Benefits and Properties
of Myrrh Essential Oil
Burseraceae The same family as Frankincense
Place of Origin
Northwest Africa in dry conditions, grows in semi-desert regions - southern Arabia, Libya, Iran, along Red Sea
A small tree that is hardy and spiny. The name is derived from the Greek and means ‘gum carrier.’
Resin is a sticky golden liquid that oozes from natural cracks or cuts in the trunks of the trees and sets into irregularly shaped, deep reddish-brown, thick lumps. The essential oil is steam distilled from the resin and is pale to dark amber in color. It can also be a resinoid which is extracted from the raw resin with solvents and is the same deep reddish-brown as the raw resin and is very thick and sticky. You may need to warm the resinoid to get it to pour from the bottle or sometimes it is dissolved in alcohol. Both have a warm, smoky, dusty, musty, bitter with a spicy and sharp, balsamic aroma. It is a base note oil.
Active principles include limonene, dipentene, pinene, eugenol, cinnamaldehyde, cadinene, acetic acid, myrrholic acid and a number of resins
Blends well with
Sandalwood, lavender, cedarwood, frankincense, juniper, camphor, and benzoin
Avoid during pregnancy
Approximate drops per use
Use about 2-3 drops in 1 ounce of carrier
Beneficial Effects – Physical
Myrrh benefits are astringent, antiseptic, antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, cell rejuvenator, parasitic, emmenagogue, expectorant, uterine, sedative and a stimulant
Specific Conditions – Physical
Can be used for colds, flu, coughs, laryngitis, bronchitis, diarrhea, indigestion, flatulence (gas), hemorrhoids, loss of appetite, sluggish liver, wounds, eczema, inflammation, athlete’s foot, gums disease, ulcers (mouth and skin), painful menstruation, thrush, skin rejuvenator, stretch marks (with lemongrass), especially good for conditions affecting the skin (including fungal related problems and aging skin), and helps with imbalances of the respiratory system.
Beneficial Effects – Mental
This oil is uplifting and calming
Specific Conditions – Mental
Can be used to help anxiety, agitation, emotional coldness, lack of will, emotional blocking and a lack of spiritual connection.
It is a good oil to use during colds and flu due to its antiseptic effects (diffuse in the air, and add to your cleaner), a very good expectorant to help expel mucus, and help clear the respiratory tract, massage (in a carrier) on the chest and back if desired).
Use it in salves on wounds, especially slow healing woundsand weepy skin conditions (eczema and athlete’s foot). Add it to lotion, oils, or salve and use it for cracked and chapped skin, (even deep cracks on hand and those on your heels).
Gently massage (in a carrier) on the stomach (clockwise) and it will help stimulate digestion, help remedy diarrhea, expel gas, and eliminate bad breath (by correcting the digestion).
A good oil to use for gums, it doesn’t taste very good but it does do a good job of healing mouth ulcers and gum disorders. You could use it in a tincture which taste bitter and stings some or add a drop of the oil to your mouthwash each day.
Myrrh was well known in historic civilizations where it was used as perfume, incense and medicine. The ancient Egyptians used it for religious reasons and embalming. One of the three gifts from the wise men to baby Jesus was myrrh. The soldiers of ancient Greece always took a paste of myrrh to battle with them as it was well know for healing wounds and as an antiseptic. In the 1540 the essence was first distilled and used to heal cuts, burns, wounds, and for help with respiratory conditions. It was also used for gangrene. It was used more in ancient times than it is today, probably due to its cost.
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