The use of precious resins such as Frankincense and Myrrh dated back before 5000BC

The two most famous resins, Frankincense and Myrrh are found in combination throughout history and their usage is just as prominent today as in the ancient worlds.  Native to the Arabian Peninsula, Northeast Africa and China, Frankincense has been a staple of early Chinese medicine since 500 BC, while Myrrh was used as its complement.  

The Babylonians, Assyrians, and Ancient Egyptians used these two resins medicinally, in religious ritual, trade, daily life for more than 5000 years; the two were even depicted in hieroglyphics as offerings to Queen Hatshepsut in an Egyptian temple.  Frankincense and Myrrh were burned as incense for Judaic religious ritual, used as medical treatment for the Greeks and Romans, while in Christianity, the two were offered as the third gift by the Wise Men to the baby Jesus, and eventually implemented in Catholic churches as a burning ritual.  Today we understand so much more about their  compounds & exceptional healing properties medicinally and therapeutically to heal physically and emotionally. 

 Ashur-nasir-pal II or Ashurnasirpal II, king of Assyria from 883 to 859 BC. Ancient Nimrud, Iraq. An offering as a religious ritual