Myrrh is an ancient healing resin used for ceremonial purposes as an anti-infective, respiratory stimulant. Myrrh has a sweet, pungent, deliciously rich and slightly spicy aroma that reminds me of sacred caramel nectar harvested from the bosom of creation.
-Antimicrobial (viral, fungal, viral)
Dr. Nick Notes
Myrrh essential oil is extracted from the resin of a tree called Commiphora Myrrha, which is common in Africa and the Middle east. Botanically Myrrh is commonly paired with the usage of Frankincense and is one of the most widely used essential oils in the world. Traditional aromatherapists consider myrrh to be a base note, providing a foundation for blends with an aroma which develops, lingers and evolves. Our CO2 extracted myrrh offers a more full-bodied, sensuous aromatic profile that is potently therapeutic. I describe the fragrance as a deep rich caramel ribbon that combines incredibly well for botanical perfumery.
Myrrh is well known worldwide due to its wide variety of health benefits and uses. In China, it is used for arthritis, menstrual issues, sores and hemorrhoids. In western cultures it is considered to have an “opening, heating, drying” nature. Myrrh is deeply anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-septic making it helpful for coughs, colds, sore throat, gum disease, as a respiratory stimulant used in ulcers and topical sores. Myrrh essential oil is especially effective in improving skin conditions such as athlete’s foot, chapped and cracked skin, eczema, ringworm, and may slow the aging / wrinkling process in skin.
Myrrh may be safely ingested according to Kurt Schnaubelt in his book Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils by infusing into a glass of water (very poor solubility) or a drop in a tsp of honey. Less is more when ingesting essential oils – consider combining with one or two drops with a few drops of lemon, spearmint, or clove in 16 OZ glass of super-hot water for sore throats or acute digestive problems. This can be an effective tonic for the digestive system aiding in pain, inflammation, diarrhea, flatulence, and loss of appetite (Schnaubelt, 134).
The inhalation method or rag with hot water method can infuse myrrh essential oil into the lungs to aid symptoms. Myrrh is a popular ingredient in natural mouthwashes and toothpastes which can be used on the toothbrush or added into your mouthwash to help recovery from gingivitis.
As a final note, I found it interesting that research has been done involving essential oils with cancer treatment and recovery from chemotherapy. Many oils can be useful to drain toxins from the body, stimulate the nervous system and provide anti-depressant properties to help the body rebound. Myrrh is in this category as it increases cell turnover, and generally reboots and has “equilibrating effects on the psycho-neuro-endocrine-immunological systems” (Schnaubelt, 179).
Once I heard a researcher’s excited lecture (who had a number of patents on cancer pharmaceutical treatments) about his latest research and the effectiveness he found on a number of cancer types using a combination of 90% Frankincense and 10% Myrrh. He was last developing a more targeted delivery system from these natural essential oils and had impressive results in his lab work.
Non-irritant, Non sensitizing. Possibly toxic in high concentrations. Not to be used during pregnancy!
Country of Origin: Somalia
Extraction Method: CO2 Select Extract
Blends Well With: Benzoin, Cypress, Frankincense Carterii, Royal Sandalwood, Geranium, Lavender, Mandarin, Oakmoss, Patchouli, Pine, Rose, Sweet Marjoram, Thyme (Red)
How to Use
Respiratory aid: Use the palm inhalation/ finger snap method- warm up the oil in the palms and inhale deeply OR mix with very hot water and soak a rag and inhale over the face
Mouth and gums: Blend a few drops with your favorite toothpaste or place one drop on your toothbrush at night. Also, this oil can be added to water and swished around and through the teeth and gums for 30 seconds.
Skin: To relieve skin conditions, Myrrh essential oil can be added to a carrier oil in desired proportions and rubbed into the affected area a few times daily. In the case of sores or cracked/damaged skin, a layer of this mixture can be left on the affected area to soak in. Consider occlusion over the healing area with a cloth wrap or some chewed up yarrow / other vegetative material combined with myrrh infused carrier oil.
Stomach / digestive: Add a drop or two of Myrrh to your favorite tea, or make your own essential oil tea with your favorite oils that are suitable for internal consumption. For acute cases only.
General Stimulant: This oil can be a wonderful every day stimulant when rubbed into the temples and around the chakras.
- Schnaubelt, Kurt. The Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils. Healing Arts Press 2011, India. P. 179
- Lawless, Julia. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Essential Oils. Element Books, 1995, Great Britain, Australia, USA p. 125
- Health Benefits of Myrrh Essential Oil. www.organicfacts.net (https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-myrrh-essential-oil.html) 2015 Organic Information Services Pvt Ltd. Accessed 12/4/2015 2:00P