The familiar story of magi bringing gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh to Jesus has been told and retold for many generations. The latter two gifts are precious and powerful resins with distinct medicinal properties. Gold, on the other hand, seems unbefitting for a spiritual teacher who strongly admonished against desire for wealth.
Integrative medicine expert Dr. Sunil Pai indicates that this gift of gold might actually have been the “Golden Spice” — turmeric! Turmeric has a rich history full of cultural and religious implications while being prized for its potent health benefits.