22 November 2008

As described by the new testament, Myrrh resin was one of the gifts brought by the Magi to the baby Jesus. Myrrh's first medicinal use was documented some 3700 years ago. Myrrh essential oil is highly prized for it's healing and spiritual powers. The oil has one of the highest sesquiterpene contents a compound which can directly affect the hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdaline.

Botanical Name
Commiphora myrrha

It is native to Africa, Somalia, Arabia and Yemen

Pale yellow to amber in colour

Warm, slightly musty, spicy balsamic odour an

Extraction Method
Myrrh oil is extracted by steam distillation of the oleo resin

Constituents and Chemical Composition
A-pinene, cadinene, limonene, cuminaldehyde, eugenol, m-cresol, heerabolene, acetic acid, formic acid and other sesquiterpenes and acids

Therapeutic Properties
Anti-catarrhal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, astringent, balsamic, carminative, cicatrisant, emmenagogue, expectorant, fungicidal, sedative, digestive and pulmonary stimulant, stomachic, tonic, uterine and vulnerary

Uses for Health Benefits (Indications)
  • Myrrh oil is effective against excessive mucus in the lungs and helps to clear ailments such as colds, catarrh, coughs, sore throats and bronchitis
  • It is used for diarrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence and hemorrhoids
  • It is very good for mouth and gum disorders, such as mouth ulcers, pyorrhea, gingivitis, spongy gums and sore throats
  • On the skin, it is used with great success on boils, skin ulcers, bedsores, chapped and cracked skin, ringworm, weeping wounds, eczema and athlete's foot
  • It is of great help to promote menstruation and for relieving painful periods and to ease difficult labour in childbirth
  • Can be supportive in cases of mouth ulcers, thrush, vaginal thrush, absence of menstrual periods outside of pregnancy
  • Has traditionally been used for uplifting the spirit, promotes spiritual awareness. Anti-viral, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory
  • Myrrh oil alone, or in combination with Sandalwood and Frankincense can be used to anoint the 'third eye' as a meditation or yoga aid. The aroma of Myrrh essential can be uplifting and assist in spiritual opening - like Frankincense oil, Myrrh's effect on the central nervous system is a gentle and calming one, able to instill a deep tranquility of the mind
  • Could be helpful in treating the absence of menstrual periods outside of pregnancy
  • Myrrh can be possibly toxic in high concentrations
  • It should not be used during pregnancy
  • Always test a small amount of essential oil first for sensitivity or allergic reaction
Blend With
Benzoin Oil, Clove Oil, Frankincense Oil, Lavender Oil, Patchouli Oil, and Sandalwood Oil

For Mouth Sores : Try 10 drops Myrrh Oil, 10 drops Tea Tree Oil, 10 drops of Peppermint Oil. add 8 drops of this blend to 4 ounces of warm water and rinse mouth 3 times a day


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