favorite – valuable and often forgotten medicines. In certain cases, we have to dig a little in order to find the deeper wisdom in these annual celebrations, but not with Christmas. This one wears its healing jewels in plain sight, like ornaments on a tree.

    frankincense-myrrh2Today, we’re going to visit the Three Wise Men, who famously paid a fateful visit to Jesus in the moments after his birth. Also known as “The Magi,” which is the root of the English word magician, the bible says that these distinguished foreigners came bearing three special gifts. One of the gifts was pure gold, but the other two may have been a far more valuable offering. These were the herbs frankincense and myrrh.

    Yes, frankincense and myrrh are best known for their use as incense in religious rituals, but make no mistake, these revered herbs are potent medicines that have been used by healers throughout history to treat everything from serious infection to hair loss. Let’s take a closer look at each one.

    Frankincense: Boswellia sacra, Boswellia carter

    Dating back to Sumerian times, this fragrant resin was often transported via large caravans across the desert from eastern African and Arabian regions, including Yemen, Oman, Ethiopia and Somalia. Its use as a medicine most likely started with the ancient Egyptians who also charred it to make the famous black kohl eyeliner that adorned the faces of their noble women.

    Frankincense is central to almost every major religion from this region of the world, but its healing value often goes unmentioned in the history books.

    frankincense-myrrh1For starters, frankincense oil has been used for millennia to help balance out the emotions and achieve a happier, more connected life. Modern science tells us that frankincense is rich in compounds known as sesquiterpenes, that have the ability to pass the blood-brain barrier and stimulate the region of our brain that controls our feelings.

    One of the most common biomarkers of this plant, incensole acetate, is a known antidepressant that has shown very promising effects in clinical studies.

    The oil is also extremely beneficial for the skin and hair. It can be applied topically to treat dry skin, smoothen wrinkles, and strengthen hair roots. After battle, it was often relied upon to disinfect wounds, soothe muscle pain and reduce swelling. Because of its known anti-inflammatory properties, frankincense oil is often prescribed by naturopaths to treat patients who are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

    Fun fact: archaeologists found frankincense resin in King Tut’s tomb in ancient Egypt. A truly medicinal treasure!

    Myrrh: Commiphora myrrha

    Like frankincense, myrrh is native to Northern Africa and the Middle East, including Ethiopia and Yemen. This revered plant resin actually appears in one of the oldest Egyptian medical texts, Ebers Papyrus, which dates back to 1550 B.C.! This is a clear testament to how popular it was among ancient cultures for its curative effects. But why?

    frankincense-myrrh3Beyond its use as a fragrance and for embalming purposes, early civilizations saw that it possessed quite a few healing properties. The Egyptians bought boatloads of it from the Phoenicians for use in skin salves that were applied to wounds, sores and burns. By this time, early doctors had already recognized myrrh’s antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic effects, and it was prescribed for a wide array of physical ailments, including: cough, asthma, indigestion, rashes and scrapes, burns, skin infection, hemorrhoids, joint pain, and sore throat.

    It was also used as a rejuvenating facial and massage treatment for women.

    These two forgotten healing herbs of Christmas have endured quite a journey over the past five millennia. They were even forbidden by certain religions for quite some time because of their association with pagan rituals – but it’s hard to keep a good medicine under wraps. Frankincense and myrrh are now celebrated worldwide for their religious significance, but it is up to us to spread the word about their extreme healing potential and put them to good use!

    If you are feeling adventurous and would like to create your own healing balm from these two timeless herbs, we have included a recipe below!

    Skin Balm Recipe

    *How to make your own skin balm with frankincense and myrrh:

    (Makes about 3 cups)

    To make this recipe, you will need either a slow cooker or double boiler. If you don’t have either, you can fashion yourself a makeshift double boiler using a metal or glass mixing bowl and slightly smaller pot filled with a bit of water.


    2 cups olive oil
    20 drops frankincense essential oil
    20 drops myrrh essential oil
    2/3 cup beeswax
    4 glass or metal sealable containers


    • Construct your double boiler or slow cooker and bring to the appropriate low heat.

    • Add the olive oil and allow to come to temperature. About 7 minutes.

    • Add the beeswax, stirring until dissolved.

    • Add frankincense and myrrh essential oils and stir gently for 5 minutes.

    • Pour into storage containers. Leave the lids off until fully cool.

    Once you allow this fragrant oil to cool for about 20 to 30 minutes, it will firm up into a nicely textured balm that you can apply directly to the skin.

    We're in love with these 2 powerful herbs in our house, and they're a shining example of the hidden healing secrets that the major world religions hold.

    By Tom Banner


    Frankincense and Myrrh candles feature an aromatic blend of frankincense and myrrh with balsam, patchouli, and sandalwood. Candle of the Month: Save 25% on any Frankincense and Myrrh soy candle for the month of December - simply place the item in the cart to see your savings.

  • Thanksgiving Weekend Festivities

    ad-space-2016Happy Thanksgiving from Madeline Island Candles! We hope everyone has a restful & peaceful Thanksgiving this year, and safe travels if you are traveling to friends and family.

    This year, we're joining in the Black Friday fun - so join us online this Friday-Monday to partake in the savings! And if you are on the island this Saturday, stop by the Holiday Boutique at the Museum for wonderful holiday shopping, and the candle shop for special 20% savings on all candles.

    Get a headstart on planning your gift giving with our Holiday Candle Gift Sets, available in a variety of sizes and scents as the perfect gift to send to a loved one's door, hand to your holiday party hostess, or tuck under the tree! Shop now

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  • New Things Coming to Madeline Island Candles


    Holiday Collections

    As cooler autumn weather really settles in, we're all starting to prep for the holiday season ahead - adding family parties to the calendar, making transportation plans, and thinking about special things to give to those we love.

    At Madeline Island Candles, our minds are on the same thing - so we're creating a few new holiday gift collections this season. Our holiday collections will feature some of the handcrafted items you find in our shop on the island - wonderfully scented soy & beeswax candles, ornaments, soaps, and some cozy apparel. Keep your eyes open for holiday collections, coming soon!

    New Apparel

    In the meantime, have you seen our new Madeline Island T-shirts? Made with luxuriously soft 100% certified organic cotton, these t-shirts for men and women feature a Madeline Island graphic and our small logo on the lower back. Share your love for Madeline Island in stylish, comfortable fashion, or give as a gift over the coming months! Click here to view on our site.




  • Coolest Thing? You Decide!

  • Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin



    Press Release: Friday, September 2, 2016

    Madeline Island Candles is proud to announce their product feature in WMC’s Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin Contest, and would appreciate your vote! Made with natural, renewable materials such as soy and beeswax, Madeline Island Candles are hand-poured by residents of beautiful Madeline Island, Wisconsin. These unique artisan candles showcase the local beauty of the island and craftsmanship of Wisconsin, and should be considered “The Coolest Thing” in Wisconsin.

    Daily voting started September 2 for this state-wide contest, and features Wisconsin products and their manufacturers. Madeline Island Candles candles are displayed amongst 200 other submissions, which range from jigsaw puzzles to string cheese machines to Wisconsin-shaped cast irons skillets. Voters may vote once every day, and may choose up to 10 products with each vote. Please consider Madeline Island Candles as The Coolest Thing in Wisconsin with your daily vote!



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    Introducing Relax, from the Essentials collection. This all-natural soy candle is made from a soothing combination of Geranium Rose, Neroli, Rosewood and Jasmine 100% pure essential oils.

    New Essentials Collection candles are hand-poured into 2.5 inch-high votive glass containers, and arrive in a printed box. Every time you light an Essential candle, the true character of each oil shines through. With up to a 12-hour burn time, these candles make natural illumination an essential experience.

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  • Introducing "Delight" from our Essentials Collection!

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    Introducing the first of our new Essentials collection, Delight! The fragrances in our Essentials collections come from 100% pure essential oils. "Delight" is a joyful blend of Blood Orange, Mandarin, and Vanilla. Spread the joy with Delight and watch for other Essentials candles, coming soon!

    Learn more and shop Essentials: click here for Delight!

  • We've been voted Best of the Lake 2016!

    Thank you everyone for your support - we are so honored to have been chosen as Best of the Lake for the second year in a row. We could not have done it without your support. Thank You!


  • New Essentials

    The Scent of 100% Pure Essential Oils

    New to the Candle Shop and coming soon to our online store, our new Essentials candle collection are scented with organic essential oil blends. Choose your scent for a truly soothing, healing, or invigorating experience: Delight, Energize, Meditate, and Relax.


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