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Our 3 Wise Men Balms

In late 2013 Wise Men founder and formulator Stan McSwain attended a seminar on essential oils and was intrigued. He learned there are naturally occurring oils harvested around the world from the seeds, leaves, stems, bark, and flowers of plants. Since trees and plants are rooted and cannot move from their toxic setting, the plants evolved these oils to shield them from disease. Since his introduction Stan experimented with many different essential oils which would eventually lead to his own healing balm. Despite his deep research into many essential oil blends and their multitude of uses, he selected an ancient recipe that could have been obvious to him from the beginning. He chose frankincense, basically tree sap or resin extracted from the boswellia serrata tree and myrrh, a resin that comes from the commiphora myrrha tree.

In ancient times it was believed frankincense and myrrh were treasured like gold because of their effectiveness treating illnesses. The wise men from Arabia were actually being practical by giving the baby Jesus these precious, costly essential oils because they could double up as potential medical remedies. Today we now know frankincense and myrrh promote healing to many areas and systems in the body like emotional balance, immune and nervous systems, and skin. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Wise Men has a wide variety of uses like helping reduce pain and symptoms of neuropathy, post-herpetic neuralgia, tendonitis, sciatica, psoriasis, and eczema.1

Essential oils embody the regenerating, protective, and immune-strengthening properties of plants. However for human use the quandary has been how to best absorb essential oil compounds through the skin since the oils are not water soluble and difficult to get into the bloodstream. Stan’s solution was to use a perfect balance of coconut oil in his Wise Men Healing Balm formulation. Because of its small molecular structure coconut oil penetrates and "carries" the frankincense and myrrh deep into the skin. Coconut carrier oil ensures the essential oils are absorbed, rather than evaporated on the skin surface, so the body reaps the benefits.

It Began with Stan

My brother Stan approached me in 2008 with the news that he was diagnosed with terminal chronic lymphatic leukemia. He learned chemo and radiation therapies were the only approved treatments for cancer by the FDA and AMA at the time, and he believed they were more harmful than helpful.

For a while he tried alternative medicine like acupuncture, FAR light and heat booths,

hypothermic chambers, and a big range of tinctures that cumulatively seemed to improve his overall health and feeling of well-being. Unfortunately, his health insurance wouldn’t cover any of this, and he was financially forced to stop. But that opened a doorway to his journey of essential oil research, first intuitive and then experimental in nature.
He was able to keep himself alive and live a fairly normal life for 9 years. At first, we thought that he had conquered his illness. In 2015 he was chemo free for two years and his blood work numbers were quite steady given the severity of his cancer. But there is no black and white blueprint for cancer survival. Cancer is as complicated as the bodies it inhabits and the varying stages of disease in those bodies. It came back with a vengeance, and he died in June 2017. While Wise Men Healing Balm was not his “cure”, he was content he found a natural remedy to relieve his pain and neuropathy symptoms. Today his legacy lives on with Wise Men Healing Balm.

Original Blessings

Stan was a deeply religious man of faith. He and his brother Pastor Cleveland McSwain lived in

the Marshall Islands in the 1990s when Stan married Paulina, his islander wife. Stan and Cleve would pray over the original batches of Wise Men to offer a double healing (physically and spiritually). Wise Men Healing Balm officially set afloat when Stan and Paulina sold the first bottles to their Marshallese family and friends, a community rooted in strong values that appreciated the biblical origin of frankincense and myrrh and the spiritual anointing it offered.

When Stan was exploring experiential treatments for cancer, he helped me with an essential oil blend for my eczema affliction. This sparked my enthusiasm, so we stepped up our research and testing, and with his guidance we developed Wise Men Derma Balm.

In my opinion these natural substances that evolved to shield plants from disease can also do remarkable things for the human body. The future possibility of using essential oils to fight cancer looks promising, but I must be clear Wise Men has not been evaluated by the FDA and we make no claim that it is intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


1 According to numerous clinical research studies on frankincense and myrrh available here: