Myrrh Essential Oil

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Myrrh Essential Oil 100% PureBotanical Name: Commiphora myrrha
Plant Family: Burseraceae
Country of Origin: Ethiopia
Plant Part: Resin
Growth Method: Wild Harvest
Extraction Method: Steam Distillation
Color: Pale Yellow
Consistency: Medium
Strength of Aroma: Strong

One of the three gifts of the Magi on the Christmas night, the resin of Myrrh was valued as much as gold in ancient times. It comes from a delightful tree that is closely related to Frankincense and belongs to the same family of Burseraceae. The tree is a small, multi-stemmed shrub growing up to 4 meters high with small white flowers and aromatic leaves. It grows naturally in Arabia, northeast Africa and the region around the Red Sea, especially Somalia, Yemen and Ethiopia. The resin is obtained in same way as Frankincense. While Frankincense was often used as an incense in temples and religious ceremonies, Myrrh was used as an embalming agent and perfume for burial of the dead. In fact, the use of Myrrh goes back far further than the earliest written records.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurvedic Medicine, Myrrh was highly valued as a healing ointment for wounds that are slow to heal. It is a cellular regenerator. It stimulates the regeneration of skin cells, improves circulation, maintains healthy skin and reputedly prevents premature aging. It helps the skin look smoother and youthful. Myrrh is one of the best essential oils for treating rough, cracked and chapped skin.

Myrrh is also antiseptic and highly antibacterial. It stimulates the production of infection-fighting leukocytes and has a direct antimicrobial effect on its own. It is a gentle anti-inflammatory for topical treatments of sore throats, gum diseases and mouth ulcers. Myrrh is a common ingredient in many toothpaste and mouthwashes. It is often added to fight the bacterial that cause tooth decay, relieve toothache and prevent bad breath.

Myrrh has a very gentle calming effect on the nervous system. Recent studies showed that the sesquiterpenes content in Myrrh essential oil is able to ease pain by binding to the opioid receptors in the brain, working in the same pathways as the opioids. This anaesthetic aspects, together with its calming effect, make it a natural painkiller suitable in the management of non-malignant chronic pain.

Beside its analgesic properties, Myrrh essential oil has a tonic effect and stimulating actions on the stomach and the whole digestive tract. It stimulates appetite, reduces stomach gas and acidity, and is an effective remedy for diarrhea when gently massaged over the stomach and abdomen.

The fragrance is bitter, as its name in Arabic. The essential oil has warm, dusty, spicy-balsamic top notes and resinous, slightly medicinal, woodsmoke undertones.

Myrrh is one of the most spiritual essential oils. It inspires peace and tranquility and is excellent for meditation. It fortifies both body and mind, strengthens the emotions, encourages initiatives and keeps the mind clear and focus. Myrrh is a psychic protection and a symbol of eternity.

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Myrrh is toxic in high concentration. It relieves scanty menstruation and should be avoided by those who have heavy periods.

Do not take essential oils internally or use without the guidance of a qualified practitioner. The information provided here is for general use only and is not intended to replace medical diagnosis or treatment. Avoid during pregnancy.

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