Myrrh has been used for centuries as an ingredient in incense, perfumes,
and for embalming and fumigations in Ancient Egypt. In folk tradition it was
used for muscular pains and in rheumatic plasters. In China mo yao has been
used since at least 600B.C. Primarily as a wound herb and blood stimulant.
Myrrh oil, distilled from the resin, has been used since ancient Greek times
to heal wounds.
Description of Myrrh :
A small tree which is the source of myrrh. The gum resin exudate from
wounds in the stem is pale yellow at first and later solidifies ti
black-brown. Oil is slightly viscous, yellowish to amber orange with a
warm-spicy, balsamic fragrance. Overly viscous, dark brown oils may be
extracted resinoids and not steam distilled essential oils, which are more
useful in aromatherapy applications. Myrrh resinoids are more appropriate as
Yellowish to orange
: Rich, Balsamic, Spicy, Warm, Earthy, Woody
: Golden/yellow brown
Myrrh oil has various chemical
compounds that include Heerabolene, limonene, dipentene, pinene, eugenol,
cinnamaldehyde, cuminaldehyde and cadinene..
: : It is extracted by the solvent extraction of
resinoid from crude myrrh while oil is obtained by steam distillation.
New Method Of Extraction :
Simplers Myrrh is CO2 processed, a method that uses carbon dioxide in a
supercritical state in order to extract essential oil quickly through low
heat and high pressure. Because CO2 is a gas, it is completely removed when
the pressure is released, resulting in a premium extract that contains no
solvent residues. This method is one of the most advanced extraction
processes in the world and produces extracts high in physiological activity
with fragrances that come very close to the aroma of the plant, often more
accurately than with steam distillation.
It has therapeutic properties which includes anticatarrhal,
anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antiphlogistic, astringent, balsamic,
expectorant, antiseptic, fungicidal, revitalizing, sedative,
stimulant-digestive and pulmonary tonic, tonic-uterine(emmenagogue)
hormone-like (thyroid modulator) and aphrodisiac. One of the most
appropriate ways to use myrrh may be to burn the crude resin on hot coals as
the ancients did. This simple ritual will release a distinctive aroma and
sinuous trails of fragrant incense that hold a mysterious presence in the
room. The curling tendrils of burning frankincense and myrrh have measured
the passage of history, and facilitate the navigation of inner and outer
For rejuvenation & meditation
- myrrh is used after a
stressful event or an extended illness, to revitalizes both body and mind.
- inhale the fragrance of myrrh essential
oil or the crushed resin to awaken your awareness of the spiritual reality
behind our everyday existence. This is an excellent tool to use prior to or
during religious rituals. The resultant expanded awareness also helps calm
fears and halt questions concerning the future.
Myrrh - Deep meditation, mystical, sacred. Promotes inner strength,
confidence and courage.
Myrrh oil is effective against excessive mucus in the lungs and helps to
clear ailments such as cold, catarrh, coughs, sore throats and bronchitis.
It is used for diarrhoea, dyspepsia, flatulence and hemorrhoids
(haemorrhoids). 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 labor in childbirth.
Myrrh is commonly used in Chinese medicine for rheumatism, arthritis and
circulatory problems. A direct emmenagogue, a tonic in dyspepsia,
an expectorant in the absence of feverish symptoms, a stimulant to the
mucous tissues, a stomach carminative, exciting appetite and the flow of
gastric juice and an
Myrrh essential oil has been useful for amenorrhea, dysmenorrhea,
menopause, uterine tumors, as it purges stagnant blood out of the uterus.
Good for obesity and diabetes. It is used in chronic catarrh, phthisis
pulmonalis, chlorosis, and in amenorrhoea is often combined with aloes and
iron. As a wash it is good for spongy gums, ulcerated throat and aphthous
stomatitis and the tincture is also applied to foul and indolent ulcers. It
has been found helpful in bronchorrhoea and leucorrhoea. The oil, resinoid
and tincture are used in pharmaceutical products including mouthwashes,
gargles and toothpaste; also used in dentistry.
Cosmetics and Toiletries:
The oil and resinoid are used as fixatives and fragrance components in
soaps, detergents, cosmetics and perfumes, especially oriental types and
Myrrh Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential oils is used in soap making
ingredients, lotions, massage oils, diffusers, potpourri, scent, air
fresheners, body fragrance, perfume oils, aromatherapy products, bath oils,
towel scenting, spa's, incense, light rings, laundry, facial steams, hair
treatments and more. Myrrh has been used for centuries as an ingredient in
incense, perfumes and for embalming and fumigations in Ancient Egypt and
other Western countries.
For a disinfectant
- combine 3 drops of myrrh, in an
aromatherapy lamp to reduce the risk of spreading an infection and combating
in sickrooms. Myrrh has one of the highest levels of
sesquiterpenes, a class of compounds that has direct effects on the
hypothalamus, pituitary and amygdala, the seat of our emotions. Myrrh is
widely used today in oral hygiene products.
Incence and Perfumery:
Myrrh has been used as a oldest known perfumery material. Burning incense
on charcoal is truly a unique and up-lifting experience. Each resin opens an
avenue of peace and contentment. Mystical myrrh resins, fills natural
fragrances, warm the heart, calm the mind, attunes one in spirit. Myrrh is
used in perfumery, mouth washes, massage, diffuser, denifrices and in
religious ceremonies as incense. Because of its ability to preserve, the
fresh myrrh oil was used as a cosmetic ingredient. It is reputed to reduce
wrinkles and preserve a youthful complexion. Egyptian women used myrrh in
their facial preparations. It has a slightly cooling effect on the skin, and
so would be especially useful in a hot dry climate. It has been used since
ancient times to prevent ageing and rejuvenate body and mind, it is very
specific for skin diseases. Gum is stimulating, draining, purifying, toning
and moderately warming.