Myrrh is the aromatic resin of a number of small, thorny tree species of the genus Commiphora, which is an essential oil termed an oleoresin. Myrrh resin is a natural gum. It has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense and medicine. Myrrh mixed with wine can also be ingested.
The myrrh tree is distinctive due to its white flowers and knotted treetrunk. At times, the tree has very few leaves due to the dry desert conditions where it grows. It can sometimes take on an odd and twisted shape due to the harsh weather and wind.
In order to harvest myrrh the tree trunks must be cut into to release the resin. The resin is allowed to dry and begins to look like tears all along the tree trunk. The resin is then collected and the essential oil is made from the sap via steam distillation.
It has been used for centuries for its internal and external health benefits. While it is known to hold powerful cleansing properties, particularly for the throat and mouth, Myrrh essential oil can also be used to support well-being and emotional balance.It is also soothing to the skin—promoting a smooth, youthful-looking complexion.
Ancient records show that Myrrh was deemed so valuable that at times it was valued at its weight in gold. Myrrh has been used throughout history as a perfume, incense, and health aid. It was also employed in embalming and religious ceremonies.
Myrrh oil has a smoky, sweet or sometimes bitter smell. The word myrrh comes from the Arabic word “murr” meaning bitter. The oil is a yellowish, orange color with a viscous consistency. It is commonly used as a base for perfume and other fragrances.
Scientific Research on the Benefits of Myrrh Essential Oil
What does the scientific research say about the benefits of Myrrh?
Well, I can’t say specifically. The FDA won’t let me because they don’t regulate essential oils. So, if you’d like to learn about the research, you have two choices:
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- Go this government website and search. You can use phrases like “myrrh essential oil“. It’s quite simple and you’ll find some very interesting information.
- Add 1–2 drops to toothpaste for added cleansing benefits.
- Diffuse to help promote awareness and lift your mood.
- Add to your lotion/moisturizer to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Add 1–2 drops to ¼ cup of water with a little agave or honey to help ease the stomach.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the best essential oil diffuser of your choice.
- Internal use: Dilute one drop in 4 fl. oz. of liquid.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area.
- Powerful cleansing properties, especially for the mouth and throat
- Soothing to the skin; promotes a smooth, youthful-looking complexion
- Promotes emotional balance and well-being
Aromatic Description: Hot, smoky, herbaceous, woody, dry
Collection Method: Steam Distillation
Plant Part: Resin
Main Constituents: Furanoedudesma 1, 3-diene, curzerene